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This Week New Releases: May 28

New releases for the week of May 28 that are on my wish lists!

Mine by Courtney Cole- May 28- Our world was crumbling. You took advantage. He was weak. You’re weaker.  A wedding ring isn’t a challenge.  It’s a promise. But that promise wasn’t for you. Get some self respect.  And get your own life.  My husband isn’t yours. He’s mine.  And no matter how hard you try, you’ll never be me.  You don’t have the balls.

Keep You Close by Karen Cleveland- May 28- Stephanie Maddox works her dream job policing power and exposing corruption within the FBI. Getting here has taken her nearly two decades of hard work, laser focus, and personal sacrifices–the most important, she fears, being a close relationship with her teenage son, Zachary. A single parent, Steph’s missed a lot of school events, birthdays, and vacations with her boy–but the truth is, she would move heaven and earth for him, including protecting him from an explosive secret in her past. It just never occurred to her that Zachary would keep secrets of his own. One day while straightening her son’s room, Steph is shaken to discover a gun hidden in his closet. A loaded gun. Then comes a knock at her front door–a colleague on the domestic terrorism squad, who utters three devastating words: “It’s about Zachary.” So begins a compulsively readable thriller of deception and betrayal, as Stephanie fights to clear her son’s name, only to expose a shadowy conspiracy that threatens to destroy them both–and bring a country to its knees. Packed with shocking twists and intense family drama, Keep You Close is an electrifying exploration of the shattering consequences of the love that binds–and sometimes blinds–a mother and her child.

Her Secret Son by Hannah Mary McKinnon- May 28- When Josh’s longtime partner, Grace, dies in a tragic accident, he is left with a mess of grief—and full custody of her seven-year-old son, Logan. While not his biological father, Josh has been a dad to Logan in every way that counts, and with Grace gone, Logan needs him more than ever. Wanting to do right by Logan, Josh begins the process of becoming his legal guardian—something that seems suddenly urgent, though Grace always brushed it off as an unnecessary formality. But now, as Josh struggles to find the paperwork associated with Logan’s birth, he begins to wonder whether there were more troubling reasons for Grace’s reluctance to make their family official. As he digs deeper into the past of the woman he loved, Josh soon finds that there are many dark secrets to uncover, and that the truth about where Logan came from is much more sinister than he could have imagined.

The Plus One by Sophia Money-Coutts- May 28- Polly’s not looking for ‘the one’, just the plus one…The Plus One [n] informal a person who accompanies an invited person to a wedding or a reminder of being single, alone and absolutely plus none. Polly Spencer is fine. She’s single, turning thirty and only managed to have sex twice last year (both times with a Swedish banker called Fred), but seriously, she’s fine. Even if she’s still stuck at Posh! magazine writing about royal babies and the chances of finding a plus one to her best friend’s summer wedding are looking worryingly slim. But it’s a New Year, a new leaf and all that. Polly’s determined that over the next 365 days she’ll remember to shave her legs, drink less wine and generally get her s**t together. Her latest piece is on the infamous Jasper, Marquess of Milton, undoubtedly neither a plus one nor ‘the one’. She’s heard the stories, there’s no way she’ll succumb to his charms.



This Week New Releases: May 21

New releases for the week of May 21 that are on my wish lists!

Securing Sidney by Susan Stoker- May 21- For Sidney Hale, rescuing dogs is more than a hobby. It’s a calling. A deep-seated need. An unstoppable compulsion. For reasons so unsettling, she shares them with no one…until she meets Decker. After coming to her rescue while Sidney battled to save a dog—literally—the gorgeous SEAL proves he can be trusted with her secrets, her safety…maybe even her heart. Saving an abused pit bull from a suspected dog fighter brings Decker “Gumby” Kincade not only the dog he’s always wanted, but the first woman in ages to catch his interest. Sidney’s reason for rescuing Hannah, and animals like her, is shocking…but it makes Gumby want her even more. Her harrowing past has made her the strong, brave, compassionate woman she is today. She could be The One…if Gumby can help curb her habit of putting herself squarely in danger’s path. But he may be too late. Hannah’s previous owner is enraged over her loss…and looking for revenge. 

Shouldn’t Have You by Carrie Ann Ryan- May 21- I’ve been many things in my life: daughter, friend, student, lover, wife…and now, widow. Getting past those labels and finding who I could be without them was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Then I became friends with Brendon Connolly. Every time I look at him, I see a past, I see a present, and I’m afraid if I look too hard, I’ll see a future. I’ve known Harmony Wynham since before she got married. Before she lost everything. I didn’t know that one day she wouldn’t be just my friend but the woman I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. Only I don’t think that can happen.  Not when every time she looks at me, she sees what she lost, and I can only see what I can’t overcome. I love her, even though I shouldn’t. Somehow, we need to find a balance.  Because if we don’t, walking away will be the hardest thing I’ve ever done—even if it’s the only thing I should do.

Summer by the Tides by Denise Hunter- May 21- Following a painful betrayal, Maddy Monroe’s love life is a wreck, and her restaurant career is in shambles. When her grandmother goes missing, she and her estranged sisters converge at the family beach house in Sea Haven, North Carolina. Being with uptight Nora and free-spirited Emma at the place where their family broke apart is a struggle, and undercurrents of jealousy and resentment threaten to pull the sisters under. In the midst of the storm, sparks begin to fly between Maddy and Gram’s maddening neighbor, Connor Murphy. As the sisters pack up the family belongings, memories of idyllic, slow-paced summers are resurrected. But long-buried secrets also come to light as Maddy discovers that all was not as it appeared that last summer in Sea Haven–nor today in the seemingly perfect lives of her sisters. As family tensions rise and Connor causes tumult in Maddy’s heart, the sisters must find a way to accept each other for the women they’ve become before the bitterness of the past destroys their hope for a future.

Waisted by Randy Susan Meyers- May 21- Alice and Daphne, both successful and accomplished working mothers, harbor the same secret: obsession with their weight overshadows concerns about their children, husbands, work—and everything else of importance in their lives. Scales terrify them. Daphne, plump in a family of model-thin women, learned only slimness earns admiration at her mother’s knee. Alice, break-up skinny when she met her husband, risks losing her marriage if she keeps gaining weight. The two women meet at Waisted. Located in a remote Vermont mansion, the program promises fast, dramatic weight loss, and Alice, Daphne, and five other women are desperate enough to leave behind their families for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The catch? They must agree to always be on camera; afterward, the world will see Waisted: The Documentary. The women soon discover that the filmmakers have trapped them in a cruel experiment. With each pound lost, they edge deeper into obsession and instability…until they decide to take matters into their own hands.

The Favorite Daughter by Kaira Rouda- May 21- Jane Harris lives in a sparkling home in an oceanfront gated community in Orange County. It’s a place that seems too beautiful to be touched by sadness. But exactly one year ago, Jane’s oldest daughter, Mary, died in a tragic accident and Jane has been grief-stricken ever since. Lost in a haze of anti-depressants, she’s barely even left the house. Now that’s all about to change.It’s time for Jane to reclaim her life and her family. Jane’s husband, David, has planned a memorial service for Mary and three days later, their youngest daughter, Betsy, graduates high school. Yet as Jane reemerges into the world, it’s clear her family has changed without her. Her husband has been working long days–and nights–at the office. Her daughter seems distant, even secretive. And her beloved Mary was always such a good girl–dutiful and loving. But does someone know more about Mary, and about her last day, than they’ve revealed?The bonds between mothers and daughters, and husbands and wives should never be broken. But you never know how far someone will go to keep a family together.



Book Review: Long Shots

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Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan– Think you know what it’s like being a baller’s girl? You don’t. My fairy tale is upside down. A happily never after. I kissed the prince and he turned into a fraud. I was a fool, and his love – fool’s gold.

Now there’s a new player in the game, August West. One of the NBA’s brightest stars. Fine. Forbidden. He wants me. I want him. But my past, my fraudulent prince, just won’t let me go.

Genre: Romance

Published: March 22, 2018

Acquired: Kindle Unlimited

Series: #1 in Hoops series

My Rating: 4 Stars

My Thoughts: I went into this book blind and it was a big punch in the stomach about halfway through. I don’t like spoilers but I don’t want anyone getting triggered the way I did. This book deals with both severe domestic violence and rape and the scenes are graphic. The author did a really good job with the domestic violence theme- to the point that it was very uncomfortable to read. Which if it’s done right, this theme should be hard to read. The story was really good- it held my attention and I finished it in one sitting. I was rooting for the main character, Iris. She had a rough time in the story and it was so painful to read. I will say that the polar differences between the 2 men were a bit extreme but I understand why the author depicted them in such a way. I will continue reading the series. 

 



Book Review: Her One Mistake

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Her One Mistake by Heidi Perks– Charlotte was supposed to be looking after the children, and she swears she was. She only took her eyes off of them for one second. But when her three kids are all safe and sound at the school fair, and Alice, her best friend Harriet’s daughter, is nowhere to be found, Charlotte panics. Frantically searching everywhere, Charlotte knows she must find the courage to tell Harriet that her beloved only child is missing. And admit that she has only herself to blame.

Harriet, devastated by this unthinkable, unbearable loss, can no longer bring herself to speak to Charlotte again, much less trust her. Now more isolated than ever and struggling to keep her marriage afloat, Harriet believes nothing and no one. But as the police bear down on both women trying to piece together the puzzle of what happened to this little girl, dark secrets begin to surface—and Harriet discovers that confiding in Charlotte again may be the only thing that will reunite her with her daughter.

Genre: Domestic Drama

Published: January 8, 2019

Acquired: Public library e-book

Series: Standalone

My Rating: 3 Stars

My Thoughts: This book was nothing like I was expecting. I honestly was underwhelmed because I knew fairly early on what the mystery was going to revolve around. I didn’t feel much of a connection to any of the characters and I wasn’t really invested in the story. The main characters, Charlotte and Harriet, were both pretty unlikable and I found their friendship to be really one dimensional and fake. The pacing of the story was too slow for my taste and I found myself skimming a few pages here and there. The domestic violence aspect that appears in the story was a bit too contrived and melodramatic for me. It was just too predictable for my reading tastes.



Book Review: Burden of Proof

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Burden of Proof by DiAnn Mills– Reeling from a negotiation gone wrong, FBI Special Agent April Ramos is caught off guard when a frazzled young woman shoves a crying baby into her arms, then disappears. Worry for the child’s safety quickly turns to fear when a man claiming to be the girl’s father abducts them at gunpoint. April puts her hostage negotiation skills to use to learn more about who she’s dealing with: Jason Snyder, a fugitive accused of murder.

As Jason spins a tall tale about being framed for the killing of his business partner, April must sort through his claims to find the truth. A truth that becomes all the more evident after April overhears a conversation between Jason and the local sheriff and realizes something more sinister may be happening in their small town of Sweet Briar, Texas. But aligning herself with a known fugitive to uncover the burden of proof could cost April her job . . . or worse, her life and the lives of other innocent people.

Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense

Published: October 9, 2018

Acquired: Public library e-book

Series: #1 in FBI: Rapid Response series

My Rating: 4 Stars

My Thoughts: The story starts off with a tense situation and never lets the foot off the gas pedal! There’s plenty of action, lots of mystery, and well developed characters. The suspense was intense, the romance was a bonus, and the Christian aspects added a whole other layer. You know from early on in the story who the bad guy is and he is awful! I spent the entire second half of the book waiting for him to get what was coming to him. I really enjoyed April as a character. She had a very stressful job and she still managed to be a caring, empathetic, and compassionate character. It took me a bit to warm up to Jason because of how he was introduced to the story but he grew on me once I got a good read on his character and what was driving his decisions. Definitely a solid read and I will absolutely continue the series.