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review 2020-01-16 17:50
Looking for Mr. Right
The Last Mrs. Parrish - Storm Constantine

Amber is a young woman with a sad and shady past.

She envies the life of the wealthy Mrs. Daphne Parrish and sets her sights on acquiring her life. 

 

Amber befriends the daft and guileless Daphne by pretending that she, too, had a sister who died of cystic fibrosis and volunteering to assist with Daphne's charity to benefit cystic fibrosis.  Amber learns everything about Daphne's life that will help her move into Daphne's shoes . . . including how to win over Daphne's handsome and powerful husband, Jackson.

 

Amber deceives and manipulates both Daphne and Jackson in her quest for life that she has always wanted. But, will she be happy when she finally gets the life she deserves?

 

A fast-moving story that is told from both Amber and Daphne's perspectives.  

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text 2020-01-16 16:38
TBR Thursdays* - January 9th and 16th, 2020
Love's Violet Sunrise - Naomi Rawlings
Love's Beginning - Naomi Rawlings
This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America - Morgan Jerkins
Poppies of Iraq - Brigitte Findakly,Lewis Trondheim
The Astronaut Wives Club - Lily Koppel
The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race - Jesmyn Ward
Why We March: Signs of Protest and Hope--Voices from the Women's March - The Artisan Bakery School
Anchor in the Storm (Waves of Freedom) - Sarah Sundin

*bookish meme created by Moonlight Reader

 

I forgot to post this last week and then BL went down for maintenance, so this is two week's worth of reading.

 

Well, I went into No Spend January doing well...until January 12th, when I decided to buy a 99 cent book. Other than that, it is going fine, but that is because none of the books "on sale" are interesting me. And no promos to entice me to spend money on books I do want so I can earn a credit to buy more books. 

 

My base library is doing an adult reading challenge for the winter called Passport to Reading. It runs from January 1st - February 29th. I picked up my passport this week and already filled in three of the ten categories and I am working on numbers four and five. Five categories finished enters you into a drawing for a $25 gift card to Starbucks; all ten categories finished enters you into a drawing for a $50 gift card to Barnes & Noble. I would be happy to win either one!

 

 

 

Print Additions

None

 

Nook Additions

+1. Bay City Belle (In Olde California #2 ) by Shirley Kennedy

 

Kindle Additions

None

 

Library Additions

Physical: 

+2. Poppies of Iraq by Brigette Findakly and Lewis Trondheim

 

Digital: None

******************************************************************************************************

Print Reads

None

 

NOOK Reads

-1. Love's Violet Sunrise (Eagle Harbor #0.5) by Naomi Rawlings

-2. Love's Beginning (Eagle Harbor Short Story) by Naomi Rawlings

-3. This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminism in (White) America by Morgan Jerkins

 

Kindle Reads

None

 

Library Reads

Physical:

-4. Why We March 

-5. The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks of Race edited by Jesmyn Ward

-6. The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel

-7. The Poppies of Iraq by Brigette Findakley and Lewis Trondheim

 

Digital:

-8. Anchor in the Storm (Waves of Freedom #2) by Sarah Sundin (already counted in the TBR)

 

TBR from last week: 326

Additions 2

Reads 8

Total for this week TBR: 320

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text 2020-01-01 18:00
January 2020 Reading TBR
Courting Trouble - Deeanne Gist
Anchor in the Storm (Waves of Freedom) - Sarah Sundin
The Astronaut Wives Club - Lily Koppel
Why We March: Signs of Protest and Hope--Voices from the Women's March - The Artisan Bakery School
The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race - Jesmyn Ward
This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America - Morgan Jerkins
An Extraordinary Union - Alyssa Cole
Breathless - Beverly Jenkins
The Darkness Knows (Viv and Charlie Mystery) - Cheryl Honigford
Appetites & Vices - Felicia Grossman

I need to read a minimum of 17 books per month to reach my goal of 200 books. *Sigh* Okay then let's do this! Twenty books placed on the list to ensure I hit 17. I won't know if any book works for a prompt for the BR Read Harder challenge until I read it, so none are being assigned to that challenge in the beginning of the month.

 

1. Courting Trouble by Deeanne Gist

          - 2020 Reading Assignment Challenge (Professor Author Luv)

 

2. Anchor in the Storm (Waves of Freedom #2) by Sarah Sundin

         - 2020 Reading Assignment Challenge (Professor Genre)

         - Finish That Series Already 

 

3. The Astronauts Wives Club by Lily Koppel

         - IRL book club pick

         - 2020 Library Love Challenge

 

4. Why We March: Signs of Protest and Hope/Voices from the Women's March

          - 2020 Library Love Challenge

 

5. The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race by Jesmyn Ward

          - 2020 Library Love Challenge

 

6. This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins

         - From the 24 Festive Tasks game, this is what the dreidel chose for me to read as my first book of 2020

        - COYER

 

7. An Extraordinary Union (The Loyal League #1) by Alyssa Cole

         - Finish That Series

 

8. Breathless (Old West #2) by Beverly Jenkins

          - Finish That Series

 

9. The Darkness Knows (Vi and Charles Mystery #1) by Cheryl Honigford

         - COYER

 

10. Appetites and Vices (The Truitts #1) by Felicia Grossman

            - COYER

 

11. Her Perfect Partner (Matched to Perfection #1) by Priscilla Oliveras

          - COYER

 

12. Copycat Killing (Magical Cats Mystery #3) by Sofie Kelly

          - COYER

 

13. The Scandalous Suffragette by Elizabeth Redgold

           - COYER

 

14. Tycoon (The Knickerbocker Club #0.5) by Joanna Shupe

          - COYER

          - Finish That Series Already

 

15. Year One (The Chronicles of the One #1) by Nora Roberts

         - COYER

 

16. Smooth Talking Cowboy (Gold Valley #1) by Maisey Yates

          - COYER

 

17. Opposites Attract (Nerds of Paradise #1) by Merry Farmer

 

18. The Preacher's Promise (Home to Milford College #1) by Piper Huguley

          - COYER

 

19. That Healing Touch (Cutter's Creek #1) by Kit Morgan

        - COYER

 

20. Once Upon a Wedding: A Fiction from the Heart Second Chances Anthology by Various Authors

     - To dip in between books

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review 2019-12-23 19:44
Book Review: Forgotten Storm (Storm #1) By A.R. Vagnetti
Forgotten Storm - A.R. Vagnetti

 

* I received a free copy of this book from the author via Booksprout.

 

This was such a good book! Even though the overall pacing to the story was on the slower side the writing enabled it to flow flawlessly until the end. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for more books in this series!

 

Nicki was presented as this kick-butt character who was into martial arts and running away from something even though she had no idea why initially. Her character is also into BDSM, which was a first for me considering I'd pegged this book as a UF. I can't say whether it was presented correctly or not because it's not something I'm educated on but it was an interesting concept in her character development and I liked how it wasn't just about her getting some with other characters. Even though I understand her thought process and can agree with her to some degree she came off as whiny and slightly annoying in the second half of the novel and it took away from the story a little for me.

 

Logan was charming and protective throughout the novel and it was overall sweet the lengths he went to try and keep her safe. Considering his age and supposed "wisdom" I'd like to have seen him give her more time to acclimate to the new world he presented to her and for her to open up to him. I liked him overall but there were some instances where I personally wanted to bash him over the head with a bolder or something.

 

The ending I was not expecting! I always had a niggling feeling that something was up but I never imagined what actually happened. This author proved herself to be an amazing storyteller. I'm SO glad I took a chance on her and this book! I'm personally invested in reading about Kurtis if/when there's a next book, so fingers crossed!

 

My Favorite Quotes:

 

"We are all broken. Everyone deals with the broken pieces of themselves in various ways."

 

"Love is a b*tch. All it brings is emptiness."

 

"To get over the past you must first accept the past is over. No matter how many times you analyze it, or regret it, it's over."

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