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Five Things Friday {2.1.19}

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New to my Queue

                                                       

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Favorite Book of the Week

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When I Wasn’t Reading

Unfortunately I spent most of this week laid out with a yucky stomach bug. It was awful and I didn’t even feel well enough to read for more than a few minutes at at time. Thankfully I’m almost back to normal and none of my kids caught the virus!

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New Books I Borrowed

         

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What’s Up this Weekend

Well obviously the biggest thing going on this weekend is the Superbowl! We’re hosting this year so we’ll have a house full of people…as long as none of my offspring suddenly decide to get sick. Saturday will be spent cleaning, running errands, and getting ready for the big game. I think two of my kids have friends spending the night Saturday night to. We fly by the seat of our pants on the weekends! 



2019 Monthly Goals: February

I swear January was the longest month. We’ve battled illness and appointments and I had a lovely few weeks of stress induced insomnia. This feels like the 548th day of January! I’m over winter! So lets see how I did on my January goals. 

1. Personal Goals- I completed all of these goals!

  • Replace coffee with hot tea in the mornings- DONE
  • Drink only water during the daytime- DONE
  • Delete at least 10 unwatched things off DVR- DONE

2. Book Goals- I completed all of these goals too!

  • Purge and organize my Amazon wish lists- DONE
  • Read at least 5 books from Kindle Unlimited- DONE
  • Work on my delia.reads Instagram account- DONE

3. Family Goals- I almost completed both of these goals!

  • Redo chore lists- IN PROCESS
  • Have at least 1 family movie night- DONE

4. House Goals- I half completed these goals!

  • Clean kitchen every night before bed- DONE
  • Create new laundry schedule- NOPE

5. Blog Goals- Eh. You can’t win them all! Ha!

  • Update pages & categories- IN PROCESS
  • Sort old posts from 2018- IN PROCESS

 

So I’ve been thinking for a couple of weeks on what I’d like to accomplish in February.

1. Personal Goals-

  • Have a no spend February for anything other than necessities (excluding my book budget)
  • Work on our family budget
  • Cut the grocery budget by at least $100 a month

2. Book Goals-

  • Read 5 Kindle Unlimited books
  • Organize my Kindle collections
  • Read 5 books from my unread shelf project

3. Family Goals-

  • Host the Superbowl party
  • Have at least one family movie night
  • Start planning our 2019 vacations

4. House Goals-

  • Clean out the kids’ closets
  • List all outgrown school uniforms for sale
  • Organize pantry

5. Blog Goals-

  • Finish updating pages and categories
  • Finish sorting posts
  • Schedule out reviews for all books I’ve read


Book Review: Across the Horizon

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Across the Horizon by Aly Martinez– “Sometimes love happens when you least expect it.” That was what my husband’s mistress told me the day I found out about their affair. 

I didn’t believe it until five minutes later when mouth-watering celebrity chef Tanner Reese walked up, tossed his arm around my shoulders, and told my cheating husband to take a hike. 

Tanner and I couldn’t have been more different. He spent his weekends at clubs, rubbing elbows with fellow A-listers. I spent mine in yoga pants with cheese boards and a glass of wine—or six.

Our relationship shouldn’t have worked, but it did. That is until Tanner proved to me that even though love happens when you least expect it… 

So does heartbreak.

Genre: Romance

Published: December 6, 2018

Acquired: Kindle Unlimited

My Rating: 5 Stars

My Thoughts: Across the Horizon is a spin-off of the Darkest Sunrise duet, which was one of my favorite duets ever. The couple in this story are Porter’s younger brother, Tanner, and Charlotte’s best friend, Rita. We saw Tanner and Rita in the previous story and  while readers knew they became romantically involved we never got their backstory until now. Their romance starts at about the same time that Porter and Charlotte’s did but this isn’t a retelling of the previous story. 

This story starts with infidelity and heartbreak but soon you’ll see the strength and resilience of the Rita. Rita meets Tanner not long after her marriage falls apart when she finds out her husband has been having an affair. I really enjoyed the way her character was portrayed- sassy and strong but still vulnerable and cautious. Tanner is a celebrity chef with his own cooking show on television whose claim to fame is when he takes off his shirt mid way through the show. He also has a few successful restaurants with his brother Porter. Rita and Tanner were a really great match. There’s a fair amount of angst and drama in this story but there’s also enough moments of great romance and levity to keep the book from being too heavy. 



This Week New Releases: January 29

These are the new releases for the week of January 29 that I will be adding to my wish lists!

If I Only Knew by Corinne Michaels- January 28- My life was perfect – until a shocking tragedy pulled the rug out from underneath me. My children were left without a father. I was without a husband and a provider. Instead of wallowing in my grief, I buried myself in my work at Dovetail Enterprises. Landing the promotion as the CEO’s right hand was exactly what I needed. Getting saddled with Milo Huxley as an assistant is exactly the opposite. I can’t stand him. He’s arrogant, irresponsible, and out for my job. As if that’s not bad enough, he has to be devastatingly sexy, and have a posh English accent that makes me squirm on top of it all. I’ve had enough unpredictability for one lifetime, thank you. But soon enough, we’re fighting less and laughing more. He’s there for me when no one else is. And those good looks aren’t the only panty-dropping thing about him. If I only knew what to do about it.

Come Find Me by Megan Miranda- January 29- After surviving an infamous family tragedy, sixteen-year-old Kennedy Jones has made it her mission to keep her brother’s search through the cosmos alive. But then something disturbs the frequency on his radio telescope–a pattern registering where no signal should transmit. In a neighboring county, seventeen-year-old Nolan Chandler is determined to find out what really happened to his brother, who disappeared the day after Nolan had an eerie premonition. There hasn’t been a single lead for two years, until Nolan picks up an odd signal–a pattern coming from his brother’s bedroom. Drawn together by these strange signals–and their family tragedies–Kennedy and Nolan search for the origin of the mysterious frequency. But the more they uncover, the more they believe that everything’s connected–even their pasts–as it appears the signal is meant for them alone, sharing a message that only they can understand. Is something coming for them? Or is the frequency warning them about something that’s already here?

You Will Suffer by Alexandra Ivy- January 29- Every small town has a secret…and this one is worth killing for. The rolling fields outside Curry, Oklahoma, are a beautiful spot to ramble on an early spring day…and a lonely place to die. Among the prairie grass and wildflowers, a killer kneels beside a curled-up figure, plunging a syringe beneath skin to deliver the fatal dose. And as the victim’s last breath mingles with the air, it sends a warning out to the world: this is just the beginning. Rejecting her judge father’s prestigious connections, Ellie Guthrie opened her own law firm in Curry. But something strange is going on. Ellie’s tires are slashed. Dead rats are dumped on her patio. Her neighbour, former FBI agent Nate Marcel, insists on watching out for her. And then bodies begin turning up – supposed overdoses that Nate suspects are something much more sinister. There’s a killer in town, toying with her, drawing both Ellie and Nate into a web of murder and vengeance. To find answers, she’ll have to unearth this small community’s dark and twisted past…before it’s her turn to die. 

Vengeance Road by Christine Feehan- January 29- Breezy Simmons was born into a ruthless motorcycle club—and now that she’s out, she’s never going to be that girl again. But when her past catches up with her, Breezy must go to Sea Haven to seek out the man who almost destroyed her. The man who chose his club over her and left her feeling used and alone. As vice president of Torpedo Ink, Steele is ride or die for the brothers he lived through hell with. He never thought he’d find something as pure as his feelings for Breezy, or that keeping her safe would mean driving her away with cruel words that turned her love for him to ash. Now, Steele won’t let her walk away twice. He’ll do whatever it takes to make Breezy his woman again—especially when he learns the real reason she came to him for help, and that the stakes are higher than he ever could have imagined

The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth- January 29- From the moment Lucy met Diana, she was kept at arm’s length. Diana is exquisitely polite, but Lucy knows, even after marrying Oliver, that they’ll never have the closeness she’d been hoping for. But who could fault Diana? She was a pillar of the community, an advocate for social justice, the matriarch of a loving family. Lucy had wanted so much to please her new mother-in-law. That was ten years ago. Now, Diana has been found dead, leaving a suicide note. But the autopsy reveals evidence of suffocation. And everyone in the family is hiding something…

Catastrophe Queen by Emma Hart- January 29- One hot mess. One hot boss. One too many hot encounters… It’s not you. It’s me. No, seriously. It is me. Not only does my name literally mean “unfortunate,” but that’s the story of my life. Everything I touch turns to crap. An apartment fire—that I swear I was not responsible for—means I’m living back at home with my sex-mad parents. Yay, me! Which is why I need my new job as personal assistant to Cameron Reid to get back on my feet. Three months in this job and I can move back out and, hopefully, remember to turn off my flat iron once in a while. Ahem. On paper, my job is easy. Make coffee. Book appointments. Keep everything in order. Until I walk in on my boss, half-naked, wearing nothing but the kind of tiny white towel that dreams are made of. Now, nothing is easy—except our mutual attraction. But he’s my boss, and you know what they say about mixing work and pleasure: unless you do p*rn, it’s just not worth it. Or is it?

Protecting Piper by Cynthia Eden- January 29- Eric Wilde has always known that Piper Lane isn’t for him. She is his younger brother’s best friend…and probably more. But that hasn’t stopped Eric from wanting her. For longing for the one woman that he can’t have. Sure, he’s rich, successful—he’s built a security empire, and he’s got the world at his feet. Only he doesn’t have her. Free-spirited Piper Lane has always considered Eric to be the enemy. He’s seemed to resent her, and the guy just flat-out makes her nervous. Every time she’s around him, she winds up doing something horribly embarrassing. But, this time…everything has changed. This time, he’s the one man she needs the most. A stranger has broken into Piper’s home twice, and she feels like someone is following her. Watching her every move. She needs a professional to help her—so enter Eric Wilde. He promises her protection, he promises to put his best investigators on her case, and he even moves her into his house. Suddenly, the guy who has always been the villain in her life…he’s now playing the role of hero. And maybe Eric isn’t so bad, after all. The more time that Piper spends with him, the more she realizes that her feelings for Eric are far more complicated that she ever imagined. Desire explodes between them even as the danger deepens around her. Someone in the dark is targeting Piper, and he is determined that if he can’t possess her…then he will destroy her.

99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne- January 29- Darcy Barrett has undertaken a global survey of men. She’s travelled the world, and can categorically say that no one measures up to Tom Valeska, whose only flaw is that Darcy’s twin brother Jamie saw him first and claimed him forever as his best friend. Despite Darcy’s best efforts, Tom’s off limits and loyal to her brother, 99%. That’s the problem with finding her dream man at age eight and peaking in her photography career at age twenty—ever since, she’s had to learn to settle for good enough. When Darcy and Jamie inherit a tumble-down cottage from their grandmother, they’re left with strict instructions to bring it back to its former glory and sell the property. Darcy plans to be in an aisle seat halfway across the ocean as soon as the renovations start, but before she can cut and run, she finds a familiar face on her porch: house-flipper extraordinaire Tom’s arrived, he’s bearing power tools, and he’s single for the first time in almost a decade. Suddenly Darcy’s considering sticking around to make sure her twin doesn’t ruin the cottage’s inherent magic with his penchant for grey and chrome. She’s definitely not staying because of her new business partner’s tight t-shirts, or that perfect face that’s inspiring her to pick up her camera again. Soon sparks are flying—and it’s not the faulty wiring. It turns out one percent of Tom’s heart might not be enough for Darcy anymore. This time around, she’s switching things up. She’s going to make Tom Valeska 99 percent hers. 



Book Review: An Anonymous Girl

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An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen– Seeking women ages 18–32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed.

When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields, she thinks all she’ll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave.

Question #1: Could you tell a lie without feeling guilt?

But as the questions grow more and more intense and invasive and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though Dr. Shields may know what she’s thinking… and what she’s hiding.

Question #2: Have you ever deeply hurt someone you care about?

As Jess’s paranoia grows, it becomes clear that she can no longer trust what in her life is real, and what is one of Dr. Shields’ manipulative experiments. Caught in a web of deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.

Question #3: Should a punishment always fit the crime?

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Published: January 8, 2019

Acquired: Public Library e-book

My Rating: 5 Stars

My Thoughts: I loved the first book written by these two amazing authors, The Wife Between Us, so I was waiting anxiously for this one. I may or may not have stalked my public libraries e-book new releases for days waiting for it to show up (I totally did). I had some anxiety over whether this newest release would live up to the hype or if I’d be left disappointed that it wasn’t as good as The Wife Between Us. Oh friends, no need for any anxiety. This book was fantastic. I was afraid I would be comparing the two books the entire time I was reading this one but I honestly didn’t even think of the first book while reading this one. It’s a very unique story that stand on it’s own. 

I went into this book blind. I skimmed the blurb but didn’t read any reviews or any spoilers. That’s how you MUST go into this book. Trust me! I’m trying to be very careful about how I review this one because you need to discover all the twists and turns yourself. And there are a lot of twists and turns, shocks and OMG moments. I waffled for a good 70% of the story about who the “bad guy” was going to be. I kept flip-flopping with every chapter, which made the story all the more enjoyable for me. I thought the ending was very satisfying and made my inner mean girl smile. Definitely one not to miss if you enjoy suspense, thrillers, and mystery.