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This Week New Releases: March 5

These are the new releases for the week of March 5 that I’m adding to my wish lists.

Bennett Mafia by Tijan- March 4- There were always whispers about my roommate at Hillcrest Academy. The wealthiest of the wealthy sent their kids to our boarding school, and Brooke Bennett had been at the top, though I never quite knew why. She was fun and outgoing, but she kept quiet about her family. The only things she showed me were photographs of her brothers. I became fascinated with her second-oldest brother. Kai Bennett. He was the most of them all. Smoldering. Hypnotic. Alluring. Kai had eyes that pulled me in and a face that haunted my dreams.  Then I met him. He came to our school with their father, and that’s when I learned what kind of family Brooke came from. They were mafia, and Brooke’s oldest brother was dead. Her father said accident, but Brooke said murder.  Three months later, her father died, and Kai became the head of the Bennett Family. Brooke left Hillcrest for good, and that was the last time I saw her. Fourteen years later, I’m staring at her face on the television. Brooke is missing. Two days later, Kai Bennett kidnaps me.

Defending Morgan by Susan Stoker- March 5- Dispatched to the Dominican Republic to rescue a kidnapped child, former Navy SEAL Archer “Arrow” Kane makes a startling discovery: another hostage—Morgan Byrd, a very beautiful and very well-known missing person who disappeared off the streets of Atlanta a year ago. She’s brave, resilient, and unbroken. All Arrow wants to know is why she ended up in a shack in Santo Domingo. All he feels is the desire to protect. Morgan is done being the victim and is determined to find out who hates her so much that they want her gone—but not dead. Until then, she has Arrow, an alpha stranger who’s offering a warm and safe place to hide. But as the passion between them flares, so does the fear that whoever took Morgan will do anything to get her back. For Arrow, protecting this woman with a mysterious enemy is the most dangerous mission of his life. And it’s worth every beat of his heart.

Cemetery Road by Greg Isles- March 5- When Marshall McEwan left his hometown at age eighteen, he vowed never to return. The trauma that drove him away ultimately spurred him to become one of the most successful journalists in Washington D.C. But just as the political chaos in the nation’s capital lifts him to new heights, Marshall is forced to return home in spite of his boyhood vow. His father is dying, his mother is struggling to keep the family newspaper from failing, and the town is in the midst of an economic rebirth that might be built upon crimes that reach into the state capitol—and perhaps even to Washington. 

When All is Said by Anne Griffin- March 5- If you had to pick five people to sum up your life, who would they be? If you were to raise a glass to each of them, what would you say? And what would you learn about yourself, when all is said and done? This is the story of Maurice Hannigan, who, over the course of a Saturday night in June, orders five different drinks at the Rainford House Hotel. With each he toasts a person vital to him: his doomed older brother, his troubled sister-in-law, his daughter of fifteen minutes, his son far off in America, and his late, lamented wife. And through these people, the ones who left him behind, he tells the story of his own life, with all its regrets and feuds, loves and triumphs.

Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward- March 5- Maddie and Ian’s romance began with a chance encounter at a party overseas; he was serving in the British army and she was a travel writer visiting her best friend, Jo. Now almost two decades later, married with a beautiful son, Charlie, they are living the perfect suburban life in Middle America. But when a camping accident leaves Maddie badly scarred, she begins attending writing therapy, where she gradually reveals her fears about Ian’s PTSD; her concerns for the safety of their young son, Charlie; and the couple’s tangled and tumultuous past with Jo. From the Balkans to England, Iraq to Manhattan, and finally to an ordinary family home in Kansas, sixteen years of love and fear, adventure and suspicion culminate in The Day of the Killing, when a frantic 911 call summons the police to the scene of a shocking crime.

Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds- March 5- Jack Ellison King. King of Almost. He almost made valedictorian. He almost made varsity. He almost got the girl . . . When Jack and Kate meet at a party, bonding until sunrise over their mutual love of Froot Loops and their favorite flicks, Jack knows he’s falling—hard. Soon she’s meeting his best friends, Jillian and Franny, and Kate wins them over as easily as she did Jack. Jack’s curse of almost is finally over. But this love story is . . . complicated. It is an almost happily ever after. Because Kate dies. And their story should end there. Yet Kate’s death sends Jack back to the beginning, the moment they first meet, and Kate’s there again. Beautiful, radiant Kate. Healthy, happy, and charming as ever. Jack isn’t sure if he’s losing his mind. Still, if he has a chance to prevent Kate’s death, he’ll take it. Even if that means believing in time travel. However, Jack will learn that his actions are not without consequences. And when one choice turns deadly for someone else close to him, he has to figure out what he’s willing to do—and let go—to save the people he loves.

Silent Night by Danielle Steel- March 5- Paige Watts is the ultimate stage mother. The daughter of Hollywood royalty, Paige channels her acting dreams into making her own daughter, Emma, a star. By the age of nine, Emma is playing a central role in a hit TV show. Then everything is shattered by unforeseeable tragedy. Now Emma is living with her aunt Whitney, who had chosen a very different path from her sister’s. Whitney was always the studious older sister, hating the cult of celebrity that enveloped their childhood. Instead, she is a psychiatrist who lives for her work and enjoys a no-strings-attached love affair with a wealthy venture capitalist. But at a moment’s notice, Whitney drops everything to help her niece. Once famous, outgoing, and charismatic, Emma is now a shadow of her former self–without speech, without memory, lost and terrified. But with her aunt Whitney’s help, along with a team of caregivers and doctors, Emma begins to find her way, starting her young life all over again–and changing the lives of everyone around her.



Book Review: Three Little Words

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Three Little Words by Jenny Holiday– Gia Gallo is officially in bridesmaid hell. Stranded in New York with her best friend’s wedding dress, Gia has six days to make it to Florida in time for the ceremony. And oh-so-charming best man Bennett Buchanan has taken the last available rental car. Looks like she’s in for one long road trip with the sexiest – and most irritating – Southern gentleman she’s ever met…

Bennett’s pretty sure that if there was ever a woman to break his “no flings” rule, Gia would be it. Sure, she’s stubborn. She’s also funny, smart, and the attraction between them is getting hotter with every state line they cross. While Bennett doesn’t do casual, Gia doesn’t do “relationships.” But if they break the rules, this unlikely pair might discover that their impromptu road trip could turn out to be the best ride of their lives. 

Genre: Romance

Published: January 29, 2019

Acquired: Public library e-book

Series: #3 in Bridesmaids Behaving Badly series

My Rating: 4 Stars

My Thoughts: To be honest I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy this book as I read the first chapter. Gia initially came across as a selfish, stuck up, entitled brat. I didn’t care for how she treated service personnel- she was rude and demanding and prone to losing her temper when she didn’t get her way. I found it hard to connect with her at first- she’s basically the type of person that I avoid at all costs. By contrast, Bennett was the kind of character that is swoon-worthy. He was a true Southern gentleman with manners and pretty much the complete opposite of Gia. He had big dreams of using his restaurant to feed the less fortunate and was completely focused on making amends for some dark things in his past. 

I love books that feature a road trip. Bad weather forces Gia and Bennett together in a convertible Mini Cooper in the middle of winter for a long car trip to get to a wedding. It was during the car trip that I started to see a whole other side to Gia. I started to understand her and even like her. She was a model and with that came body image issues and food issues and never knowing if people liked her for herself or for her image. I found myself sympathizing with her. Bennett understood her. He saw underneath the facade to the real woman beneath. There was a lot of witty banter, hot sexy times, amazing friendships, and fun. This is book 3 in a series but I haven’t read the other ones. I definitely will read them now!



Book Review: Sleep Over

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Sleep Over by Serena Bell– Sawyer: After my wife died, I promised myself I’d never go through the pain of losing someone again. Now I keep my flings neat, tidy, and one-time-only. Besides, my son needs me more than ever. He’s miserable in our new town, so I’m pumped when he makes friends with the kid next door—until I recognize his mom from a one-night stand. Perky and upbeat, Elle Dunning is not my type for anything other than tearing up the sheets. So why do I keep letting myself get roped into game nights and get-togethers?

Elle: It so hasn’t been my year. That’s my first thought when I see my new next-door neighbor. I never would have hooked up with Sawyer Paulson if my husband hadn’t left me for his high-school sweetheart, but because our eight-year-old boys have become best friends, I’ve got to make nice with Mr. Tall, Dark, and Silent. Yet the more time we spend together, the more Sawyer opens up. We’ve both been hurt—badly. So it’s one thing to send the kids off to sleepaway camp together. It’s quite another to promise each other a lifetime of sleepovers.

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Published: November 13, 2018

Acquired: TBR List

Series: Standalone

My Rating: 3 Stars

My Thoughts: I thought this was going to be a light and fluffy read but it had some surprising layers of depth to it. I will say upfront that there is a lot of sex and naughty parts- almost too much because it began to detract from the story after awhile. I liked seeing the story from the perspectives of both main characters, Elle and Sawyer. Seeing the story from both sides helped me root for both of them to find happiness instead of taking sides. I liked both main characters! Elle was an extremely likable character and Sawyer tugged at my heartstrings throughout the entire book. I absolutely hated Elle’s ex husband and spent the majority of the book wanting to throat punch his sorry self. For me, the best secondary characters in the book were the two boys- Elle’s son, Madden, and Sawyer’s son, Jonah. They were just adorable and really added to the story. There wasn’t a huge conflict that came out of nowhere to derail the relationship, which was a nice change. The conflict that did exist was very authentic to the story and the characters’ back stories. It was a well written book it just didn’t capture me. 



This Week New Releases: February 26

These are the new releases for the week of February 26 that I will be adding to my wish lists!

California Girls by Susan Mallery- February 26- The California sunshine’s not quite so bright for three sisters who get dumped in the same week…Finola, a popular LA morning show host, is famously upbeat until she’s blindsided on live TV by news that her husband is sleeping with a young pop sensation who has set their affair to music. While avoiding the tabloids and pretending she’s just fine, she’s crumbling inside, desperate for him to come to his senses and for life to go back to normal. Zennie’s breakup is no big loss. Although the world insists she pair up, she’d rather be surfing. So agreeing to be the surrogate for her best friend is a no-brainer—after all, she has an available womb and no other attachments to worry about. Except…when everyone else, including her big sister, thinks she’s making a huge mistake, being pregnant is a lot lonelier—and more complicated—than she imagined. Never the tallest, thinnest or prettiest sister, Ali is used to being overlooked, but when her fiancé sends his disapproving brother to call off the wedding, it’s a new low. And yet Daniel continues to turn up “for support,” making Ali wonder if maybe—for once—someone sees her in a way no one ever has. But side by side by side, these sisters will start over and rebuild their lives with all the affection, charm and laugh-out-loud humor that is classic Susan Mallery.

The Promise by R.L. Mathewson- February 26- How far would you go to keep a promise? Reed Bradford never should have made that promise. He’d barely survived the first time around, but now she was back, his best friend’s little sister, his one-time neighbor, and the woman that he never should have promised to protect. He never should have done a lot of things, like cross that line, but once he did… There was no turning back. Joey Lawson always had a plan, but unfortunately, mostly for her, sometimes those plans backfired. On her. This time would be no different. After the unfortunate incident that she felt was better not to think about, she found herself doing the one thing that she’d never survive. Falling in love with a Bradford.

The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer- February 26- 2019 Life changed beyond recognition for Alice when her son, Eddie, was born with autism spectrum disorder. She must do everything to support him, but at what cost to her family? When her cherished grandmother is hospitalised, a hidden box of mementoes reveals a tattered photo of a young man, a tiny leather shoe and a letter. Her grandmother begs Alice to return to Poland to see what became of those she held dearest. WWII Alina and Tomasz are childhood sweethearts. The night before he leaves for college, Tomasz proposes marriage. But when their village falls to the Nazis, Alina doesn’t know if Tomasz is alive or dead. 2019 In Poland, separated from her family, Alice begins to uncover the story her grandmother is so desperate to tell, and discovers a love that bloomed in the winter of 1942. As a painful family history comes to light, will the struggles of the past and present finally reach a heartbreaking resolution?

The Last Letter by Rebecca Yarros- February 26- If you’re reading this, well, you know the last-letter drill. You made it. I didn’t. Get off the guilt train, because I know if there was any chance you could have saved me, you would have. I need one thing from you: get out of the army and get to Telluride. My little sister Ella’s raising the twins alone. She’s too independent and won’t accept help easily, but she has lost our grandmother, our parents, and now me. It’s too much for anyone to endure. It’s not fair. And here’s the kicker: there’s something else you don’t know that’s tearing her family apart. She’s going to need help. So if I’m gone, that means I can’t be there for Ella. I can’t help them through this. But you can. So I’m begging you, as my best friend, go take care of my sister, my family. Please don’t make her go through it alone.

Pretend She’s Here by Luanne Rice- February 26- Emily Lonergan’s best friend died last year. And Emily hasn’t stopped grieving. Lizzie Porter was lively, loud, and fun — Emily’s better half. Emily can’t accept that she’s gone. When Lizzie’s parents and her sister come back to town to visit, Emily’s heartened to see them. The Porters understand her pain. They miss Lizzie desperately, too. Desperately enough to do something crazy. Something unthinkable. Suddenly, Emily’s life is hurtling toward a very dark place — and she’s not sure she’ll ever be able to return to what she once knew was real.

Hear Me Now by Lisa De Jong- March 1- If you’re reading this letter, I’m already gone. He told me he was going to do it, and I didn’t believe him.  I told him I would follow, but he left anyway.  Sometimes, you love someone so much that living without them isn’t an option. Ty Wise was that person for me. Maybe this is selfish. Maybe I should’ve stayed away when he asked. Maybe he should’ve listened to what I told him. Life is full of maybes. Do you think he can hear me now?



Book Review: Vengeance Road

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Vengeance Road by Christine Feehan– 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.

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Published: January 29, 2019

Acquired: Public library e-book

Series: #2 in Torpedo Ink series

My Rating: 4 Stars

My Thoughts: It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Christine Feehan. Her Dark series is one of my all-time favorites along with her Drake sisters and Sisters of the Heart series. This new series, Torpedo Ink, is a spin off of the Sisters of the Heart series and I love seeing old characters mixed in with these new ones. I will offer a disclaimer- these books are not for the faint of heart. There’s abuse, violence, and sex- they are raw and gritty. 

I was sure this would be a 5 star read for me and it was up until a certain point when things got a bit too….voyeuristic for my taste. That took me out of the story and really kind of ruined the love aspect for me. I still enjoyed the story and the action but I wasn’t rooting as hard for the main characters to find their happily ever after. I still recommend this series and this book but go into with your eyes wide open. 

Breezy was a kick-ass main character. She was born into a MC, fought her way out, and never wants to go back. Her family….well, I hated them. She had no love growing up. But when her son is kidnapped she is forced to confront her past- and all the people in it. Steele grew up in an environment that would and did kill anyone without a spine of titanium. I didn’t agree with a lot of his actions or his reaction to finding out he had a son. He was very harsh and displayed little tenderness. His unwillingness to let anyone help him overcome his demons was very annoying especially considering he expected Breezy to be all in 100%. Overall, still a good story and a great series. I’ll definitely continue reading.