Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Waiting on Wedesnday: Hang the Moon & Just Last Night



Hang the Moon
by Alexandria Bellefleur

Expected publication: May 25th 2021
by Avon

In a delightful follow-up to Written in the Stars, Alexandria Bellefleur delivers another #ownvoices queer rom-com about a hopeless romantic who vows to show his childhood crush that romance isn’t dead by recreating iconic dates from his favorite films...

Brendon Lowell loves love. It’s why he created a dating app to help people find their one true pairing and why he’s convinced “the one” is out there, even if he hasn’t met her yet. Or... has he? When his sister's best friend turns up in Seattle unexpectedly, Brendon jumps at the chance to hang out with her. He’s crushed on Annie since they were kids, and the stars have finally aligned, putting them in the same city at the same time.

Annie booked a spur-of-the-moment trip to Seattle to spend time with friends before moving across the globe. She’s not looking for love, especially with her best friend’s brother. Annie remembers Brendon as a sweet, dorky kid. Except, the 6-foot-4 man who shows up at her door is a certified Hot Nerd and Annie... wants him? Oh yes.

Getting involved would be a terrible idea—her stay is temporary and he wants forever—but when Brendon learns Annie has given up on dating, he’s determined to prove that romance is real. Taking cues from his favorite rom-coms, Brendon plans to woo her with elaborate dates straight out of Nora Ephron’s playbook. The clock is ticking on Annie’s time in Seattle, and Brendon’s starting to realize romance isn’t just flowers and chocolate. But maybe real love doesn’t need to be as perfect as the movies... as long as you think your partner hung the moon.

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Just Last Night
by Mhairi McFarlane

Expected Publication: May 4th 2021
by William Morrow Paperbacks

Eve, Justin, Susie, and Ed have been friends since they were teenagers. Now in their thirties, the four are as close as ever, Thursday night bar trivia is sacred, and Eve is still secretly in love with Ed. Maybe she should have moved on by now, but she can’t stop thinking about what could have been. And she knows Ed still thinks about it, too.

But then, in an instant, their lives are changed forever.

In the aftermath, Eve’s world is upended. As stunning secrets are revealed, she begins to wonder if she really knew her friends as well as she thought. And when someone from the past comes back into her life, Eve’s future veers in a surprising new direction...

They say every love story starts with a single moment. What if it was just last night?

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These are two awesome upcoming romances that I am looking forward to!

Hang the Moon is the sequel to Written in the Stars, which is a book that I read recently and LOVED! I absolutely can't wait to devour the book!

And Just Last Night will be my first experience with Mhairi McFarlane, but I hear good things about her books, and I am excited to check this one out!

**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.**


Tuesday, April 13, 2021

My Thoughts: Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare

Chain of Iron
(The Last Hours #2)
by Cassandra Clare

Publication Date: March 2nd 2021
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pages: 656
ISBN: 9781481431903
Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy / Historical
Source: Own

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The Shadowhunters must catch a killer in Edwardian London in this dangerous and romantic sequel to the #1 New York Times bestselling novel Chain of Gold, from New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Cassandra Clare. Chain of Iron is a Shadowhunters novel.

Cordelia Carstairs seems to have everything she ever wanted. She’s engaged to marry James Herondale, the boy she has loved since childhood. She has a new life in London with her best friend Lucie Herondale and James’s charming companions, the Merry Thieves. She is about to be reunited with her beloved father. And she bears the sword Cortana, a legendary hero’s blade.

But the truth is far grimmer. James and Cordelia’s marriage is a lie, arranged to save Cordelia’s reputation. James is in love with the mysterious Grace Blackthorn whose brother, Jesse, died years ago in a terrible accident. Cortana burns Cordelia’s hand when she touches it, while her father has grown bitter and angry. And a serial murderer is targeting the Shadowhunters of London, killing under cover of darkness, then vanishing without a trace.

Together with the Merry Thieves, Cordelia, James, and Lucie must follow the trail of the knife-wielding killer through the city’s most dangerous streets. All the while, each is keeping a shocking secret: Lucie, that she plans to raise Jesse from the dead; Cordelia, that she has sworn a dangerous oath of loyalty to a mysterious power; and James, that he is being drawn further each night into the dark web of his grandfather, the arch-demon Belial. And that he himself may be the killer they seek. (Goodreads)


Chain of Iron is the much anticipated second book in The Last Hours series by Cassandra Clare, and it’s also one of my top five most anticipated reads for 2021! I absolutely couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book and it did not disappoint!

The book starts off not long after where Chain of Gold leaves off and is full of twists and turns that will keep you guessing as you turn the page. (Yes, I am intentionally being vague, because I do not want to ruin any surprises for anyone!) The ending will leave you a little sad for a certain character, but you will still be desperately waiting for the next book… which is currently my MOOD!

One of my most favorite things about this series is the characters. I probably mentioned this in my review of Chain of Gold, but it’s still true now that I have read the second book. I LOVE all of the characters in this series, both old and new. The new set of teens remind me so much of the characters from The Infernal Devices, especially James, who is so much like his father. And yes, Lucie is so much like her mother AND father. And not only them, but Cordelia and Matthew and the rest of the Merry Thieves are just so awesome.

And I love more than anything that Jem, Tessa, and Will are in this series. They are some of my most favorite characters ever, and it’s so nice getting to see them as adults! (As well as Charlotte, Gideon, Gabriel, Cecile, Magnus, and the rest of the crew from The Infernal Devices! I really wish more books would have spin-off series like this. It’s so nice to catch up!

Overall; If can’t already tell, I really enjoyed Chain of Iron! It’s going to be a long, long wait until Chain of Thorns releases in 2022, but I’m already planning my re-reads of The Infernal Devices and The Last Hours before it’s released. It’s going to be epic!  Cassandra Clare fans, if you haven’t already checked this book (or series) out, you definitely need to do so!

Monday, April 12, 2021

My Thoughts: The Roommate by Rosie Danan

The Roommate
(The Roommate #1)
by Rosie Danan

Publication Date: September 15th 2020
Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 325
ISBN: 9780593101605
Genre: Adult Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Source: Netgalley Review Copy / Own

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House Rules:
Do your own dishes.
Knock before entering the bathroom.
Never look up your roommate online.


The Wheatons are infamous among the east coast elite for their lack of impulse control, except for their daughter Clara. She’s the consummate socialite: over-achieving, well-mannered, predictable. But every Wheaton has their weakness. When Clara’s childhood crush invites her to move cross-country, the offer is too much to resist. Unfortunately, it’s also too good to be true.

After a bait-and-switch, Clara finds herself sharing a lease with a charming stranger. Josh might be a bit too perceptive—not to mention handsome—for comfort, but there’s a good chance he and Clara could have survived sharing a summer sublet if she hadn’t looked him up on the Internet...

Once she learns how Josh has made a name for himself, Clara realizes living with him might make her the Wheaton’s most scandalous story yet. His professional prowess inspires her to take tackling the stigma against female desire into her own hands. They may not agree on much, but Josh and Clara both believe women deserve better sex. What they decide to do about it will change both of their lives, and if they’re lucky, they’ll help everyone else get lucky too.
(Goodreads)


The Roommate by Rosie Danan is a book that has been on my TBR way too long, and I am really happy to have finally read it. For some reason I kept putting off reading this book, (actually I have just been in a reading slump for months), but if I knew how fast I would end up reading this book, I definitely would have started it sooner. And with the sequel coming out this month, it felt like to perfect time to read both books!

So… I can’t say that I have read many, if any, books romance books about the porn industry. I was definitely curious to see how the story was going to play out and it was not at all what I expected from the story. I really liked the idea of the website Clara and Josh created, and I think something like that would be super helpful for both men and women in real life. It was definitely interesting to read about.

The characters in the story were really fun as well. I liked watching Clara come out of her shell, and Josh grow more confident about both himself and his job. I really liked Naomi too, and I was super happy that though she was Josh’s ex, they were still friends, and she wasn’t a mean ex-girlfriend. AND I love that she’s the main character in The Intimacy Experiment! I am so excited to read her story.

Overall; The Roommate was not at all what I expected, but was a quick, fun read! The cute interactions between the two main characters and the fascinating storyline definitely kept me hooked. I can’t wait to get started on The Intimacy Experiment now, and I will definitely be checking out more books by Rosie in the future!

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Waiting on Wednesday: Sunkissed & Take Me Home Tonight



Sunkissed
by Kasie West

Expected Publication: May 4th 2021 
by Delacorte Press

A lighthearted and swoony contemporary YA romance by fan-favorite author Kasie West about a girl who finds that a summer spent at a family resort isn’t as bad as she imagined…and that falling in love is filled with heartache, laughter, and surprises!

After being betrayed by her best friend, Avery is hoping for a picture-perfect summer. Too bad her parents have dragged her and her sister to a remote family camp for the entire summer. And that’s not even the worst part. Avery also has to deal with no internet, a cute but off-limits staff member, and an always-in-her-face sister.

But what starts as a disaster turns into a whirlwind summer romance as Avery embarks on an unexpected journey to figure out what she truly wants and who she wants to be.

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Take Me Home Tonight
by Morgan Matson

Expected Publication: May 4th 2021 
by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off meets Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist in this romp through the city that never sleeps from the New York Times bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone, Morgan Matson.

Two girls. One night. Zero phones.

Kat and Stevie—best friends, theater kids, polar opposites—have snuck away from the suburbs to spend a night in New York City. They have it all planned out. They’ll see a play, eat at the city’s hottest restaurant, and have the best. Night. Ever. What could go wrong?

Well. Kind of a lot?

They’re barely off the train before they’re dealing with destroyed phones, family drama, and unexpected Pomeranians. Over the next few hours, they’ll have to grapple with old flames, terrible theater, and unhelpful cab drivers. But there are also cute boys to kiss, parties to crash, dry cleaning to deliver (don’t ask), and the world’s best museum to explore.

Over the course of a wild night in the city that never sleeps, both Kat and Stevie will get a wake-up call about their friendship, their choices…and finally discover what they really want for their future.

That is, assuming they can make it to Grand Central before the clock strikes midnight.

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Two new books from two authors that I love! Do these books sound great or what? I am super excited to check them out... They are going to make for some great summer reading!!

**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.**


Sunday, April 4, 2021

Most Anticipated April 2021 Releases


April has finally arrived, bring with it lots of rain and stormy weather, and also lots of great books! There are SO many upcoming books that I can't wait to get my hands on this month... Here's hoping for a great reading month!

Scroll down to check out all the books I'm excited for this month!

(In order by genre!)


Witches Steeped in Gold
(Witches Steeped in Gold #1)
by Ciannon Smart

Divided by their order. United by their vengeance.

Iraya has spent her life in a cell, but every day brings her closer to freedom - and vengeance.

Jazmyne is the Queen’s daughter, but unlike her sister before her, she has no intention of dying to strengthen her mother’s power.

Sworn enemies, these two witches enter a precarious alliance to take down a mutual threat. But power is intoxicating, revenge is a bloody pursuit, and nothing is certain - except the lengths they will go to win this game.

This Jamaican-inspired fantasy debut about two enemy witches who must enter into a deadly alliance to take down a common enemy has the twisted cat-and-mouse of Killing Eve with the richly imagined fantasy world of Furyborn and Ember in the Ashes.

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Aru Shah and the City of Gold
(Pandava #4)
by Roshani Chokshi

Aru Shah and her sisters--including one who also claims to be the Sleeper's daughter--must find their mentors Hanuman and Urvashi in Lanka, the city of gold, before war breaks out between the devas and asuras.

Aru has just made a wish on the tree of wishes, but she can't remember what it was. She's pretty sure she didn't wish for a new sister, one who looks strangely familiar and claims to be the Sleeper's daughter, like her.

Aru also isn't sure she still wants to fight on behalf of the devas in the war against the Sleeper and his demon army. The gods have been too devious up to now. Case in point: Kubera, ruler of the city of gold, promises to give the Pandavas two powerful weapons, but only if they win his trials. If they lose, they won't stand a chance against the Sleeper's troops, which will soon march on Lanka to take over the Otherworld.

Aru's biggest question, though, is why every adult she has loved and trusted so far has failed her. Will she come to peace with what they've done before she has to wage the battle of her life?

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House of Hollow
by Krystal Sutherland

Seventeen-year-old Iris Hollow has always been strange. Something happened to her and her two older sisters when they were children, something they can’t quite remember but that left each of them with an identical half-moon scar at the base of their throats.

Iris has spent most of her teenage years trying to avoid the weirdness that sticks to her like tar. But when her eldest sister, Grey, goes missing under suspicious circumstances, Iris learns just how weird her life can get: horned men start shadowing her, a corpse falls out of her sister’s ceiling, and ugly, impossible memories start to twist their way to the forefront of her mind.

As Iris retraces Grey’s last known footsteps and follows the increasingly bizarre trail of breadcrumbs she left behind, it becomes apparent that the only way to save her sister is to decipher the mystery of what happened to them as children.

The closer Iris gets to the truth, the closer she comes to understanding that the answer is dark and dangerous – and that Grey has been keeping a terrible secret from her for years.

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Kate in Waiting
by Becky Albertalli

Contrary to popular belief, best friends Kate Garfield and Anderson Walker are not codependent. Carpooling to and from theater rehearsals? Environmentally sound and efficient. Consulting each other on every single life decision? Basic good judgment. Pining for the same guys from afar? Shared crushes are more fun anyway.

But when Kate and Andy’s latest long-distance crush shows up at their school, everything goes off script. Matt Olsson is talented and sweet, and Kate likes him. She really likes him. The only problem? So does Anderson.

Turns out, communal crushes aren’t so fun when real feelings are involved. This one might even bring the curtains down on Kate and Anderson’s friendship.


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Kisses and Croissants
by Anne - Sophie Jouhanneau

Seventeen-year-old Mia, an American girl at an elite summer ballet program, has six weeks to achieve her dreams: to snag an audition with one of the world’s best ballet companies. But there’s more to Paris than ballet—especially when a charming French boy, Louis, wants to be her tour guide—and the pair discover the city has a few mysteries up its sleeve.

In the vein of romances like Love and Gelato, this is the perfect summer adventure for anyone looking to get swept away in the City of Love.


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Life's too Short
(The Friend Zone #3)
by Abby Jimenez

A brilliant and touching romantic comedy from the USA Today bestselling author of The Friend Zone and The Happy Ever After Playlist.

Vanessa lives life on her own terms — one day at a time, every day to its fullest. She isn’t willing to waste a moment or miss out on an experience when she has no idea whether she shares the same fatal genetic condition as her mother. Besides, she has way too much to do, traveling the globe and showing her millions of YouTube followers the joy in seizing every moment.

But after her half-sister suddenly leaves Vanessa in custody of her infant daughter, she is housebound, on mommy duty for the foreseeable future, and feeling totally out of her element.

The last person she expects to show up offering help is the unbelievably hot lawyer who lives next door, Adrian Copeland. After all, she barely knows him. But as they get closer, Vanessa realizes that her carefree ways and his need for a structured plan could never be compatible for the long term. Then again, she should know better than anyone that life’s too short to fear taking the biggest risk of all. . .


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Second First Impressions
by Sally Thorne

Distraction (n): an extreme agitation of the mind or emotions.

Ruthie Midona has worked the front desk at the Providence Luxury Retirement Villa for six years, dedicating her entire adult life to caring for the Villa’s residents, maintaining the property (with an assist from DIY YouTube tutorials), and guarding the endangered tortoises that live in the Villa’s gardens. Somewhere along the way, she’s forgotten that she’s young and beautiful, and that there’s a world outside of work—until she meets the son of the property developer who just acquired the retirement center.

Teddy Prescott has spent the last few years partying, sleeping in late, tattooing himself when bored, and generally not taking life too seriously—something his father, who dreams of grooming Teddy into his successor, can’t understand. When Teddy needs a place to crash, his father seizes the chance to get him to grow up. He’ll let Teddy stay in one of the on-site cottages at the retirement home, but only if he works to earn his keep. Teddy agrees—he can change a few lightbulbs and clip some hedges, no sweat. But Ruthie has plans for Teddy too.

Her two wealthiest and most eccentric residents have just placed an ad (yet another!) seeking a new personal assistant to torment. The women are ninety-year-old, four-foot-tall menaces, and not one of their assistants has lasted a full week. Offering up Teddy seems like a surefire way to get rid of the tall, handsome, unnerving man who won’t stop getting under her skin.

Ruthie doesn’t count on the fact that in Teddy Prescott, the Biddies may have finally met their match. He’ll pick up Chanel gowns from the dry cleaner and cut Big Macs into bite-sized bits. He’ll do repairs around the property, make the residents laugh, and charm the entire villa. He might even remind Ruthie what it’s like to be young and fun again. But when she finds out Teddy’s father’s only fixing up the retirement home to sell it, putting everything she cares about in jeopardy, she’s left wondering if Teddy’s magic was all just a façade.

From the USA Today  bestselling author of The Hating Game and 99 Percent Mine comes the clever, funny, and unforgettable story of a muscular, tattooed man hired as an assistant to two old women—under the watchful eye of a beautiful retirement home manager.


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Twice Shy
by Sarah Hogle

Can you find real love when you've always got your head in the clouds?

Maybell Parish has always been a dreamer and a hopeless romantic. But living in her own world has long been preferable to dealing with the disappointments of real life. So when Maybell inherits a charming house in the Smokies from her Great-Aunt Violet, she seizes the opportunity to make a fresh start.

Yet when she arrives, it seems her troubles have only just begun. Not only is the house falling apart around her, but she isn't the only inheritor: she has to share everything with Wesley Koehler, the groundskeeper who's as grouchy as he is gorgeous—and it turns out he has very different vision for the property's future.

Convincing the taciturn Wesley to stop avoiding her and compromise is a task more formidable than the other dying wishes Great-Aunt Violet left behind. But when Maybell uncovers something unexpectedly sweet beneath Wesley's scowls, and as the two slowly begin to let their guard down, they might learn that sometimes the smallest steps outside one's comfort zone can lead to the greatest rewards.

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The Intimacy Experiment
by Rosie Danan

Naomi and Ethan will test the boundaries of love in this provocative romance from the author of the ground-breaking debut, The Roommate.

Naomi Grant has built her life around going against the grain. After the sex-positive start-up she cofounded becomes an international sensation, she wants to extend her educational platform to live lecturing. Unfortunately, despite her long list of qualifications, higher ed won't hire her.

Ethan Cohen has recently received two honors: LA Mag named him one of the city's hottest bachelors and he became rabbi of his own synagogue. Taking a gamble in an effort to attract more millennials to the faith, the executive board hired Ethan because of his nontraditional background. Unfortunately, his shul is low on both funds and congregants. The board gives him three months to turn things around or else they'll close the doors of his synagogue for good.

Naomi and Ethan join forces to host a buzzy seminar series on Modern Intimacy, the perfect solution to their problems--until they discover a new one--their growing attraction to each other. They've built the syllabus for love's latest experiment, but neither of them expected they'd be the ones putting it to the test.

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To Love and to Loathe
(The Regency Vows #2)
by Martha Waters

The widowed Diana, Lady Templeton and Jeremy, Marquess of Willingham are infamous among English high society as much for their sharp-tongued bickering as their flirtation. One evening, an argument at a ball turns into a serious wager: Jeremy will marry within the year or Diana will forfeit one hundred pounds. So shortly after, just before a fortnight-long house party at Elderwild, Jeremy’s country estate, Diana is shocked when Jeremy appears at her home with a very different kind of proposition.

After his latest mistress unfavorably criticized his skills in the bedroom, Jeremy is looking for reassurance, so he has gone to the only woman he trusts to be totally truthful. He suggests that they embark on a brief affair while at the house party—Jeremy can receive an honest critique of his bedroom skills and widowed Diana can use the gossip to signal to other gentlemen that she is interested in taking a lover.

Diana thinks taking him up on his counter-proposal can only help her win her wager. With her in the bedroom and Jeremy’s marriage-minded grandmother, the formidable Dowager Marchioness of Willingham, helping to find suitable matches among the eligible ladies at Elderwild, Diana is confident her victory is assured. But while they’re focused on winning wagers, they stand to lose their own hearts.

With Martha Waters’s signature “cheeky charm and wonderfully wry wit” (Booklist, starred review), To Love and to Loathe is another clever and delightful historical rom-com that is perfect for fans of Christina Lauren and Evie Dunmore.


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Under the Southern Sky
by Kristy Woodson Harvey

One of Country Living’s 20 New Books You Don’t Want to Miss This Spring
One of Bookstr’s 8 Most Anticipated Reads of 2021
One of Frolic’s 12 Most Anticipated Books of 2021
One of BookTrib’s Most-Anticipated Reads of 2021
One of Brit + Co’s Books You Should Read with Your BFF

Two childhood friends discover that love—and family—can be found in unconventional ways in this timely, moving novel from the USA TODAY bestselling author of the “beautifully Southern, evocative Peachtree Bluff series” (Kristin Harmel, internationally bestselling author of The Winemaker’s Wife).

Recently separated Amelia Buxton, a dedicated journalist, never expected that uncovering the biggest story of her career would become deeply personal. But when she discovers that a cluster of embryos belonging to her childhood friend Parker and his late wife Greer have been deemed “abandoned,” she’s put in the unenviable position of telling Parker—and dredging up old wounds in the process.

Parker has been unable to move forward since the loss of his beloved wife three years ago. He has all but forgotten about the frozen embryos, but once Amelia reveals her discovery, he knows that if he ever wants to get a part of Greer back, he’ll need to accept his fate as a single father and find a surrogate.

Each dealing with their own private griefs, Parker and Amelia slowly begin to find solace in one another as they navigate an uncertain future against the backdrop of the pristine waters of their childhood home, Buxton Beach. The journey of self-discovery leads them to an unforgettable and life-changing lesson: Family—the one you’re born into and the one you choose—is always closer than you think.

From “the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand, #1 New York Times bestselling author), Under the Southern Sky is a fresh and unforgettable exploration of love, friendship, and the unbreakable ties that bind.

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The Bookstore on the Beach
by Brenda Novak

"A page-turner with a deep heart."—Nancy Thayer, New York Times bestselling author of Girls of Summer

How do you start a new chapter of your life when you haven’t closed the book on the previous one?

Eighteen months ago, Autumn Divac’s husband went missing. Her desperate search has yielded no answers, and she can’t imagine moving forward without him. But for the sake of their two teenage children, she has to try.

Autumn takes her kids home for the summer to the charming beachside town where she was raised. She seeks comfort working alongside her mother and aunt at their bookshop, only to learn that her daughter is facing a huge life change and her mother has been hiding a terrible secret for years. And when she runs into the boy who stole her heart in high school, old feelings start to bubble up again. Is she free to love him, or should she hold out hope for her husband’s return? She can only trust her heart…and hope it won’t lead her astray.

"A heart-tugging romance. Readers are sure to be sucked in.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

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So many awesome releases! I can't wait to get started on them.

Are there any books that you're looking forward to reading in April??

Thursday, April 1, 2021

My April '21 TBR!


Happy April, Bookworms!

Are you guys ready for a brand new month?! I know I am, especially considering that March was one of the worst reading months I have had in a *really* long time.

(Seriously, y'all... I just want to read. What's wrong with me?!) lol

I have a really fun TBR planned out for this month, and I'm really hoping for a good reading month so I can read all of these fantastic books.

I am also hoping to do a massive amount of catching up on previous months TBR's as well...
I am so behind!

Here's what I am hoping to read in April!

Rule of Wolves by Leigh Barudgo
(Sooooo excited to finally have this!)

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
(Didn't finish this is March, so that's first on the agenda!)

Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
(Got a little behind on this series, but am hoping to catch up this month.)

The Rose Code by Kate Quinn
(Very excited for this one!)

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
(Hoping to start at least one new series this month!)

Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas
(SO curious about this Peter Pan retelling!)

Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard
(Going to try to get this one read before its release in May!)

The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai
(This one has been sitting on my shelf for too long. 
I keep meaning to start it, but still haven't.)

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
(This one is a re-read, but I have been thinking about it a lot lately, 
and I want to read it again!)

Persuasion by Jane Austen
(I'm a little behind on my Jane Austen re-reads as well, 
but I'm hoping to catch up this month.)

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I definitely want to read more historical/regency romances this month, and I am hoping to read all of these! (And maybe a few more!)

Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas
Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare
While The Duke Was Sleeping by Sophie Jordan

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I also have a few review copies that I need to get to as well.
(If I could actually get to all of these books read, it would be amazing!)

:)

What books are you hoping to read in April??

16 Bookish Blog Post Ideas for April!


Happy April!

I'm back today with another list of blog post ideas to share with you guys! I haven't been doing very well of sticking to my list lately, but I am hoping to do a bit better this month. If you need some inspiration for some blog posts as well, feel free to grab the graphic above!

This month I was once again inspired by the March Bookstagram challenge hosted by myself and @loriimagination over on Instagram! If you're interested in joining that challenge, check it out as well!

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Waiting on Wednesday: Pumpkin & Meet Cute Diary



Pumpkin
(Dumplin' #3)
by Julie Murphy

Expected publication: May 25th 2021
by Balzer + Bray

Waylon Russell Brewer is a fat, openly gay boy stuck in the small West Texas town of Clover City. His plan is to bide his time until he can graduate, move to Austin with his twin sister, Clementine, and finally go Full Waylon, so that he can live his Julie-the-hills-are-alive-with-the-sound-of-music-Andrews truth.

So when Clementine deviates from their master plan right after Waylon gets dumped, he throws caution to the wind and creates an audition tape for his favorite TV drag show, Fiercest of Them All. What he doesn’t count on is the tape accidentally getting shared with the entire school. . . . As a result, Waylon is nominated for prom queen as a joke. Clem’s girlfriend, Hannah Perez, also receives a joke nomination for prom king.

Waylon and Hannah decide there’s only one thing to do: run—and leave high school with a bang. A very glittery bang. Along the way, Waylon discovers that there is a lot more to running for prom court than campaign posters and plastic crowns, especially when he has to spend so much time with the very cute and infuriating prom king nominee Tucker Watson.

Waylon will need to learn that the best plan for tomorrow is living for today . . . especially with the help of some fellow queens. . . .



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Meet Cute Diary
by Emery Lee

Expected publication: May 4th 2021
by Quill Tree Books

Felix Ever After meets Becky Albertalli in this swoon-worthy, heartfelt rom-com about how a transgender teen’s first love challenges his ideas about perfect relationships.

Noah Ramirez thinks he’s an expert on romance. He has to be for his popular blog, the Meet Cute Diary, a collection of trans happily ever afters. There’s just one problem—all the stories are fake. What started as the fantasies of a trans boy afraid to step out of the closet has grown into a beacon of hope for trans readers across the globe.

When a troll exposes the blog as fiction, Noah’s world unravels. The only way to save the Diary is to convince everyone that the stories are true, but he doesn’t have any proof. Then Drew walks into Noah’s life, and the pieces fall into place: Drew is willing to fake-date Noah to save the Diary. But when Noah’s feelings grow beyond their staged romance, he realizes that dating in real life isn’t quite the same as finding love on the page.

In this charming novel by Emery Lee, Noah will have to choose between following his own rules for love or discovering that the most romantic endings are the ones that go off script.


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Do both of these books sound SO good, or what?
I am very excited to check them both out.

AND they are both PINK! I definitely need more pink books in my collection.

:)
**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.**


Monday, March 29, 2021

My Thoughts: A Lady's Formula for Love by Elizabeth Everett

A Lady's Formula for Love
(The Secret Scientists of London #1)
by Elizabeth Everett

Publication Date: February 9th 2021
Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 322
ISBN: 9780593200629
Genre: Adult Fiction / Historical Romance
Source: Netgalley Review Copy / Own

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What is a Victorian lady's formula for love? Mix one brilliant noblewoman and her enigmatic protection officer. Add in a measure of danger and attraction. Heat over the warmth of humor and friendship, and the result is more than simple chemistry—it's elemental.

Lady Violet Hughes is keeping secrets. First, she founded a clandestine sanctuary for England's most brilliant female scientists. Second, she is using her genius on a confidential mission for the Crown. But the biggest secret of all? Her feelings for protection officer Arthur Kneland.

Solitary and reserved, Arthur learned the hard way to put duty first. But the more time he spends in the company of Violet and the eccentric club members, the more his best intentions go up in flames. Literally.

When a shadowy threat infiltrates Violet's laboratories, endangering her life and her work, scientist and bodyguard will find all their theories put to the test—and learn that the most important discoveries are those of the heart. (Goodreads)


This year I am on a mission to find, (and devour), more historical fiction books, (including the swoony romantic kinds). When I discovered A Lady’s Formula for Love by Elizabeth Everett, I knew I would have to check it out! This is the very first book in the brand new series The Secret Scientists of London series, and it was absolutely fantastic! I very much enjoyed reading this book.

One of the things that I loved most about this book was ALL of the wonderful characters. I loved the main character in the story, Lady Violet, the most. Why? Because she’s brilliant AND a scientist, and I wanted nothing more than to visit her secret society to geek out with her and her fellow scientists. There’s also Arthur Kneland, the brooding, sexy Scottish bodyguard, who had me swooning right along with Lady Violet. (Seriously, that accent, though.) I love a man that will let a woman shine, and Arthur was fantastic at letting Violet shine.

There were a lot of really fascinating secondary characters in the story as well and I want to know them all so much more! I am super curious to know if any of them will be getting the next book in the series, or if we will at least see them again in the next book. I know I would happy with either because they are all so fascinating.

The storyline for this book was really interesting as well, especially with Lady Violet working on a mission for the Crown. (How awesome is that for that period in time?!) I also love that all the women were scientists, and getting to read about their inventions was both fascinating, and, at times, hilarious. (The hair lacquer!) This book also talks about women’s rights and suffrage, and I definitely need more books like it in my collection.

Overall; I very much enjoyed A Lady’s Formula for Love, and I absolutely can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in the sequel, which is currently untitled, but due to release sometime in 2022. I will most definitely be keeping my eye out for it, and for more books by Elizabeth Everett in the future.

Sunday, March 28, 2021

14 (more) Books on my Spring TBR


Happy Sunday, Bookworms!

Spring has officially arrived and it has brought with it allergies, lots of rain and stormy weather, and, of course, awesome books. :)

I shared a few books on my Top Ten Tuesday post a few weeks back about some of the books I had hoped to read this spring, but there are SO many awesome books coming out this season, and I still have so many to share!

Here are a few more I am hoping to read:



Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Stepsisters by Susan Mallery



The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart



A Chorus Rises by Bethany C. Morrow
Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee



Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon
An Emotion of Great Delight by Tahereh Mafi



The Road Trip by Beth O'Leary
Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake by Alexis Hall



We Can't Keep Meeting Like This by Rachel Lynn Solomon
The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels by India Holton



Under the Southern Sky by Kristy Woodson Harvey
The Bookstore on the Beach by Brenda Novak

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So many great books! And so many beautiful covers! I am so excited to read all of these!

Are there any books that you're looking forward to reading this spring??