Friday, October 2, 2020

2020 Spooky TBR


Hi my loves since it's October, I thought I would challenge myself to read from the paranormal bookshelf that I have been severely neglecting so far this year.  With so many choices I decided I didn't want to tie myself down to specific books because as we know the second I do that, I rebel and don't follow through so instead I have a few prompts that will aide me in picking a few good reads this month. 

There is also a Samhain WitchAthon taking place from October 24th to the 31st. Here are the prompts:
  •  Samhain is a time for honoring your ancestors... so once again, pick a book that features your heritage.
  •  This Sabbat is a time when the veil is thinnest, pick a book that features communing with the dead... (ghosts or mediumship or necromancy)
  • We are heading into the darkest part of the year... Pick a book that promises to be dark & twisted.
  • Witches often make offerings to spirit guides or gods... Pick a book that involves a pantheon of deities!
  • Dancing round the bonfire is a Samhain tradition... pick a book that has fire on the cover.
  • Many celebrate the Sabbat as Halloween and dress up, post a picture of your costume and tag the readathon!
  • Read Group book Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir ( I won't be doing this as I'm reading only books I own) 
You can follow along on twitter with the hashtag #WitchAThon and the live show after the readathon is on November 1st at 6pm CST

Spooky Reads for the Season:
Authors:
  • L.A. Banks 
  • Heather Graham & the Krewe of Hunters series
  • Gena Showalter
  • Nalini Singh
  • Maggie Shayne ( non ebooks only) 
  • Shiloh Walker
  • Katie MacAlister
  • Jennifer L Armentrout
  • Holly Black
  • Lilith Saintcrow
  • Natasha Preston
  • Christine Feehan
  • Alice Hoffman
  • The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury
  • The Witches by Roal Dahl 
  • Fifth Grave by Darynda Jones
  • A Little Night Magic
  • Thornjack (re-read) by Katherine Harbour
  • Briar Queen by Katherine Harbour
  • Nettle King by Katherine Harbour
  • Julie Kagawa
  • Rin Chupeco
These are just a few of the books and authors I want to check in on. Let me know what spooky books are on your list this month. If you would like to buddy read let me know. 

May your reading be hauntingly awesome this month my loves


Thursday, July 2, 2020

2020 Jennifer In July Challenge

Hi my loves

This is going to be my second year of doing this spin on the Jennifer in July reading challenge I give myself every year. Instead of reading just Jennifer L Armentrout I will be reading all the Jennifers/ Jens/ Jenna/ or variety of that name on my shelves. It's pretty extensive as well I can't wait to dive in. I have a varied list of books from several sub-genres of Romance and I'm so excited.

Last Year's Stats
Physical TBR: 31 
Ebook TBR: 7
Total To Read: 38
Completed in 2019: 8

Completed in 2020:
Physical TBR: 24
Ebook TBR: 5
To Be Read: 29

Jennifer L Armentrout ( All the Series Starters)
  • Midnight and Sins 
  • The Darkest Star
  • The Return
  • White Hot Kiss
  • Stone Cold Touch
  • LUX
Jennifer  Lynn Barnes:
  • Raised by Wolves
  • Trial By Fire (A Raised by Wolves Novel)
Jennifer Bernard
  • The Fireman Who Love Me (Book 1)
  • Hot For Fireman (Book 2)
Jenna Black
  • Glimmerglass
Jennifer Brown
  • Torn Away (ARC)
  • Thousand Words
Jennifer Cruise:
  • Agnes and the Hitman
  • Faking It
Jennifer Donnelly
  • Deep Blue
  • Rogue Wave
  • These Shallow Graves (Physical ARC)
Jennifer Greene
  • Where Is He Now??
  • Blame It on Paris
Jennifer  Haymore
  • The Rogue's Proposal (ARC)
Jennifer Holm
  • The Fourteenth Goldfish (ARC)
Jennifer Mathieu
  • The Truth About Alice (ARC)
Mary Jennifer Payne
  • Since You've Been Gone (ARC)
Jennifer Probst:
  • Searching for Always
  • Searching for Disaster
Jennifer E Smith
  • The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight
  • The Geography of Me & You (ARC)
  • Hello Goodbye and Everything in Between (Physical ARC)
Motivation: Every 5 books from the physical stack that I read I earn 1 (one) new book from my wishlist of books I have.  Goal 7 new books. 

2019 Books Read:  8          Books Earned from Wishlist: 1
2020 Books Read:      Books Earned From Wishlist:

Would you like to participate with me?? Share what your list looks like and we can motivate each other on twitter, facebook or instagram.

Happy Reading my loves,

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

July 2020 To Be Read Pile


My goal this year is 225  books, if I break that down it comes out to 18 books per month, with 3 to 4  books a week. Totally doable in my books, so as the proverb says, you can eat an elephant one bite at a time, so here are my first few bites:

To be real the last few weeks have been very trying and I haven't really gotten anything read. I start a whole bunch of stuff and DNF for now because I just don't feel the reading bug. Or the blogging bug or anything really, I'm just working on getting up and going to work on time. I do believe though if you fail to plan that you plan to fail so here is my obviously ambitious plan for the month, well see at the end where we are.

Key:
Blue means the book added during the month. 
Red= DNF (Did Not Finish) 
Black= Original Titles at the beginning of the month.


Read So Far This Year: 
63

TBR Pile 
225

TBR Balance:
162
    Lemonade Syllabus:
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    Perpetual Author Challenge:
    • Spencer's Forbidden Seduction Brenda Jackson 
    • Beverly Jenkins
    • Coel's Red Hot Pursuit by Brenda Jackson
    • Bane by Brenda Jackson
    • One Night with the Wealthy Rancher by Brenda Jackson

    Black Out Challenge:

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    Erotica books:
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    Non Fiction Books:
    1. Religious Book
    2. Religious Book

    How is this quarantine affecting your reading my loves?? What are you going to be reading my loves?? Share in the comments down below if you have read any of these and as always

    Happy Reading

    Friday, May 1, 2020

    May 2020 TBR


    My goal this year is 225  books, if I break that down it comes out to 18 books per month, with 3 to 4  books a week. Totally doable in my books, so as the proverb says, you can eat an elephant one bite at a time, so here are my first few bites:

    TO be real the last few weeks have been very trying and I haven't really gotten anything read. is tart a whole bunch of stuff and DNF for now because I just don't feel the reading bug. Or the blogging bug or anything really, I'm just working on getting up and going to work on time. I do believe though if you fail to plan that you plan to fail so here is my obviously ambitious plan for the month, well see at the end where we are.

    Key:
    Blue means the book added during the month. 
    Red= DNF (Did Not Finish) 
    Black= Original Titles at the beginning of the month.


    Read So Far This Year: 
    47

    TBR Pile 
    225

    TBR Balance:
    178
      Lemonade Syllabus:
      1. .
      2. .
      Perpetual Author Challenge:
      • Brenda Jackson 
      • Beverly Jenkins
      • Brenda Jackson
      Finish Series Challenge:
      • Panther Prowling by Yasmine Galenorn ✓
      • Yasmine Galenorn ✓
      • Sylvia Day Georgian series
      • Christine Feehan Shadow Riders: Published 2020
      • Christine Feehan Water Bound (Book 1)
      • Air Bound by Christine Feehan
      • Earth Bound by Christine Feehan  
      ARC
      • Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai
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      Black Out Challenge:
      • The Right Swipe Alisha Rai
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      Erotica books:
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      Non Fiction Books:
      1. Religious Book
      2. Religious Book
      3. Finance Book
      4. Social issues Book
      5. Personal Interest Book
      How is this quarantine affecting your reading my loves?? What are you going to be reading my loves?? Share in the comments down below if you have read any of these and as always

      Happy Reading

      Friday, April 3, 2020

      Quarter 1 Wrap Up: Jan 1 to March 31, 2020

      Hi my loves

      It's the end of March and end of the first quarter of the year. Here we are looking back at January 1st  to March 31st and our accomplishments from our goals and objectives of this year.  The first part of the year was a bit of a wash, I didn't have the reading bug and nothing seemed to make it appear so I stopped pushing and did other things. February though?? I really made up for it with March really helping me to move the needle forward and I'm so glad. I wanted to share how I've been doing:

      Year Goal:225
      Current: 39
       Balance: 186

      Series Completed: (Number of Books Read)
      • Inn Boonsboro Trilogy by Nora Roberts (2) 
      • In The Garden Series by Nora Roberts (2)
      • In Death Series by J.D. Robb (Current) 
      • All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness (2)
      • Forbidden Hearts Trilogy by Alisha Rai (3)
      Series Started & Caught Up On:
      • Blessing Series by Beverly Jenkins (Book 9)
      • Brooklyn Brujas by Zoraida Cordova (Book 1) 
      • MacKade Brothers by Nora Roberts (Book 1) 
      • Otherworld/Sisters of the Moon by Yasmine Galenorn (Books 5-13)
      • Westmoreland Legacies by Brenda Jackson (Book 3) 
      • Heirs of Hansol by Jayci Lee (Book 1) 
      • Bliss Colorado by Lexi Blake ( Book 1) 
      Blackout Challenge Books:
      • Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
      • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
      • With The Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo
      • American Street by Ibi Zoboi
      • Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson
      Statistics Time:

      Total Read: 39
      Physically Owned: 29
      2020 Purchased/ Hauled: 2
      Owned (From my Shelves inc ebooks owned): 32
      Unowned/ Borrowed From Library/ Subscription service) : 3
      ARCS: 4

      Reading Format 
      Ebook: 8
      Audiobook: 31
      Physical : 0

      Haul (From Jan to March)

      Originally I was aiming for only 20 books for the year. Then this wildness kicked off and I needed something to get my mind off of the world imploding and me not being able to do anything about it so I dealt with my anxiety by shopping. I can always shop for books, there is always room for books so here we are:

      ARCS: 11

      Pre-Orders: 4

      Dollar Tree & Paperbackswap: 

      Unhaul:

      While I have been bringing in a few titles I have also gotten rid of a few. through my paperbackswap listing. (Check me out if you want to trade books as well) 
      1. Tangled Threat by Heather Graham. I had two copies and since this wasn't a book I saw myself re-reading I traded them both. 
      2. Jesus Through Pagan Eyes.by Rev Mark Townsend I owned several copies of this book. I decided I didn't need three copies on my shelves so I traded one so far. 
      3. Awakened by P.C Cast. I've had this random book on my shelves and before I moved I pulled a few I knew I wasn't ever going to actually get to and this was one of them.  
      And that's where we are so far.  I'm loving my progress so far this year, it's going great. I've read quite a few books from all the different shelves in my library and I'm excited to see where we end up next quarter.

      How are you doing on your challenge this year so far?? Read anything interesting this quarter?? What are your goals for next quarter??


      Wednesday, April 1, 2020

      April 2020 TBR


      My goal this year is 225  books, if I break that down it comes out to 19 books per month, with 4 to 5  books a week. Totally doable in my books. This month's theme is also going to pivot off my perfect reading TBR along with YA and NA being the major focus of the month.  I have so many of these books on my shelf that I want to get read so I'm jumping in. As the proverb says, you can eat an elephant one bite at a time, so here are my first few bites:

      Key:
      Blue means the book added during the month. Red= DNF (Did Not Finish) Black= Original Titles at the beginning of the month.


      Read So Far This Year: 
      39

      TBR Pile
      225

      TBR Balance:
      186
        Brenda Jackson Challenge:
        • Westmoreland Book
        • Steele Book
        • Bennett Book
        YA/ New Adult Challenge:
        1. The Fight by L Divine
        2. Jacqueline Woodson
        3. Nic Stone
        4. Walter Dean Mosley
        5. Brave by Tammara Webber ( my final unread book by her) 
        6. Losing It by Cora Cormack
        7. Slammed Colleen Hoover
        8. The Edge of Never by J.R Redmerski
        Perpetual Author Challenge:
        • Christine Feehan
        • Sylvia Day
        • A. R Torre'
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        Finish Series Challenge: ( YA/ NA Books) 
        • Forged by Fire by Sharon M Draper
        • Darkness Before Dawn by Sharon M Draper
        • Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally
        • Things I Can't Forget by Miranda Kenneally
        • Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally
        • Holly Black Title 
        • Holly Black Title
        ARC
        • Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson
        • How To Love Your Elef by Kerrelyn Sparks
        • Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai

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        Black Out Challenge:
        • Panic by Sharon M Draper
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        Erotica Books:
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        Non Fiction Books:
        1. Religious Book
        What are you going to be reading my loves?? Share in the comments down below if you have read any of these and as always

        Happy Reading

        Wednesday, March 25, 2020

        Audiobook #Review: An Honorable Seduction (Westmoreland Legacies Book 3) by Brenda Jackson


        Book Title: An Honorable Seduction (Westmoreland Legacies # 3)
        Author:  Brenda Jackson |WebsiteTwitterFacebook|
        Publisher: Harlequin Desire
        Genre: Romance, Interracial Romance, Military Romance
        Series/Standalone: Book 3
        Format: Audiobook, Mass Market Paperback
        Narrator: Brian Hutchison 
        Audio Service: Scribd
        Hours in Book: 4 hours 50 mins
        Cost: $20.00
        Pages: 224
        How I got it: Purchased
        Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Publisher
        Publication Date: May 08, 2018
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        Synopsis:
        This Navy SEAL is on a top-secret mission of seduction ...David Holloway is used to hard assignments. Now he faces his most difficult yet: cozying up to the soft curves of Swan Jamison. He wants to know the island beauty ... in every way. But romancing Swan as part of his SEAL team's mission tests his honor, even as his feelings become increasingly real. Soon he must make a choice: duty ... or desire? (

        Overall:
        A military romance with mystery, intrigue, international espionage and sexy times. Where do I sign up?? Plus it's linked to the Westmoreland family sagas?? Yes, please.

        Narrator:
        Brian Hutchison. This is the first time I've listened to anything read by him and I enjoyed his narration. The story flowed and he was able to make each character unique enough for a distinction between them and I was hooked because of how he read the story as well. Well done!!

        Story:
        I grabbed this recently after being at home due to recovering after emergency surgery.  I didn't feel the urge to read but wanted something to keep me occupied while I was stuck in the bed. I decided I didn't want anything with crazy plot lines I wanted some good loving and great family dynamics and I was so glad I snagged this one.

        Told using dual perspectives, we have the story of Swan & David. David known as Flipper to his friends is a Navy SEAL who is due for a vacation and is instead given the option for a top-secret mission., this mission is being asked of him by the top brass who he really respects and he decides to take the mission.  Swan owns a boutique in her mother's hometown, where she not only sells unique designs she makes herself but also rents out part of her shop to a successful tattoo parlor. Unbeknownst to Swan, she's being investigated for her part in the selling of US intelligence secrets to the Chinese.

        David gets to the island to investigate and is surprised that when he meets Swan in the flesh he's beyond attracted to her. He has to keep this professional not just because her Uncles are his Superior officers, but because he can't afford to be distracted on the mission.

        As with all Brenda's books, the chemistry was off the charts and the couple were hilarious together. Both were being cautious, Swan because she had learned the harsh lessons of the past from her parents' marriage and how they were treated by their families. While her parents had a happy marriage after what happens to them Swan has made the choice to never date military and to be extremely cautious about interracial dating.  David is trying to stay focused, finish the mission prove that Swan is innocent and get out of this mission without compromising his honor.

        I really loved the story and it kept me intrigued, because not only did we have the mystery of who was selling the secrets if it wasn't Swan. I loved how they talked about what dating would look like and how they went slowly because David recognized that Swan needed the time and space to re-evaluate what was once on her never list. They are so many characters who could have been the ones responsible and some I didn't expect. Once we began to unravel the mystery and more information began to come out I was deeply hooked.

        I enjoyed the mystery the romance and the final chapters. I loved how Swan reacted because honestly #Same, and I loved how Flipper got around her fears.

        I skipped reading in order like I have been for the rest of the Westmoreland series, so I could read this. I didn't know all the characters David was connected to so I missed that "ahh" aspect when you read a series to the current books. However I still enjoyed the book, it wasn't necessary to know all the background of the characters as there was a brief description when needed. I loved this one especially because Flipper has such good friends. Now I'm going backward to go read those books.
         ★★★★☆
        RECOMMENDATIONS
        • The Westmoreland series by Brenda Jackson
        • The Protector Series by Brenda Jackson
        Happy Reading my loves, 

        Tuesday, March 24, 2020

        Book #Review: Blame It on The Billionaire (Blackout Billionaires Book 3) by Naima Simone .@Naima_Simone #blackoutbillionaires

        Book Title: Blame It On The Billionaire (Blackout Billionaires Book 3)
        Author:  Naima Simone |WebsiteTwitterFacebook| Instagram
        Publisher: Harlequin Desire
        Genre: Romance, Interracial Romance
        Series/Standalone: Book 3
        Format: Mass Market Paperback
        Cost: $3.99
        Pages: 224
        How I got it: Purchased 
        Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Publisher
        Publication Date: Feb 04, 2020
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        Synopsis:
        A dramatic chemistry-filled contemporary romance from USA TODAY bestselling author Naima Simone.

        She fell into his arms... now she’s falling for his trap.
        Will a blackout change everything for these unlikely lovers?

        It was a night filled with secrets, lies…and soul-stealing passion. And now the blackout that turned lowly executive assistant Nadia Jordan and start-up billionaire Grayson Chandler into insatiable lovers leads to a proposal Nadia can’t refuse. As she steps into Grayson’s privileged Chicago world, will his matchmaking mother and vengeful ex destroy her dreams? Or will her fake fiancĂ© make those dreams a reality?

        What happens in the dark never stays in the dark... Don’t miss the family drama, secrets and passion in the Blackout Billionaires series:
        The Billionaire’s Bargain
        Black Tie Billionaire
        Blame It on the Billionaire
        I was super excited to get this one. It's the final installment in the series and I wanted to know how Grayson's story would shake out.  I was so hooked to this story that I was almost late to an appointment and when I left the appointment I sat in the parking lot and read until I finished the book.  I was just so invested it was awesome.

        We meet Grayson Chandler, the second son of the great Chandler family in Chicago, who with his best friend Gideon created a company that is making strides in the Tech world is at the same ball with Gideon and is currently trying to outrun his mother's matchmaking and his ex's machinations when he runs into Nadia Jordan, small-town transplant who happens to work for his company; she's at the ball on her day off because her boss an executive in Grayson's company needed a shirt to replace the one he spilled on. While trying to run the errand she runs in the CEO of the company and just when she didn't things could go more awry the lights go down and they are stuck together.  When the lights are out it gives them a chance to drop their masks and not hide. They share details they wouldn't share with others and spend a night of passion they normally wouldn't indulge in.

        The characters are well done and even the side characters are as well. I loved that even though the story really focuses on the growing relationship between Nadia and Grayson that their friends and family are seen a bit. I loved the sibling relationships that were shared and that they were loving and even when strained still filled with love.   Both Grayson and Nadia where characters you could root for because they felt so real. When they faced issues they dealt with them realistically, even when it would hurt. I loved that. I loved the chemistry between them, and how even in the moments of passion neither took the other's consent for granted, but in fact enthusiastically sought and given.  Even though both of them bore the scars of betrayal they still without really meaning to seek it in the other, even after they warned each other that this wasn't real. Ugh, that is my jam!! I loved the way the POV went back and forth between them allowing us to see the motivations that they each had and of course progressed the story as some scenes only included one of the characters.

        I absolutely love how Naima writes her stories, her characters are well thought out, charismatic and they just flow so well. The chemistry, the realness of the conversations they should be having?!!! Just *chefs kiss* beautiful. I love how strong and yet vulnerable they both are. When Grayson finds himself in a tough spot he backs them into a bit of a corner and even though Nadia knows she's not from the same social stratosphere as the people in her new social circle she refuses to be cowed by it. She doesn't need to be rescued, she's got her own escape plan, but a partner in crime would be nice.

        This is a modern romance, with a strong but vulnerable alpha who knows his privilege and power and doesn't abuse it. He, in fact, makes sure those within his employ never take advantage they shouldn't. A strong, vulnerable woman who knows her worth and isn't willing to settle for anything less than what she fully deserves. I loved how the story circled back to sacrifice and how no matter the social status some families require it. And what should sacrifice and happiness look like?? I cracked up because when I was reading I kept saying the "effing patriarchy" because the solution was RIGHT THERE and then, of course, our good guy figured it out!!
         ★★★★☆
        Series In Order
        • The Billionaire's Bargain
        • Blacktie Billionaire
        • Blame It On The Billionaire
        RECOMMENDATIONS
        • Tempted by the Temporary Wife by Jayci Lee
        Happy Reading my loves, 

        Monday, March 23, 2020

        ARC Book #Review: Temporary Wife Temptation (Heirs of Hansol Book 1) by Jayci Lee #TemporaryWifeTemptation #NetGalley

        Book Title: Temporary Wife Temptation (Heirs of Hansol 1)
        Author: Jayci Lee |WebsiteTwitterFacebook| Instagram
        Publisher: Harlequin Desire
        Genre: Romance, Contemporary Romance
        Series/Standalone: Book 1
        Format: ebook, Mass Market
        Cost: $5.25
        Pages: 224
        How I got it: ARC via NetGalley
        Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Publisher
        Publication Date: Feb 04, 2020
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        Synopsis:
        Harlequin Desire: Be transported to the worlds of oil barons, family dynasties, moguls and celebrities. Get ready for juicy plot twists, delicious sensuality and intriguing scandal.

        Much more than he bargained for…

        “You want me to find you a wife?”

        “No. I want you to be my wife.”

        Garrett Song is this close to taking the reins of his family’s LA fashion empire…until the Song matriarch insists he marry her handpicked bride first. To block her matchmaking, he recruits Natalie Sobol to pose as his wife. She needs a fake spouse as badly as he does. But when passion burns down their chaste agreement, the flames could destroy them all…
        This is one of my favorite tropes " the fake fiance/spouse" trope and Jayci executed this one well. For a debut author, the chemistry and the push/pull of the relationship is extremely well done.  The chemistry between Natalie and Garrett was off the charts.   Natalie is in a power struggle with an older couple to adopt her niece but being a single woman is working against her. Garrett's Grandmother won't turn over the reins of the family business until he marries the woman she's picked out for him. Garrett doesn't believe in marriage and happily ever after, so he makes a bid to outmatch his Grandmother by saying he already has a fiance.  Natalie works as the HR rep for the LA office of the business Garrett's family runs and when she messes up the chance to have a promotion that would have increased her earning potential as well as allowing her to give the courts a better chance for her to adopt her niece she is willing to take Garrett's proposal. Except she has a crush on him and he finds her irresistible. They make a bargain to keep this platonic except they can't seem to keep their hands off each other.

        There are so many good moments within the story, from the moment when Garrett tries to rescue Natalie from his Grandmother and instead interrupts teatime?? I was cracking up. I loved that the fact that they were Korean played a big part in their romance and how their relationship along with the fake relationship was being shaped and shared. I loved that Natalie had a friend that had her back and was willing to teach her what she didn't know as well as help her out when she was feeling overwhelmed.  I enjoyed the way the two interacted and how they worked their way from being wary platonic compatriots to lovers to are we or are we not in a relationship??

        After getting married to help accomplish their goals Garrett distances himself and Natalie works on getting her niece since that was her reason for being in this relationship. While they fake it for the cameras and family, the chemistry builds for them and they eventually work to a personal relationship. I really enjoyed Garrett's family as well, his sister seems like an interesting woman and I  can't wait for the developing stories in the series. Garrett has *as all the reluctant protags in these romances do* a few moments where he does the stupidest thing ever that risks the relationship and family. Natalie doesn't make it easy for him and I loved the grand gesture.

        This is one of the first times I can personally remember reading a romance featuring two Korean characters and I loved it. I will definitely be adding Jayci into the rotation of must follow authors.
         ★★★★☆
        Series In Order

        • Temporary Wife Temptation (Heir of Hansol 1) 
        Happy Reading my loves, 

        Thursday, March 5, 2020

        Audiobook #Review: Tangled Threat by Heather Graham #TangledThreat #NetGalley


        Book Title: Tangled Threat
        Author:  Heather Graham |WebsiteTwitterFacebook| Instagram
        Publisher: Harlequin Intrigue
        Genre: Paranormal Romance
        Series/Standalone: Standalone
        Format: Audiobook/ Mass Market
        Narrator: Eva Kaminsky 
        Audio Service: Hoopla (Library App)
        Hours in Book: 5 Hours
        Cost: $3.99
        Pages: 256
        How I got it: ARC From NetGalley & Pre-order from Amazon 
        Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound
        Publication Date: August 20, 2019
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        Synopsis:
        Some things you can’t forget.

        A body hanging from the infamous History Tree unraveled their teenage love. Now Maura Antrim is again tangled up with Brock McGovern. Twelve years later, they’re back where that murder occurred—where Brock had been arrested and then released, where Maura had run, too scared to stand by his side. But with two women missing, and Brock now an FBI agent, Maura is determined to help. Together, they’ll have to confront a threat that never died and see if their passion has withstood the test of time.

        Overall:
        As much as I love Heather, this was a very "meh" story. It just wasn't for me. I tried reading it as an ARC and wasn't hooked, then snagged a copy of the audio to listen to. While it flowed well, the story had too much history and not enough time spent on creating the tension in plot. There were supposed to be on the hunt for missing women and yet despite saying they were worried almost everyone seemed to just be blase' about it. Even a woman who would fit the description was a total idiot when being told to be careful.  The characters were supposed to be hot and heavy teens with their who lives figured out and when they deal with a tragedy it changes them and yet when they meet up again there is this absolutely no tension about how things were left, no resentment, no anger about how they were treated no hurt, just a easy acceptance without there being any tension one would expect, it just falls in so easy ( like way too easy).

        Narrator: Eva Kaminsky

        This is my first time with this narrator and she certainly tried to make the story flow well. Her inflections and narration helped to make the story much more interesting. When I expected something explosive it was truly based on the way she was reading the material, but when scenes fell flat it was because of the material.

        Story:

        For the first time in a long time with a Heather Graham book I was looking forward to the end and not because I wanted to get to the whole story, nope I just wanted it to end.  This is a second chance romance and I didn't feel like the characters were interesting, and with all the potential the story was boring.  There wasn't much chemistry, they barely talked and I don't know there wasn't any real tension about what her mother had done or how things were handled.  The build up of the locations and the way the history was being talked about I expected way more than we got.

        I learned more about Florida's history and frankly very little of what we learned aided in the story. It wasn't until the last ten pages that the tension of the book even manifested. The villains and their motivation were very weak and I honestly just didn't care at the end. Someone can only be so dumb before you want them to be one of the people who goes missing.   The red herring we were giving would have been a better solution than the answer we were given.

        When i started following along in the physical book and realized we were over half way through without the two star crossed lovers even really getting anytime alone I knew I was done.  Everyone was acting like him spending one night in jail was supposed to derail his life ( considering he never even saw the judge and no charges were pressed against him, and his family money and influence made sure he never faced any consequences, not sure how that was supposed to happen).  The idea that you loved someone so much that one night makes you turn away from them and neither of you show up to demand answers?? You followed your parents directive and made no attempt to reach out to the other person and then wondered why they didn't follow up???

        For a couple that was supposed to be getting back together from a 12 year separation I didn't feel the heat of their relationship. they didn't really have any depth of feeling and While it only took 3 hours to listen to the story I wasn't hooked. When it ended I was like wait what that's it?? Where is the rest?? It felt unfinished.
         ★★★
        RECOMMENDATIONS
        • Heather Graham Krewe of Hunters series
        • Sizzle Julie Garwood
        Happy Reading my loves, 

        Wednesday, March 4, 2020

        Audiobook #Review: The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy Book 3) by Deborah Harkness

        Book Title: The Book Of Life ( All Souls Trilogy #3)
        Author: Deborah Harkness |WebsiteTwitterFacebookInstagram
        Publisher: Viking Adult
        Genre: Paranormal Romance
        Series/Standalone: Book 3
        Format: Audiobook, Hardcover
        Narrator: Jennifer Ikeda
        Audio Service: Penguin Audio via RTB App
        Hours in Book: 25
        Cost: $38.95
        Pages: 561
        How I got it: BEA 2014/ Audio via RTB App
        Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Publisher
        Publication Date: July 15th, 2014
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        Synopsis:
        The #1 New York Times bestselling series finale and sequel to A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night

        Bringing the magic and suspense of the All Souls Trilogy to a deeply satisfying conclusion, this highly anticipated finale went straight to #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. In The Book of Life, Diana and Matthew time-travel back from Elizabethan London to make a dramatic return to the present—facing new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home, Sept-Tours, they reunite with the beloved cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches—with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.

        Overall:
        A fantastic end to the series and I can't wait to see how they adapt this one as well. This eas so explosive and good. I did have a few moments closer to the end where I was annoyed that we essentially got closed door on what I thought would have been major blow out scenes and yet sometimes way too many pages on the mundane.  The pacing was faster this time around and while we had moments of levity, there were a whole lot more unmasking moments within the book. So many things get revealed and I love the way in which Deborah takes the team on their search for the origin of the species. It's going to be hella interesting what they do with the results.  I had originally skipped the novella Time's Convert but apparently, I shouldn't have and after this, I'm going to remedy that, because apparently a good amount of things happened, not enough that you can't follow along but enough you know that things happened off scene and you are missing a few minor pieces.

        Narrator:
        Jennifer Ikeda.

        This is my second story with Jennifer as a narrator and she is phenomenal. She manages to make the whole cast of characters unique and carry the story along without losing any of the different threads.  I loved how I could tell who the different characters were, including when she would switch languages and sing. Just amazing, she really brought the story alive.  Her voice was pleasing and her inflections really made the story fly by. I read at 1.5x speed and this helped to make the storytime go by faster. Even sped up Jenn's voice really hooked you. I didn't want to stop listening at all.

        Story:

        The time has come for Matthew and Diana to return home and bring with them the knowledge of the Book of Life and once again attempt to beat out the others making a play for the book.  There were so many good moments of reunions that Diana and Matthew both needed that brought them healing while giving them the necessary footing to be able to go into battle far more prepared than they were before.

        Diana now knows the source of her magic and can control better than before, but she's come back with a few more gifts as well and now the clock is ticking on when and how she will be face the full wrath of the governing body of the species. She's sworn to get revenge for the battles that were waged when she wasn't there and she's coming for the witches who betrayed her and her mother. Before she can make good on that promise though she needs the pieces of the Book Of Life and she and Matthew need to decipher it before their enemies.

        From the time they return to the end of the book Diana and her team were running against a clock. Beat their enemies to deciphering the unknown language of the book, get revenge for her mother an all the other witches; find out why the species is dying out, and prevent Matthew's older brother from fling Diana out of the clan. It's a whirlwind of unraveling secrets, learning new secrets and discovering something that will eventually turn their entire world upside down.  There are new mates and partnerships that have formed while Matthew and Diana were away and now that they have returned they have to find their place within the new family dynamics.

        I love that we learn what happened to some of the people Diana left behind; people we counted on before come through and some betray us.  Relationships are fractured and the truth comes out in a big way.  I loved the weaving of politics and the mythology of the Knights Templar into the story. The history and as new puzzle pieces were laid I was so excited to see how it changed the landscape they were navigating.  I found myself angry at some characters, in love with others, laughing with Diana and weary with Matthew. The fledging sense of hope, the fear Diana felt as she made it past the loss and her fear about what the future meant for their people. Fighting the ingrained prejudice that many took as a precaution against being seen by humans, it's funny how even within the magical community it comes down to genetics.

        I really want to go into more detail but this being the final book I won't spoil it for you. If you want to fangirl on twitter/ Instagram in the DMs then holler at me.

        I'm hoping we're going to get more from the world because there are so many we need to learn about. When those final battle scenes were happening?? When they hunted for Matthew and the full-blown truth came out?? This is what happens when a person doesn't truly have faith but uses it to practice punishment. So many times others have pointed out that Matthew's piousness would come back to haunt him and it finally does. I was so hooked those final chapters and I was totally satisfied with the ending. I highly recommend it my loves.

         ★★★★1/2☆
        Series In Order
        1. A Discovery Of Witches ( All Souls Trilogy 1)
        2. Shadow Of Night (All Souls Trilogy 2) 
        3. The Book Of Life ( All Souls Trilogy 3) 
        RECOMMENDATIONS
        Happy Reading my loves, 

        Tuesday, March 3, 2020

        Audiobook #Reivew: A Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy Book 2) by Deborah Harkness .@DebHarkness

        Book Title: A Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy Book 2)
        Author: Deborah Harkness |WebsiteTwitterFacebook| Instagram
        Publisher: Viking Adult
        Genre: Paranormal Historical Fiction
        Series/Standalone: Book 2
        Format: Audiobook, Hardcover
        Narrator: Jennifer Ikeda
        Audio Service: Penguin Audio via RTB App
        Hours in Book: 25
        Cost: $45.99
        Pages: 834
        How I got it: BEA 2012/ RTB App
        Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Publisher
        Publication Date: July 10, 2012
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        Synopsis:
        Picking up from A Discovery of Witches’ cliffhanger ending, Shadow of Night takes Diana and Matthew on a trip through time to Elizabethan London, where they are plunged into a world of spies, magic, and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends, the School of Night. As the search for Ashmole 782 deepens and Diana seeks out a witch to tutor her in magic, the net of Matthew’s past tightens around them, and they embark on a very different—and vastly more dangerous—journey.

        Overall:
        A great historical fiction that picked right up where the first book finished. The story was chuck full of historical figures as well as with historical facts.  I enjoyed seeing how she wove all the different threads of the characters and the time period together along with the future storylines.

        Narrator: Jennifer Ikeda.
        This is my first taste of Jennifer as a narrator and she is phenomenal. She manages to make the whole cast of characters unique and carry the story along without losing any of the different threads.  I loved how I could tell who the different characters were, including when she would switch languages and sing. Just amazing, she really brought the story alive.  Her voice was pleasing and her inflections really made the story fly by. I read at 1.5x speed and this helped to make the storytime go by faster. Even sped up Jenn's voice really hooked you. I didn't want to stop listening at all.

        Story:
        The story picks up right where the first book A Discovery of Witches  ended. I have to say for me this reading experience was phenomenal. Having seen the t.v. show (Review) and reading the book I have a clear picture of the two characters and even as it's lengthy due to including all the historical information it still flowed well and kept me hooked.  Seeing the characters as the people portrayed in the show helped to make this an easier book to digest as we get scant descriptions of the characters at times.

        The narrator really was able to make this story flow and the characters come alive. From the get go we really got Diana's thoughts and motivations and I was totally excited with her about being back in history and her realizing it's one thing to read about history/ teach it and it's people it's another to interact with it. I loved the discussion of time and it's movements, as we saw the future where the impacts they were making and the changes being wrought because of them being in the past and at the same time we realize this had to happen for them to come together in the future.

        I loved the interaction with historical characters and how the development of how they impacted Dianna and Matthew's life. It was interesting to see how and who knew about the existence of beings and how this created the world we live in now.

        When reading the first book I kept saying how much Matthew was holding back from Diana and how that was going to come back to hurt her. And here in this story it really began to come out how much Matthew holds back from sharing with Diana & his family. It's especially telling when family members point out that Matthew has two moods and neither of them allow him to share with those around him. For him this was a journey about learning how his faith wasn't being truly enacted and how much his holding back hurts those around him. Diana for her part had to learn to blend the two halves of herself, the part that hadn't interacted with magic before but wants to learn everything and the part that still wanted nothing to do with magic, while here she was able to be free to be herself to be surrounded by those who knew and were accepting of magic, while trying to stay one step ahead of the beginning of the witch trials in Scotland.

        This was a European history major's dream weaving of fact and fiction in a that created a great story. I loved the different journeys they had to go on and seeing the ripple effects in the future. The story shares the different timelines and as the action ramps up we see how the different timelines converge and how history is impacted and the future is changed.

        I really loved the life they created while in the time period, the changes it brings to them as characters, the growth they both experience, and the knowledge of how this world works. I loved the little snippets of things that you know have to have an impact in the future then jumping to the future and seeing how it impacts the family then. There are so many good moments, especially when Matthew meets up with someone whom he thought he would never see again.  They went in thinking this was going to be a simple mission find the book, learn about her magic and come back but time and magic have their own rules and they begin to learn that when Diana meets a mentor who really brings it all home for them.

        Matthew and his origin is told to Diana and they begin the hunt for the book that will tell them the origin of all creatures. I can't wait to see how the story completely unfolds as Diana learns more about herself and her magic, her history and the history of witches.  I highly recommend reading it in audiobook form while following along with the book.  I can't wait to see it all play out in the second season, the way everything is described it's going to be interesting to say the least.
         ★★★★1/2☆
        Series In Order
        1. A Discovery of Witches 
        2. A Shadow of Night 
        3. The Book Of Life
        RECOMMENDATIONS
        • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
        Happy Reading my loves, 

        Sunday, March 1, 2020

        March 2020 TBR

        Welcome to the new month. My reading year is going great so far. This is the final month of the quarter and I can't wait to see what my numbers come to. This month's theme is going to be my perfect dream TBR. I'm going to list what I have noticed gets me the most read books and try to go from there.

        Read So Far This Year: 
        24

        TBR Pile 
        225

        TBR Balance:
        201
          Mocha Girl Reads Book Club Pick 
          ( I don't own this one but I want to list it anyway so that I know what to pick up next year) 
          • Handbook For An Unpredictable Life by Rosie Perez
          Brenda Jackson Challenge:
          1. Westmoreland Book
          2. Steele Book 1
          Freshman Series:
          1. Freshman Dorm (Freshman 1) 
          Men Made in America:
          1. Call It Destiny (Alabama) by Jayne Ann Krentz 
          2. Borrowed Dreams (Alaska) by Debbie Macomber
          Perpetual Author Challenge:
          • The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts
          • The Next Always by Nora Roberts
          • Ghostwalker Book by Christine Feehan
          • Topaz by Beverly Jenkins
          • Blessing #10 by Beverly Jenkins
          Finish Series Challenge:
          • Shadow Rising by Yasmine Galenorn ✓
          • Haunted Moon by Yasmine Galenorn 
          • Yasmine Galenorn 
          • Darynda Jones Book # 5
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          ARC
          • Tangled Threat by Heather Graham Review
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          Black Out Challenge:
          • Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor 
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          Erotica Books:
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          Non-Fiction Books:
          1. Religious Book
          2. Religious Book
          3. Finance Book
          4. Social issues Book
          5. Personal Interest Book
          What are you going to be reading my loves?? Share in the comments down below if you have read any of these and as always

          Happy Reading

          Saturday, February 29, 2020

          February 2020 In Review:

          Good Morning my loves,

          It's the end of the month and it's time to account for our recent accomplishments and failures. How did you do this month?? I did pretty well actually. First I ended up being able to read 5 audiobooks before Scribd limited me again, but that's ok because I finally was able to gain access to Hoopla from my previous library card (it had expired I know *shock*) and they had so many more good books on audio that I just had to gobble up.

          I felt so motivated to read this month and enjoy myself so let's look at what happened when that worked out:

          Book Hauls:
           I had a few pre-orders come in, however, I'm going to do a quarter haul ( January to March)  since it's not a lot of books.

          Reviews on the Blog This Month:
          I'll be honest I wasn't as prepared as I should have been for the past two months, lots of reading but no motivation to write reviews, so no reviews. Sorry.


          Read So Far This Year: 3
          Books Read This Month: 21
          Yearly Goal: 225   
          Monthly Goal:   13
           Balance: 201


          Key:
          Blue means the book added during the month. Red= DNF (Did Not Finish) Black= Original Titles at the beginning of the month.

          Mocha Girl Reads Book Club:
          • We're Going To Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union UNREAD I don't own it and wasn't able to borrow it in time. 
          Nora Roberts/ JD Robb Challenge:
          • Black Rose ✓
          • Red Lily 
          Brenda Jackson: NONE THIS MONTH.
          20 Books To Read in 2020:
          • Hate To Want You (Forbidden Hearts #1) Alisha Rai
          Perpetual Author Challenge:
          • "Second Time Sweeter" Beverly Jenkins ✓
          • Beverly Jenkins
          • Christine Feehan
          Finish It Series:
          • Night Huntress by Yasmine Galenorn  ✓
          • Demon Mistress by Yasmine Galenorn
          • Bone Magic by Yasmine Galenorn 
          • Harvest Hunting by Yasmine Galenorn 
          • Courting Darkness by Yasmine Galenorn
          • Shaded Vision by Yasmine Galenorn 
          • Shadow of Night (All Souls Book 2)
          • The Book of Life (All Souls Book 3)
          Freshman Series Challenge: INCOMPLETE
          • Freshman Dorm (Freshman 1) 
          Men Made In America Challenge: INCOMPLETE
          • Call It Destiny (Alabama) by Jayne Ann Krentz 
          • Borrowed Dreams (Alaska) by Debbie Macomber
          ARC:
          • Awaken The Dragon by A.C. Arthur INCOMPLETE
          • Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
          • The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
          • Temporary Wife Temptation by Jayci Lee
          Black Out Challenge:
          • Tears of the Tiger Sharon M. Draper INCOMPLETE
          • Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson
          • American Street by Ibi Zoboi
          • Second Time Sweeter by Beverly Jenkins
          Erotica Books:
          • Under His Kilt by Melissa Blue ✓
          • Honor Bound by Joey W Hill (RE-READ
          Non-Fiction Books: INCOMPLETE
          1. Religious Book
          Book Reviews To Look Forward to Next Month:

          Everything I read this month.  I had an amazing reading month and can't wait to share my thoughts on the books.

          TV Shows Binged:

          All three seasons of The Good Place. Wow what a show. I loved it, it took me a few episodes to get into it, but once I did???!!!


          checkout the preview:

          What'd you read this month?? Share in the comments down below and let's discuss. Good luck with your goals next month!!