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Showing posts with label Throwback Thursday. Show all posts

Throwback Thursday // Single Parent Trope

October 12, 2023

Hey everyone and welcome to another Throwback Thursday!

Today I'm sharing with you the first five books posted on the blog with the Single Parent Trope. These stories can be hit or miss for me. Some authors do amazing things with these single parents and their kids. And some kids ruin the story.

Hey, don't give me that look!

Anyhoo, I do enjoy this trope and I hope if you haven't read any of the following books, you'll give one of them a try :)

Dissident by Cecilia London

After seeing some early reviews from some of my favourite readers about this series, I knew I had to try it. The Bellator Saga is a political thriller, full of romance and intrigue. I haven't read anything like it before or since, so if you would enjoy something unique, you should definitely start with book one of this series.

Find my review HERE

Lip Service by Simone Sowood

Knox is a single dad who doesn't know how to juggle being a great dad and dating. Avery was the woman to make him question everything. It was light and fun and I enjoyed all of the characters involved in the story. I love when the interactions seem genuine.

Find my review HERE

Blood Money by Tee O'Fallon

I enjoyed everything about this book. There's suspense, romance, and a single mom trying to keep things together. I love when I can find no wrong with the characters an author creates. I adored both Alex and Gray and I hope you do too!

Find my review HERE

Whisper of Love by Melissa Foster

I love books by this author and this one was no different. Melissa Foster has a warmth that is very evident in her writing. I wonder what she's like in person? This book was light and fun and an easy book recommendation to make.

Find my review HERE

Extra Credit by Poppy Dunne

I haven't read another book from this author since I reviewed this one and I'm wondering why. Seems I really enjoyed this story and I loved the main character, Chelle. Her love interest, single dad Will, was a sweetheart and there was a decent amount of heat involved too. There's humour with this romance and I think it would be great for those who enjoy romcoms.

Find my review HERE

Throwback Thursday // Friends to Lovers

October 05, 2023

Hey everyone and welcome to another Throwback Thursday!

This post has been missing for a while, but it's back and today I'm sharing with you the first five Friends to Lovers stories I reviewed on the blog that won high marks from me. Oldies but goodies, maybe you've read them, maybe they're sitting on your TBR... maybe you even have a suggestion for me because I really enjoy this trope.

I hope I've reminded you of the love for a particular story, suggested a new read, or at least entertained you for a moment. Happy reading! xo

Normal by Danielle Pearl

This is a young adult romance that read like a new adult romance. It tackled issues that no youth should ever have to face. It had a relatable heroine and a fantastic hero. On top of everything going on with these characters, the author can write. I remember being completely absorbed by this story and the ones that followed in this series. From the blurb: a gritty story of trust and abuse, heartbreak and salvation, and if they're lucky - love. This is not a flowery romance - not for the faint of heart.

Find my review HERE

Sweetest Sorrow by J.M. Darhower

After falling in love with Matty in the first book (By Any Other Name), I knew I wanted to be back in this world and I got what I wanted with this book. I fell in love with Dante (although Matty is still my favourite) and I really enjoyed how the author mixed suspense, mafia hijinks, friendship, humour and romance all in one story. I was thoroughly entertained from beginning to end and knew that this wouldn't be the last book I'd fall in love with from this author.

Find my review HERE

27 Truths by M.J. Fields

This book right here... y'all this book taught me about angst! That tear-into-your-guts, feel-like-I-wanna-puke, how-could-you-do-that, why-am-I-still-reading, kind of angst. I didn't know a story could be so gut-wrenchingly good until I read this book. I didn't know I could love and hate a character with equal measure until I read this book. If you haven't read it, try it. If you have, you know EXACTLY what I'm talking about.

Find my review HERE

Beard Science by Penny Reid

For years, this author has been one of my go-tos for romantic comedy. There is such quirky humour and warmth in Penny Reid's stories that I've really come to appreciate. With her Winston Brothers series, I quickly realized who my favourite brother would be—Cletus. While I loved and appreciated all of them, there was something truly special about Cletus and I couldn't wait to see him appear in other books in the series. He was the light of my life LOL!!

Find my review HERE

Defying Her Mafioso by Terri Anne Browning

While I didn't get everything I was hoping for from this story, it introduced many points that I was interested in exploring. Did I explore them? No. However, with this post, I'm reminded about it and hopefully will get back to this author's writing and discover that something more I was looking for from it.

Find my review HERE

Throwback Thursday // Finding Love... Again

July 13, 2023

Hey everyone and welcome to another Throwback Thursday! This week, I'm taking us back... way back. Back to beginning, if you will. I'm sharing with you the first Second Chance Romance books I five-starred on the blog. This trope is one of my absolute favorites and I've got tons of recs for it, but I'm gonna give them to you slowly. So here are 5 recs and please let me know if you've read them, plan to read them, or just want to hear more.

Preppy Part One by TM Frazier

Preppy Part One by T.M. Frazier

Let me tell you... I'm very much Team Bowtie. Preppy is one of the first bad boys I fell in love with, realizing that bad boys deserve love and happy endings too.
This story is full of action, suspense, humor and so much love.

You can find my review HERE

Written in the Scars by Adriana Locke

Written in the Scars by Adriana Locke

Elin and Ty were married, but separated. They were still very much in love, but foolish pride and plain old stubbornness really got in their way.
This story taught me the angst of trying to win back your lover's affections.
I watched a man desperate to get his wife back and a woman who made him really work for it.
Tons of love and heartwarming moments to be found in this book.

You can find my review HERE

Collecting the Pieces by L.A. Fiore

Collecting the Pieces by L.A. Fiore

This was the book that solidified my love for this author.
It made me cry and laugh and cry and by the end, I felt so full...
I knew I needed more books like this.
This story forced me to cry tears of sadness, grief and so much joy.
If you enjoy angst, this book has it in spades!

You can find my review HERE

Bedwrecker by Kim Karr

Bedwrecker by Kim Karr

If you haven't read this series, you really should.
The heroes are hot, the heroines are spunky, the stories are good.
A quote from my review: You know those books that make you want to laugh at them, cry with them, kick, punch and slap them, then make you want to laugh and cry with them again??? This was that book!!

You can find my review HERE

Heat Wave by Karina Halle

Heat Wave by Karina Halle

I think Logan was my first grumpy hero. Aren't they so deelish?
There are so many feels in this book. Ronnie is grieving the loss of her sister. Logan should be off-limits.
And the tropical paradise this story takes place in sounds magical.
If you enjoy authentic characters with sincere emotions, this book is for you.

You can find my review HERE

Throwback Thursday // Books I Didn't Read in 2020 (but should have)

June 29, 2023

Hello and Happy Thursday! Today I'm sharing five books I said I would read by the end of 2020... and didn't. I have no excuse and I'm creating this post, sharing my broken promise, so I can be held accountable and actually get to reading!

Have you read any of these? What are your thoughts?

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Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake

After the grim confrontation with Queen Katharine, the rebellion lies in tatters. Jules’s legion curse has been unbound, and it is up to Arsinoe to find a cure, even as the responsibility of stopping the ravaging mist lies heavy on her shoulders, and her shoulders alone. Mirabella has disappeared.

Katharine’s reign remains intact—for now. When Mirabella arrives, seemingly under a banner of truce, Katharine begins to yearn for the closeness that Mirabella and Arsinoe share. But as the two circle each other, the dead queens hiss caution—Mirabella is not to be trusted.

In this conclusion to the Three Dark Crowns series, three sisters will rise to fight as the secrets of Fennbirn’s history are laid bare. Allegiances will shift. Bonds will be tested. But the fate of the island lies in the hands of its queens. It always has.

This series started as a buddy read. I got through all of the books but this one because you know... life.

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It's company policy.) But they can't quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.

Meanwhile, Lincoln O'Neill can't believe this is his job now—reading other people's e-mail. When he applied to be "internet security officer," he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers—not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.

When Lincoln comes across Beth's and Jennifer's messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can't help being entertained—and captivated—by their stories.

By the time Lincoln realizes he's falling for Beth, it's way too late to introduce himself.

What would he say . . . ?

I think I hesitated to read this one because I've never read from this author before. And I'm afraid it's going to be too 'chick-lit-y' for me. I'm not a fan of chick lit anymore :( But this is sitting on my bookshelf, staring me in the face every day so...

Fury by Laurann Dohner

Ellie is horrified to discover the pharmaceutical company she works for is doing illegal experiments. Company scientists have spliced human and animal DNA, creating exotic new species. One such “experiment” captures her heart and she’ll do anything to save him—even if he hates her for it.

Fury has never known compassion or love. He’s spent his life in a cell, chained and abused by humans. The one woman he allowed himself to trust betrayed him. Now he’s free and set on vengeance. He vows to end her life but when she’s finally in his grasp, harming her is the last thing he wants to do to the sexy little human.

Fury can’t resist Ellie—the touch of her hands, her mouth on his skin, her body wrapped around his. He’s obsessed with the scent of his woman. And Ellie wants Fury—always has. She craves his big, powerful body and wants to heal his desolate heart.

But loving Fury is one thing…taming him is another.

I'm probably the only paranormal romance reader who hasn't read anything from this author. It's almost as bad as saying you've never read from JR Ward, amiright?! Well, I have read (and loved) Ward so I think (or at least I hope) I will love this author too. *fingers crossed*

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

Girls team up to overthrow the kingdom in this unique and powerful retelling of Cinderella from a stunning new voice that's perfect for fans of Dhonielle Clayton and Melissa Albert .

It's 200 years after Cinderella found her prince, but the fairy tale is over. Teen girls are now required to appear at the Annual Ball, where the men of the kingdom select wives based on a girl's display of finery. If a suitable match is not found, the girls not chosen are never heard from again.

Sixteen-year-old Sophia would much rather marry Erin, her childhood best friend, than parade in front of suitors. At the ball, Sophia makes the desperate decision to flee, and finds herself hiding in Cinderella's mausoleum. There, she meets Constance, the last known descendant of Cinderella and her step sisters. Together they vow to bring down the king once and for all--and in the process, they learn that there's more to Cinderella's story than they ever knew . . .

Okay, so I hesitated with this one because of the hype. When a book is hyped, I tend to not like it as much as others. Then came the mixed reviews. I've only read a few WLW books and I didn't exactly love them, so I'm really hoping that this one is as special as it is purported to be.

Dead Pretty by Samantha Towle

I'd once believed that nothing would equal the pain of losing my parents.
I was wrong.
I had barely even begun to process their deaths when it started.
The love notes, flowers, gifts … all anonymously left on my porch.
Then, I opened my door to a dead bird.
At first, I thought it had died naturally.
I knew that wasn’t the case when I found my neighbor’s cat the next day.
Then, the murders started.
The victims … women who looked eerily similar to me.
I had a stalker. A murderous one.
And I had no clue who he was.
He never showed me his face.
Not even when he carved his final message into me.
I survived that night. But my life was over. It had ended the moment Tobias Ripley’s infatuation with me began.
So, I changed my name and moved away.
Now, I live a life of solitude. I don’t make connections with anyone.
Until Jack Canti walks into my life with his sharp eyes and easy smiles.
Only Jack isn’t the man he says he is.
And when the murders start again, I’m left wondering if it’s a copycat.
Or worse …
What if Tobias wasn’t the real killer after all … and the murderer has been right here with me all along?

I'm worried that this one won't be as mysterious or as thrill-inducing as I'm hoping it will be. I guess I won't know until I read it though, right?

I'm giving myself unti the end of July 2023 to read these books.
Who's going to call me out if I don't?

Throwback Thursday // Books That Made Me Fall in Love with Romance (again)

June 22, 2023

Throwback Thursday

Hello and Welcome! Today I'm sharing five of the books that brought me back to reading romance. I used to only read psychological thrillers (think Iris Johansen, Kathy Reichs, etc.) or urban contemporaries. There would be romantic elements perhaps, but no way did a relationship take center stage.

Now I'm all about the romance, in all of its glory, and I'm so happy to be here!!

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Real by Katy Evans

Real by Katy Evans

A fallen boxer.
A woman with a broken dream.
A competition...

He even makes me forget my name. One night was all it took, and I forgot everything and anything except the sexy fighter in the ring who sets my mind ablaze and my body on fire with wanting...

Remington Tate is the strongest, most confusing man I've ever met in my life.

He’s the star of the dangerous underground fighting circuit, and I’m drawn to him as I've never been drawn to anything in my life. I forget who I am, what I want, with just one look from him. When he’s near, I need to remind myself that I am strong—but he is stronger. And now it’s my job to keep his body working like a perfect machine, his taut muscles primed and ready to break the bones of his next opponents...

But the one he’s most threatening to, now, is me.
I want him. I want him without fear. Without reservations.
If only I knew for sure what it is that he wants from me?

I'm not sure why after all these years, I can still remember so much detail about this book. About this series. I can recall with intense detail how deeply I fell for Remington Tate and everything he had gone through. He was my first taste of a tragic, brooding, stubborn romantic hero and he was delicious. I wanted more... More men like him, more stories like this, more romance (no matter how unrealistic) in my life.

Bared to You by Sylvia Day

Bared to You by Sylvia Day

He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot.
I was drawn to him as I'd never been to anything or anyone in my life.
I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me.
I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily.

Gideon "knew."
He had demons of his own.
And we would become the mirrors that reflected each others most private wounds and desires.

OMG I cannot forget Gideon! I remember thinking that the Crossfire series was everything the 50 Shades of Grey story wasn't. It had angst, a tortured hero, an equally tortured heroine, pain and suffering... all of which gave me a saga to really sink my teeth into. It also introduced me to my BDSM era, and while I don't go looking for books with that theme anymore, I will always look back at this series with a special sort of fondness. Sylvia Day freaking KILLED it!

In Flight by RK Lilley

In Flight by R.K. Lilley

When reserved flight attendant Bianca gets one look at billionaire hotel owner James Cavendish, she loses all of her hard-won composure. For a girl who can easily juggle a tray of champagne flutes at 35,000 feet in three inch heels, she finds herself shockingly weak-kneed from their first encounter. The normally unruffled Bianca can't seem to look away from his electrifying turquoise gaze. They hold a challenge, and a promise, that she finds impossible to resist, and she is a girl who is used to saying no and meaning it.

Bianca is accustomed to dealing with supermodels and movie stars in her job as a first class flight attendant, but James Cavendish puts them all to shame in the looks department. If only it were just his looks that she found so irresistible about the intimidating man, Bianca could have ignored his attentions. But what tempts her like never before is the dominant pull he seems to have over her from the moment they meet, and the promise of pleasure, and pain, that she reads in his eyes.

The Up in the Air series is another one that gave me all I needed when it came to BDSM and broken people. I was hooked from the start and my only regret is not writing actual reviews for these books when I read them. This was another series that put 50 Shades of Grey to shame.

This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas

This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas

Young interior designer Ava O'Shea has no idea what awaits her at the Manor.
A run-of-the-mill consultation with a stodgy country gent seems likely, but what Ava finds instead is Jesse Ward--a devastatingly handsome, utterly confident, pleasure-seeking playboy who knows no boundaries.

Ava doesn't want to be attracted to this man, and yet she can't control the overwhelming desire that he stirs in her.
She knows that her heart will never survive him and her instinct is telling her to run, but Jesse is not willing to let her go.
He wants her and is determined to have her.

Another series that gave 50 Shades of Grey a run for its money. Everything Christian was supposed to be... Jesse Ward was. Broken, hot AF, intelligent, rich, with a huge heart he didn't want to acknowledge, Jesse Ward was the stuff tortured heroes are made of. I've always wanted to do a re-read of this series, but I can't remember if it was in dual POV. I hope it is :)

Archer's Voice by Mia Sheridan

Archer's Voice by Mia Sheridan

When Bree Prescott arrives in the sleepy, lakeside town of Pelion, Maine, she hopes against hope that this is the place where she will finally find the peace she so desperately seeks. On her first day there, her life collides with Archer Hale, an isolated man who holds a secret agony of his own. A man no one else sees.

Archer's Voice is the story of a woman chained to the memory of one horrifying night and the man whose love is the key to her freedom. It is the story of a silent man who lives with an excruciating wound and the woman who helps him find his voice. It is the story of suffering, fate, and the transformative power of love.

If you haven't read this book, or any of the many others by this author, you are missing out. I initially picked this book up because it was inspired by Sagittarius, and being the amazing Sagi that I am, I had to read it. My gosh, Archer Hale was so much more than I could have ever expected. He still and will always hold a special place in my heart and as I type this up, I'm realizing that I need to give this book a re-read and a proper review. Seriously, if you haven't read this book yet... READ IT!!

Throwback Thursday // Books Collecting Dust

June 15, 2023

Hello and welcome! Today I'm sharing the first five books on my Goodreads TBR. They've been sitting there for almost 10 years and I don't suppose I'll ever be getting around to them.

I can't be the only one whose reading habits or choices have drastically changed in the last decade, right?

Let me know if you've read any of these and what you thought of them. Maybe your words (if they're positive) will give me the push I need to finally pick one of these up.

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Rose by Sydney Landon

My name is Rose Madden and I have spent my life being the perfect daughter. Thanks to my daddy, I'm an expert marksman who dresses like some modern day freaking June Cleaver. My life has been perfectly scripted since the day I was born. I've never deviated from the plan—until I met attorney Max Decker. Now he has me doing insane things to get his attention, like grabbing him in his car and being arrested for stalking my ex-boyfriend just so he'll come bail me out of jail. He thinks I'm crazy—but he wants me anyway, he just can't admit it. I'm tired of living my life for others, and Max has just given me a reason to show everyone that this good girl is going bad.

This is the first book of the series. The first three books were about another couple and I remember really wanting to get my hands on this book. Rose was this proper lady who could definitely handle a gun. That's about all that comes to mind. I don't recall much else about her and the longer this book sits on a shelf, the more I forget that it's even there.

Should I read it?

Revived by Samantha Towle

India Harris didn’t have the best start in life. Abandoned as a baby, she and her twin brother, Kit, spent their lives in foster care, only having each other to rely on. Then, at a young age, a relationship with the wrong man left India pregnant. Wanting to give her son the life she never had, she put herself through school and graduated with honors.

Now, at the age of thirty, she’s a highly respected therapist.

At the top of his game as a Formula One driver, Leandro Silva had everything—until an accident on the track left him staring death in the face. After enduring twelve months of physical therapy, Leandro is now physically able to race, but his mind is keeping him from the track. Frustrated and angry, Leandro’s days and nights are filled with limitless alcohol and faceless women.

Entering the last year of his contract, he knows he has to race again, or he’ll lose everything he spent his life working for. Forced into therapy to get his life back, Leandro finds himself in the office of Dr. India Harris.

Falling for his uptight therapist is not part of Leandro’s plan.
Having unethical feelings for her patient, the angry Brazilian race car driver, is not part of India’s plan.
But what if the wrong person is the only person who is right?

Okay, so I don't really know how this one ended up on my list. Back in the day, I think if I enjoyed a book, I added whatever was next for the author to continue the good streak. However, this isn't something I would choose for myself today. Or is it? I don't know. I'm terrible at this. Part of me is wondering if this may be one of the great reads of my year.

What do you think?

Fighting for Forever by J.B. Salsbury

Slut. Hooker. Whore.
The taunts never bothered me. They only see what I allow them to see, and a Las Vegas stripper is the perfect cover.
My life had direction. I had a mission—until the man I needed vanished and is presumed dead.
It’s time to move on—give up the dream for revenge—and no one shows me that more than the mop-headed fighter with eyes the color of the ocean.
If anyone can teach me just how sweet life can be, it’s him. But first, I’d have to let go.
Mase. Baywatch. Mayhem.
I’m known by many names, but there’s only one that stirs panic and worry in my gut every time I’m called it.
I’ve bailed him out of trouble for years, so when he turns up in Vegas and asks for me, I’m prepared for the worst. And the worst is exactly what I get in the form of a lilac-eyed beauty named Trix.
She’s everything I hate about Vegas: a stripper, loose with her body and her morals. But there’s something about her, a complexity that she buries deep, and I’m determined to uncover it.
The deeper I go, the less I understand. When I finally learn the truth, we engage in a battle where life and death hang in the balance.
Fighting could kill us both, but if we win, forever is the prize.

I remember reading this entire series and loving it. Seriously, I easily 5-starred the first book and probably ever one following. So I'll definitely be reading this at some point as I re-read this series and share my love of this author's writing.

See... this post was worthwhile because I found not-so-new books to fall in love with all over again.

Never Never by Colleen Hoover + Tarryn Fisher

Charlie Wynwood and Silas Nash have been best friends since they could walk. They've been in love since the age of fourteen. But as of this morning... they are complete strangers. Their first kiss, their first fight, the moment they fell in love... every memory has vanished.

Charlie and Silas must work together to uncover the truth about what happened to them and why. But the more they learn about the couple they used to be, the more they question why they were ever together to begin with.

I don't really have anything to say about this book or series. I don't even remember the hype surrounding it. However, I have enjoyed books by Tarryn Fisher.

Is this worth my while?

Confess by Colleen Hoover

Auburn Reed is determined to rebuild her shattered life and she has no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to become deeply attracted to the studio’s enigmatic artist, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a chance and puts her heart in control, only to discover that Owen is hiding a huge secret. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything Auburn loves most, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it—but can she do it?

Here's the thing... New adult romances used to be my jam. I couldn't get enough of them. Now though... I'm super picky and I don't know if this one will be a hit with me.

The last two books I've read from Hoover were pretty meh to me. I gave them 3 stars.

Do you think I'll love this one?