I’m still trying to figure out where July went. It’s almost time for the kids to go back to school but I feel like summer just started. What a bummer. I didn’t read as many books in July as I planned to because we were busy having fun. But I did manage to find some favorites during the month. If you missed it, on Monday I posted about how I fill my Kindle on a budget for those of you who love to read as much as I do.
1. Go With Me by Elyssa Patrick- I, Daphne Fox, have a few things to confess: 1. I hate Nick Brady. Loathe. Abhor. Can’t stand him 95% of the time. 2. That other 5%? I’m not talking about that at all. 3. People think I’m lucky for surviving the car crash. I disagree. 4. Nick is the only guy who makes my nightmares go away. 5. I won’t love him, though. Love is not worth the pain. I, Nick Brady, have a few confessions of my own: 1. I don’t hate Daphne Fox. At all. 2. I find her scar sexy. Just like the rest of her. 3. I may be her older brother’s best friend, but that’s not going to stop me. 4. I love her. 5. And I’m going to do everything I can to have her.
I loved this book. It was the classic big brother’s best friend falling for the little sister story. It was emotional and deep and I could feel the connection between the characters. Highly recommend.
2. Nero by Sarah Brianne- Nero is the king of Legacy Prep, living a life of power. Elle is the school’s punching bag, living a life of fear. The only good girls Nero knows jump in his bed when he tells them to. The closest Elle has come to a bad boy like him is in the cafeteria line. The mob boss gave him orders to find out what she knows. Her mouth is sealed.
I had to kind of suspend reality and morals in order to fully appreciate this book but once I did that, I loved it. It’s a mafia mob style book and I admit, I’m a sucker for those.
3. Completely Wrecked by Shayne McClendon- Elizabeth Clayton has been in love with Dylan Lange since they were in elementary school. Uncomfortable in her own skin and in possession of a kind and gentle heart, she never expects him to see her in a romantic light. When she stumbles upon him, battered and unconscious, it starts a chain reaction that will span more than a decade of interactions between them filled with pain, devotion, love, and loss. Take a journey with Lizzy and Dylan that will make you laugh, make you ugly cry, and (hopefully) encourage you to take a look around and appreciate the love and positivity in your own life.
This book has a trigger warning and it definitely needed one. Child abuse and child death are part of the theme so be warned. I was unsure about this book until about halfway through. I kept putting it down and coming back to it. But somewhere around halfway I was totally engrossed in the story and could not put it down. The story made me cry real tears and that hardly ever happens. It’s not an easy story to read though.
4. Breathe With Me by Kristen Proby- Mark Williams has loved Meredith since he was seventeen. A successful man with a strong family, he’s worked hard to move on from Meredith breaking his heart all those years ago. When his path crosses with the only woman he’s ever loved again years later, Mark knows there is nothing he won’t do to keep her in his life. But when the going gets tough, will Meredith stick around or will he lose her again? Meredith Summers is a dancer. One of the first things she learned in following her dreams is that timing is everything. She has spent the past ten years following her dream touring with mega-stars while trying to forget the high school sweetheart she left behind. Now she’s back in Seattle, running a successful dance studio with her best friend Jax and determined to move on from her gypsy past. Until the day she sees Mark Williams and time stands still. It’s as if no time has passed at all when Meredith finds herself in Mark’s arms again. The chemistry, the bonds and the love are as strong as ever and hearing Mark whisper breathe with me in her ear is a balm to her wounded soul. But will she grab onto this second chance at love, or is the timing all wrong for them again?
This is book number 7 in the With Me In Seattle series. This series is one of my favorites and every book is amazing. This particular story is a second chance at love storyline and I love those. Highly recommend the whole series but it does need to be read in order. Also- if you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited then all 7 of the books in this series are free to read.
5. Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey- With Olympic tryouts on the horizon, the last thing nineteen-year-old Kinsley Bryant needs to add to her plate is Liam Wilder. He’s a professional soccer player, America’s favorite bad-boy, and has all the qualities of a skilled panty-dropper. A face that makes girls weep – check. Abs that can shred Parmesan cheese (the expensive kind) – check. Enough confidence to shift the earth’s gravitational pull – double check. Not to mention Liam is strictly off limits . Forbidden. Her coaches have made that perfectly clear. (i.e. “Score with Coach Wilder anywhere other than the field and you’ll be cut from the team faster than you can count his tattoos.”) But that just makes him all the more enticing…Besides, Kinsley’s already counted the visible ones, and she is not one to leave a project unfinished. Kinsley tries to play the game her way as they navigate through forbidden territory, but Liam is determined to teach her a whole new definition for the term “team bonding.”
It’s not a secret how much I love soccer and that love extends to books about soccer players. But I’m very particular- the books must be accurate. Nothing worse than someone who knows nothing about the sport trying to write a book around it. This book is fabulous. It’s more romance focused than soccer focused and I loved the whole story. You’ll enjoy this one even if you’re not a soccer fan.
6. Pieces Of Olivia by Melissa West- Olivia Warren used to be a normal girl with a bright future. But on one fated night, everything changed. Hiding the scars of her past up her sleeves, Olivia transfers her enrollment from Columbia University to The College of Charleston, determined to pursue her own dreams for the first time in her life. She intends to allow herself a bit of alone time to heal… that is, until she meets Preston. Preston is best friends with her roommate, completely hot, and off-limits. But the chemistry between them is instantaneous—and as the pair begins to spend more time with one another, their feelings for each other build into something undeniable, something powerful enough to heal Olivia’s deepest scars. Olivia tries to put her own past behind her and trust Preston, but she discovers that his past might be more present than she ever bargained for.
This book is the first in a series but it’s not a cliffhanger ending, I hate those. This is a very emotional book and I could feel the butterflies in my tummy as I read. I loved the main characters, neither of them inspired eye-rolling and scoffing.
7. Ruthless People by J.J. McAvoy- To the outside world, they look like American Royalty, giving to charities, feeding the homeless, rebuilding the city. But behind closed doors is a constant battle for dominance between two Bosses, cultures, and hearts. Ruthless People is a romantic crime fiction set in modern day Chicago, and follows the life and marriage of Melody Giovanni and Liam Callahan—rivals by blood and leaders through fear. Their marriage, arranged by their fathers in hopes to end years of bloodshed between the Irish and the Italians. Liam believes he’s getting a simple-minded wife, one he can control, one who bends to his every need . . . the complete opposite of Melody. She knows exactly what type of man he is, and would rather die than give up the power she has spent her life building. The Mafia of the past has evolved, and with rival bosses gunning for them, Melody and Liam will have to learn to work as one to take down those who stand in their way.
Oh man. This might be a favorite book of all time for me. It’s completely violent, totally without morals, and absolutely amazing. The author describes it as “Mr. and Mrs. Smith meets the Sopranos” and that is so accurate! Be warned though- this is a mafia book and it’s dark. But if you can get past the dark tone, it’s an amazing read.
Here’s hoping for more great books in August! Happy Reading!