Meant To Be Yours by Susan Mallery : Harelquin Trade Publising Blog Tour: Romance & Women’s Fiction Winter 2020

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Welcome friends to my very first stop on a Blog Tour! Thank you so very much to Harlequin Trade Publishing for allowing me this opportunity!! I have had so much fun reading Meant To Be Yours by Susan Mallery, and I am beyond anxious to share my review with you. Without further ado, here we go!!

MEANT TO BE YOURS

Author: Susan Mallery

ISBN: 9781335041494

Publication Date: 10/22/19

Publisher: HQN Books

 

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Author Bio: SUSAN MALLERY is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of novels about the relationships that define women’s lives—family, friendship, romance. Library Journal says, “Mallery is the master of blending emotionally believable characters in realistic situations,” and readers seem to agree—40 million copies of her books have sold worldwide. Her warm, humorous stories make the world a happier place to live.

Susan grew up in California and now lives in Seattle with her husband. She’s passionate about animal welfare, especially that of the two ragdoll cats and adorable poodle who think of her as mom.

 

Book Summary:

In Happily Inc, love means never having to say “I do”…

Wedding coordinator Renee Grothen isn’t meant for marriage. Those who can, do. Those who can’t, plan. But she never could have planned on gorgeous, talented thriller writer Jasper Dembenski proposing—a fling, that is. Fun without a future. And the attraction between them is too strong for Renee to resist. Now she can have her no-wedding cake…and eat it, too.

After years in the military, Jasper is convinced he’s too damaged for relationships. So a flirtation—and more—with fiery, determined Renee is way too good to pass up…until his flame becomes his muse.

Renee is an expert at averting every crisis. But is she finally ready to leap into the one thing that can never be controlled: love?

 

 

My Review – Meant To Be Your by Susan Mallery

Right off the bat I was sucked into this compelling, funny at times, and heartwarming story. Susan obviously knows what she’s doing by including a dog within the first 15 pages. As a proud Dog Mom of my adorable rescued Bichon Frise, Baxter, I felt an immediate connection to the main character Jasper, a veteran and author. As the story progresses you meet more endearing, comical, and dynamic characters. I absolutely love Renee, the wedding planner. She is super spunky, but vulnerable and strong. Something about a strong female character that is just so satisfying. One of my favorite book tropes ever is witty banter, and I definitely enjoyed the banter in this book. I find a romance to be extremely enjoyable when there are realistic relationships, ups and downs, and banter. There is no way a relationship is perfect all the time, so I was very relieved when the relationships in Meant To Be Yours were refreshingly real.

The atmosphere of the adorable town, Happily Inc, is so magical and quaint that it makes you long for it to be real so you can go visit. The shops, and the bar that everyone gathers at on Monday nights for games remind me of places I’ve visited before. This is one of those books that will take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions, but leave you craving more to the point where you blink and realize you’re halfway through the book already! I got total Bride Quartet by Nora Roberts vibes reading this, which is one of my absolute favorite romance series… yes sometimes I am a mush! I will definitely be reading the rest of the Happily Inc books, as Susan Mallery’s writing style is something that I have fallen in love with. Such a flowy, engaging form of story telling. Definitely a feel good pick me up kind of book!

Thank you for checking out my stop on the Harlequin Trade Publishing Romance & Women’s Literature Blog Tour for Meant To Be Yours by Susan Mallery! Don’t forget to go get your copy today, and enjoy the read!! 🙂

 

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Weekend Readathon update #2

Same header!! I just love this coffee pic, and I wanted to keep it similar to my other Readathon update. ☺️ I didn’t read much last night, but not for lack of trying!!

I ended up making a Target run, mainly because I realized I was out of deodorant. How embarrassing!!!! 😳😳😂 Also, I had to stop for groceries. Hey! A booknerd has gotta eat at some point!! When I got home my monster of a migraine that I had earlier in the week for about 5 days was trying to worm it’s way back in so I decided to take it easy and watch Ghost Adventures and snooze. Oh! My October Owlcrate also arrived, so of course I had to open it!!! I’ll share my unboxing later.

I slept in until about 7:30am this morning, yes that is sleeping in for me. Took Baxter for his morning walk and then made some delicious coffee!!! If you haven’t tried Bones Coffee Co. yet then I highly recommend them!!! They have a 5 pack of their 4oz sampler bags so you can try multiple flavors and quite often have discounts or free shipping!! They are based out of the sunny state of Florida and are the best flavored coffee I have ever had!

I only have 38 pages left in Slender Man, which won’t take me long to read. Then I’m going to tackle some more stories in my YA Horror Anthology Slasher Girls & Monster Boys which were selected by April Genevieve Tucholke. This anthology is a group read for the month of October in The Reading Corner Book Lounge, a Facebook book group that I am an Admin of! 🥰

I’m hoping to finish at least 2 books today!! I do have to set up some pulled pork in the crockpot in about an hour or two, and open faced meatball subs are on the menu for lunch today!! It’s been a while since I’ve shared my food, so I’ll include some of that in my update later today! Until then, I have some pages to read!!!

Happy Reading!! 🤓

The Shrike & The Shadows by Chantal Gadoury & A.M. Wright

#review #NetGalley #AMWright #ChantalGadoury #TheShrikeTheShadows

I am beyond grateful to NetGalley and The Parliament House for providing me with the ebook ARC for The Shrike & The Shadows by Chantal Gadoury + A.M. Wright. I had so much fun reading this book and conversing with A.M. Wright on Instagram along my journey! I really set the mood for reading this book with some great spooky asmr videos on YouTube.

Book Description –

The village of Krume is plagued by a haunted wood and a hungry witch. It’s been that way for as long as Hans and Greta can remember, though they have never seen the witch themselves; no one has. 

When men start to disappear once again in the cover of night – their bloody hearts turning up on doorsteps – the village falls into frenzied madness. 

Hans and Greta, two outcast orphans, find themselves facing accusations of witchcraft and are met with an ultimatum: burn at the stake, or leave the village forever. 

With nowhere else to go, they abandon their only home. 

As they venture into the strange forest, their path is fraught with horrific creatures, wild and vivid hallucinations, and a mysterious man tied to the witch’s past. 

The Shrike is watching, just beyond the deep darkness of the woods.

My Review!!

I had originally been recommend this book by my dear friend Danny and then heard this book mentioned by a few booktubers. So of course I had to go on NetGalley and try to get myself a copy!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for choosing me! I had no idea how much I needed this book in my life. This is quite possibly one book that I will reread every year around Halloween now!

A Hansel and Gretel retelling but so craftily unique! I could feel the poison ☠️ of the town that ran Hans and Greta out, and right along with the twins I felt my fear of the woods grow. This book sucks you in from the start, with gruesome horror and anticipation of what comes next. I felt the world building was impeccable, and the character development was really well done for the first book in a new series. There is a romance that is squeaked in at the end of the book, and I could not get enough of that. Steamy and lustful yet such soulful connections! Well done ladies!! The journey Hans and Greta go on through the woods is so creepy and despairing that it really starts to mess with the readers head. I am so beyond impressed with how this retelling was written and am dying for the next book in the series! New fan over here!!! 💕💕💕

If you are a reader who loves creepy stories, fairytale retellings and books that grab you and pull you in, then this is the perfect book for you!

Weekend Readathon Update 1

Good Morning and Happy Saturday!!! The sun is shining here and it is a glorious fall day! So far I’m really happy with my progress for the Weekend Readathon. Last night I was able to finish the last hour of my audiobook of Girl Of Nightmares by Kendare Blake, and the last 14% of my eARC of The Shrike & The Shadows by Chantal Gadoury + A.M. Wright. Then, I promptly fell asleep on the couch and woke up at 11pm all confused and out of sorts.

This morning I made a huge pot of coffee and enjoyed some cups with my pumpkin pie spice coffee creamer. 😋☕️

Next, I made breakfast and updated my Bullet Journal as I finished reading Paper Girls Vol 1, which I absolutely loved!! While I’m writing this post I’m trying to decide if I want to continue with Slasher Girls & Monster Boys Anthology, or continue with Slender Man by Anonymous. Hmmm….

I suppose it would be more beneficial to end my update and just pick up a book and start reading. 😂😄 I’ll check back in later tonight! I do have to run to the store at some point today to get a few things to cook dinner. Talk to you soon!

Back to my books and Happy Reading!! 🤓

Flying Solo Readathon

It was a dark and spooky night…..

Actually, it’s a dark and chilly night! 😂 It’s currently 47 degrees Fahrenheit here in Rochester,NY with a forecasted low of 37!!! 😱😱 I have officially turned on my heat, and that means it’s time to curl up and read!!! I’ve had a horrible reading slump since the beginning of the month and I am finally coming out of it. I thought what better way to celebrate than my very own weekend Readathon!!! 🥳 What is a Readathon, you ask? Well, a Readathon is a specific amount of time where crazy people like me read as much as they can and get minimal sleep. 😬

I still have a massive TBR pile to get through, and an ARC to read for my first ever Blog Tour that I’ll be participating in on October 25th!! More to come on that!! I’ve managed to finish 3 books from my Anticipated TBR list so far, but there are soooo many more to go!

It’s very likely I might stray from this list though 😂 I do know that I would love to finish my YA Horror Anthology and Slender Man. Both are for Facebook group reads or book clubs.

I have sushi on it’s way to me for dinner thanks to Grub Hub! It’s an easy to eat and read kind of food! Then I’m diving in to my reads! I did just finish the 2nd book in the Anna Duology by Kendare Blake and absolutely loved it! (Will review next week)

My plan for this Readathon is to do daily updates, so…. OH SUSHI IS HEREEE 😛😛😛

Ok, so as I was saying!! My plan is to make daily, or maybe twice daily updates, on my progress! Below is my list of books I hope to finish… and a couple stretch books.

Books To Finish

  • Slasher Girls & Monster Boys Anthology
  • Slender Man by Anonymous
  • Wicked Saints by Emily A Duncan
  • Paper Girls Vol 1
  • The Wicked + The Divine Vol 1: The Faust Act

Stretch Books

  • The Turn of The Key by Ruth Ware
  • Meant to be Yours by Susan Mallery

Ok, now it’s time to feast! Happy Reading 🤓

Review of Daughters Unto Devils

#bookreview #daughtersuntodevils #octobertbr #spookyreads #horror


First book read from my gigantic October Spooky TBR! What an excellent read to start my month of Spook and Terror, and I can’t wait to see what other reads await me. I’ll quit stalking and get down to it, I hope you enjoy this review. I’ve linked my picture to the Goodreads page for the book Incase you want to check it out! 😊

All October reviews will be rated out of 5 👻’s.


Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics

Description-

“When sixteen-year-old Amanda Verner’s family decides to move from their small mountain cabin to the vast prairie, she hopes it is her chance for a fresh start. She can leave behind the memory of the past winter; of her sickly ma giving birth to a baby sister who cries endlessly; of the terrifying visions she saw as her sanity began to slip, the victim of cabin fever; and most of all, the memories of the boy she has been secretly meeting with as a distraction from her pain. The boy whose baby she now carries. 

When the Verners arrive at their new home, a large cabin abandoned by its previous owners, they discover the inside covered in blood. And as the days pass, it is obvious to Amanda that something isn’t right on the prairie. She’s heard stories of lands being tainted by evil, of men losing their minds and killing their families, and there is something strange about the doctor and his son who live in the woods on the edge of the prairie. But with the guilt and shame of her sins weighing on her, Amanda can’t be sure if the true evil lies in the land, or deep within her soul.

My Review-

Now this was some good old fashioned horror! The time period of the Pioneers is the perfect setting for the classic horror. The psychological aspect of being snowed in to a cabin on a mountain starts us off, and the horror and evilness within us that we either fight or give in to adds to the spook factor. This family moves to a prairie by word of mouth that it’ll be a good place for them to live, instead of trying to weather out an expected harsh winter. Once at the prairie the family arrives at a very large cabin in hopes it’ll be their new homestead, only to find a gruesome sight inside. Later to learn of local folklore of what happened. The horror unfolds from their as the children fight for their lives, and their souls. I heard about this book from the Hey! YA BookRiot podcast and it really did not disappoint. In fact, this book might have pulled me out of my little book slump!!! This was a perfect October read.

My rating– 👻👻👻👻

Would I recommend to others?– YES!!! Already gave my copy to one of my besties and she loves it!


Thanks for tuning in for my review of Daughters Unto Devils! If you’ve read it please leave me your thoughts in the comments!! Next review coming soon….

October ‘19 TBR

#OctoberTBR #SpookyReads #Horrorfest #NetGalley #TheShrikeTheShadows #ParliamentHouse #Halloween

Here it is, better late than never! I know we’re 8 days into October already but I just had to put up my October TBR list! For those that know me I am an absolute Horror junkie!!! I go see all the horror movies in theaters, I read lots of horror books, and I partake in live Ghost Hunts! (I may also be slightly obsessed with watching Ghost Adventures on Travel Channel) 👻😬

This October I put together an extremely ambitious, and ridiculously large, TBR of scary or creepy books I own. I seriously do not expect myself to get to all of these this month, but it’d be great if I could read at least half this list (about 10 books or so). I have already finished my first book, Daughter Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics. It was super creepy and I read it in one sitting, review to come…

Without further ado, here is my TBR!

Yes, that is correct, you see 26 books in that picture. What am I thinking, you might ask? Well, I’m being prepared for my mood which has been all over the place as far as what I feel like reading! These aren’t even including my Kindle book options! Send Help? Or maybe provide me with a pause button to get through this list!!

This will be me after I get through half of this TBR….

But seriously…. I have been so bad with starting a book and finishing it before starting 3 others. I am still finishing books, but some just aren’t grabbing me like I had hoped. Here are my Top 10 Anticipated October reads.

Most Anticipated October Reads

  1. Campfire by Shawn Sarles
  2. The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones
  3. Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
  4. These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling
  5. Slasher Girls & Monster Boys Anthology
  6. Five Midnights by Ann Dávila Cardinal
  7. Mormama by Kit Reed
  8. The Slenderman Mysteries by Nick Redfern
  9. Here There Are Monsters by Amelinda Bérubé
  10. The Invited by Jennifer McMahon (I’m more than halfway done with this one)

If I can finish those 10 before end of month then I am calling this a successful month!

I do have a spooky ARC to read, compliments of Net Galley and Parliament House Publishing, I am currently reading The Shrike & The Shadows by Chantal Gadoury and A.M. Wright. It seems to b a Hansel and Gretel retelling and I cannot wait to hop back in! Review to come on that soon.

Time to get some reading done before bed. Thanks for taking the time to check out my ridiculous hopes of reading 26 books for October! Stay tuned for reviews on some spooky books!!👻👻👻

Happy Reading my friends! 🤓🥰

Review for Wilder Girls

Ok, let’s try this again! I had this entire post written out with the exception of my review (that I was copying and pasting from Goodreads), and then the review didn’t show up and I lost my entire post. Ugh! The beauty of technology, or lesson learned to stop typing my posts from my phone! LOL  Now that I’m on my laptop, I have faith this will be successful.

This review has been a long time coming, as I read Wilder Girls by Rory Power back in August. Better late than never I suppose! This was a 4 star book for me, which I’ve had a lot of this year. However, I have not read anything like Wilder Girls and it definitely deserves the 4 star review I gave it.

 

Wilder Girls by Rory Power

Published July 9, 2019 by Delacorte Press

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Description (from Goodreads) – 

“It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her.

It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.

But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there’s more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.”

 

My Review – 

The Raxter school for girls, set on an island off the New England coast. On lockdown due to a mysterious plague that set in so suddenly after Hetty arrives, and affects the girls and adults in unique ways. The sense of isolation at Raxter, with no communication to the outside world other than supply drops, really sets the mood. You truly feel the isolation and frustration of the girls, not knowing or understanding what is going on or if they’ll ever see their families again. Loved the strong friendships that change and develop over the length of the book, especially the unique situation between Hetty, Reese and Byatt, the three main characters.

For a debut novel, this was an extremely creative take on a plague outbreak survival story. There were some parts where I had thought I’d figured it all out and then I’d be blind sided. Kept me guessing the whole time, and also kept me thoroughly entertained and exquisitely grossed out! This is the perfect book for all those who like a little sci-fi and horror but nothing too scary!! Also, can I just say how amazing and eye catching the cover is?? Am I right?? I would definitely recommend Wilder Girls to anyone looking for a creepy story, especially for this month with it being Halloween season. I can’t wait to read more books by this author and will definitely keep Rory Power on my author radar.

 

 

I’m trying to post more reviews, as I’ve been slacking on that part and I do apologize to everyone that follows for that reason. I have an obnoxiously large TBR for October, which I’ll be posting about tomorrow, and I need to get my rear in gear and read some of these books. It’s not October without spooky reads, and I have quite a few anticipated ones to get to. I bid you farewell, and until we meet again.

 

Happy Reading!! 🙂

 

 

 

Review for Somone We Know by Shari Lapena

I just knocked this book out in 48 hours!!! Most of it (75%) of it was read Today! This is Shari Lapena’s newest book, written previously is An Unwanted Guest (another fav of mine). I could not put this book down and now want to run around like a crazy book person and scream that everyone needs to read it.

The description is….

Maybe you don’t know your neighbors as well as you thought you did . . . 

“This is a very difficult letter to write. I hope you will not hate us too much. . . My son broke into your home recently while you were out.” 

In a quiet, leafy suburb in upstate New York, a teenager has been sneaking into houses—and into the owners’ computers as well—learning their secrets, and maybe sharing some of them, too.

Who is he, and what might he have uncovered? After two anonymous letters are received, whispers start to circulate, and suspicion mounts. And when a woman down the street is found murdered, the tension reaches the breaking point. Who killed her? Who knows more than they’re telling? And how far will all these very nice people go to protect their own secrets? 

In this neighborhood, it’s not just the husbands and wives who play games. Here, everyone in the family has something to hide . . .

You never really know what people are capable of.

My Review……

A very strong ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read for me!!

This book grabbed me from the very first couple pages and took me on one of the wildest rides I’ve ever had. A twist around every bend that makes you change your line of thinking, but then question yourself and just keeps adding to the story. I love the small town vibe and close knit community and the chaos that ensues with a couple new neighbors. Another fabulous book from Shari Lapena and a must read for all lovers of Thrillers!!!

I hope you all enjoy my review of Somone We Know by Shari Lapena! If you’ve read it let me know how you liked it in the comments below!! 😊

Happy Reading!! 🤓

Friday the 13th, Full Moon and turning 30!

Hellooooo!! I’ve missed you my friends. I haven’t been feeling all to well since I came down with a bad head cold last weekend, but I’m on the mend!!! That means I’m back with some bookish adventures to share with you. But first, I just wanted to let you all know that I did not turn into a werewolf last night, or any other supernatural being, with it being my birthday on Friday the 13th with a Full Harvest Moon. I am slightly disappointed with that outcome, but what can ya do! 😂

Books I’ve read since my last post :

  1. Dragon’s Oath : House of Quercus Novella by Eve Laird ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
  2. Binti (Binti #1) by Nnedi Okorafor ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
  3. Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children #2) by Seanan McGuire ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
  4. Blood Witch (Sweep #3) by Cate Tiernan ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
  5. Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
  6. Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush #1) by Becca Fitzpatrick ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
  7. The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Keep an eye out for a few reviews from that list, some of them were undeniably review worthy!

My Current Reads!!!

I always have multiple books going at once, mostly because I’ve finally realized that I’m a huge mood reader. I never have any trouble with mixing up stories or characters, so I figure why not? Especially at the pace I devour books.

The first book I’m in process of reading is the infamous IT by Stephen King!

This is a long term TBR veteran of mine, and I’ve started but never finished twice. This time I loaned the audiobook from my Library on the Libby App and got about 64% of the way through it before my loan expired. Have no fear, or do if clowns aren’t your thing 🤡, but I do own a copy of IT in paperback and will be finishing the beast of a novel next weekend for a Readathon!!! So far I am really enjoying the story and the psychological suspense is to die for! 😜 *ta dum tiss*

Next is the 2nd book in the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor, Days of Blood & Starlight. I am so happy to be back in the world of Chimera and see what happens with Karou and Akiva! 🥰

And Lastly, I was really needing a scary haunted house type book to ring in my 30th Birthday and fit with the rainy weather we are having, so I started a highly anticipated 2019 read for me… The Invited by Jennifer McMahon! The very first paragraph sucked me in and I’ve been grabbing minutes of reading when I can (I keep getting roped into decorating projects at the lake house 🙄😂).

So now that the bench for the front porch is put together and perfectly placed, I’m back in the chair with Baxter in my lap and ready to dive back in to this spooky story!!!

If you hear any howling at the moon this weekend you can ease your mind that it’s not me. But then again, maybe you should be concerned as to who the true culprit is of such eerie behavior. 😆

Happy Reading!! 🤓