The Twenty – Review

Happy Friday everyone!! We have fake summer again here in Western, NY. It’s going to be 80 degrees Fahrenheit and I’m not complaining. I love that warmer weather is creeping in, and gives me the opportunity to start visiting my local breweries for a pint with my book!! Or, I just got a new inflatable lounger for some courtyard reading! Check this out….

The set up for it is hilarious! You have to open one of the tunnel ends and run to fill it with air, and repeat for the other side. It’s fairly easy to do, and very comfortable seating! I’m definitely looking forward to enjoying being outside more during the evenings and weekends at my apartment this year!

Ok, I got side tracked, but had to share! So we’re really here for my review of The Twenty by Sam Holland. This is book 2 in the Major Crimes series, which can be read as standalone but you’ll miss some of the background if you read out of order. Book 1 was The Echo Man, which I read and loved last year (2022). Both books are equally as good, if you enjoy a dark crime thriller featuring gritty crime scenes and serial killers!

Here’s the synopsis for The Twenty…

When DCI Adam Bishop arrives at the crime scene in the dead of night, the sight of the body is bad enough—but what Adam notices next chills him to his core. More bodies surface. And the spray-painted numbers daubed above the corpses reveal the horrific truth: the killer is counting down. But to what end?

Adam has no idea—until Dr. Romilly Cole knocks on his door with damning evidence pointing to a series of murders twenty five years earlier—a case she knows intimately from her past. Now, it’s personal—and the next knock on his door could be fatal.

Sounds dark and twisty, right?! Gosh it was just so good. And, if you’re an audiobook listener I highly recommend the story that way!

My Review….

Sam Holland is a rockstar of Psychological Thriller/Crime Fiction. The brutal, horrifying descriptions of the victims and the killer’s motive and technique are gritty and captivating. If it were a movie I’d not be able to look away. The fast paced plot grabs a hold of you, and keeps you locked in to the very end. The Twenty was just as good as The Echo Man, and I am so excited for more books in this series. Auto Buy author for sure!

If you’ve made it this far, then thank you so so much for reading my ramblings and review! I hope I’ve inspired a few of you to give Sam Holland’s books a try. Until my next review, take care!!

Positive Vibes & Happy Reading!

The Boyfriend Candidate – Tour

Hello Friends, and Happy Wednesday!! Wow I can’t believe it’s May, and the summer book tours are kicking off. I signed up for some books that I’m really excited to read, and I can’t wait to share them with you. So let’s get this party started!!

My first summer tour book is The Boyfriend Candidate by Ashley Winstead! The Synopsis immediately grabbed me, and it is next up on my tbr. I’ve been into a lot of RomCom, Romance, or Adult Contemporary reads lately as they’ve been a good fit between all my spooky or fantasy reads.

The Boyfriend Candidate

By Ashley Winstead 

On Sale May 9, 2023

Graydon House, 

Paperback Original

ISBN 9781525804960

Price: $18.99

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Ashley Winstead 2021 breakout thriller was In My Dreams I Hold a Knife. Her 2022 romance debut, Fool Me Once, was an Amazon Editor’s Best Romance as well as a USA Today, PopSugar, New York Post, and Goodreads best or most anticipated romance of the year. Her work has been translated into more than a dozen languages and optioned for film/TV. 

Book Summary: 

A laugh-out-loud rom-com about learning to embrace living outside your comfort zone.

As a shy school librarian, Alexis Stone is comfortable keeping out of the spotlight. But when she’s dumped for being too meek—in bed!—she decides she needs to change. And what better way to kick-start her new more adventurous life than with her first one-night stand?

Enter Logan, the gorgeous, foul-mouthed stranger she meets at a hotel bar. Audacious and filterless, Logan is Alexis’s opposite—and boy, do opposites attract! Just as she’s about to fulfill her hookup wish, the hotel catches fire in a freak lightning storm. In their rush to escape, Logan is discovered carrying her into the street, where people are waiting with cameras. Cameras Logan promptly—and shockingly—flees.

Alexis is bewildered until suddenly pictures of her and Logan escaping the fire are all over the internet. Turns out Logan is none other than Logan Arthur, the hotshot candidate challenging the Texas governor’s seat. The salacious scandal is poised to sink his career—and jeopardize Alexis’s job—until a solution is proposed: he and Alexis could pretend to be in a relationship until election day…in two months. What could possibly go wrong?

I’d like to give a big thank you to Harlequin Publishing and Ashley Winstead for the chance to feature The Boyfriend Candidate. This will be a perfect story to read in my new yard lounger with a cool drink in the warm sunshine. Stay tuned for my review to come! Until next time friends…

Positive Vibes & Happy Reading!

What Ya Reading Wednesday!

I can’t believe it’s Wednesday again!! I feel like the week just started and it should still be Monday, but maybe that’s a good thing. We’re 5 days into April already, and I’ve read 7 books. I’m on a mission to get as close as possible to caught up on my arc list. Wish me luck! Haha 🙃

So let’s talk about what I’m reading this week! I’ll start off with what I’ve got currently in progress, and then I’ll share a few I hope to finish before the week is over. I’m trying to be extremely ambitious with my reading goals this month, but without putting myself into a slump. So let’s rock ‘n roll!!



So there we have it, that is my in progress and hopefuls for the remainder of the week! I am currently 10% into The Foxglove King by Hanna Whitten, about 50% into The Mirror Demon by F.R. Jameson, and 15% into A Multitude of Dreams by Mara Rutherford. I am currently really enjoying them all.

If you’ve read any of these, or have any on your radar, let me know! I hope you have a great rest of your week, and I’ll try to post on Sunday with a wrap up of what I managed to finish.

Positive Vibes & Happy Reading!

March 2023 Reading Wrap Up

Hello, hello and goodbye March! Wowza, that month went fast. I don’t know what happened, but ever since the start of the pandemic time moves differently. It feels like someone triggered some sci-fi Time Machine. Is this the Matrix? LOL

Well March was a great month of reading, with lots of amazing buddy reads. I finished off the month with 23 books, squeaking my last one in just a couple hours before midnight. I read an almost even mix of ebook, physical book and audiobook, which rarely happens. Many of these reads were 5 or 4 star reads, which amazes me! I truly got lucky with how many fantastic books I read last month.

I don’t really have a favorite, but some of the 5 stars reads that are still bouncing around my brain are How To Sell A Haunted House by Grady Hendrix, Sing Our Bones Eternal by Kacey Raeburn, Piñata by Leopoldo Gout and Slewfoot by Brom.

My lineup for April looks like it’s going to be another amazing month, and I’m hoping to exceed my books read in March as I’m behind on ARCs.

Did you have a favorite read of March? Or have you also read one of the books I completed in March? Let me know! I’m off to go make some progress on an ARC, but I hope you have an amazing first day of April! 💜

Positive Vibes & Happy Reading!

ARC Review – Ascension by Nichols Binge

Happy Thursday!! It’s a dreary, rainy day and I absolutely wish I was reading instead of working. This kind of weather is my absolute favorite for reading days. Alas, adulting is a must so I can buy more books.

I am super excited to share my review of Ascension by Nicholas Binge. I finished it last weekend and absolutely loved it! It is definitely a book that I will continue to think about for years to come. A lot like Dark Matter by Blake Crouch.

Genre: Speculative Thriller / Science Fiction

Release Date: April 25, 2023


A mind-bending speculative thriller in which the sudden appearance of a mountain in the middle of the Pacific Ocean leads a group of scientists to a series of jaw-dropping revelations that challenge the notion of what it means to be human

An enormous snow-covered mountain has appeared in the Pacific Ocean. No one knows when exactly it showed up, precisely how big it might be, or how to explain its existence. When Harold Tunmore is contacted by a shadowy organization to help investigate, he has no idea what he is getting into as he and his team set out for the mountain.

The higher Harold’s team ascends, the less things make sense. Time moves differently, turning minutes into hours, and hours into days. Amid the whipping cold of higher elevation, the climbers’ limbs numb and memories of their lives before the mountain begin to fade. Paranoia quickly turns to violence among the crew, and slithering, ancient creatures pursue them in the snow. Still, as the dangers increase, the mystery of the mountain compels them to its peak, where they are certain they will find their answers. Have they stumbled upon the greatest scientific discovery known to man or the seeds of their own demise?

Framed by the discovery of Harold Tunmore’s unsent letters to his family and the chilling and provocative story they tell, Ascension considers the limitations of science and faith and examines both the beautiful and the unsettling sides of human nature.

My Review: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Ascension is a tale of one man’s journey on a scientific expedition to a mountain that has mysteriously appeared in the middle of an ocean. Sent with a team of fellow renowned scientists in their own specialized fields, provided with the bare minimum of details, they are tasked to find out what the previous team discovered that led to the deaths of all but two, and the madness of one.

This story is told in letters to the main characters niece, and has a touch of an unreliable narrator as we feel as if we’re descending into madness as the story progresses. I absolutely loved the science portion of the plot, specifically the use of the Tesseract. The plot was quick paced, full of action, and an unputdownable read! A lot like Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, I find myself unable to stop thinking about this story even days after finishing.

Thank you to all who read this review. Hopefully I’ve intrigued a few to grab this for a read once it releases. Hope you have a fantastic day!

Positive Vibes & Happy Reading!!

What Are You Reading Wednesday!

Hi friends, Happy Wednesday! Can’t believe we’re halfway through another week, when I feel like I barely finished the last one. I don’t know what it is with the concept of time the last year or so, but it feels like everything goes at a fast forward pace. Maybe it’s aliens?!

Something I want to start doing is a themed post on Wednesdays, so here we go!

What Are You Reading Wednesday?!?!

Here’s what I’m currently reading, including my current progress and thoughts so far (spoiler free of course)!

Ok, so The Troop by Nick Cutter is a horror novel. It’s set on a remote island just off shore of a small coastal town. There is a troop of boy scouts who are having their yearly survival trip, and a strange man shows up. This man looks like he hasn’t eaten in years, and seems to be ill but with what, Scoutmaster Tim isn’t so sure. And then military ships show up, but no one comes ashore.

I am about 50% through The Troop and really enjoying it so far! It’s had some gross parts, some slow burn terror, and has a great cast of incredibly well written characters. I’m buddy reading this with my friend Chaz (@chazreadshorror on Instagram or TikTok if you’re there- give him a follow!). We’re having a blast with this buddy read, which is the first of many we have planned!

My next read is Ascension by Nicholas Binge, it is a Sci-fi novel and this copy is an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) as the book releases April 25, 2023. I got this ARC from my local bookstore in town, Another Chapter Books. I’m about 50 pages in, and so far I am very intrigued. I decided to go into this one with minimal knowledge for the best reading experience. All I can tell you is it’s a story about this physicist who disappeared during a scientific research trip, and was later found in a psychiatric hospital after the family presumed him dead years prior. The story follows the letters he wrote to his niece on this research project, about the discovery of this mountain that randomly appears in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. I’ll share more about it once I’ve finished.

Book #3 of my current reads is Her Soul to Take by Harley Laroux, which is a dark romantic horror novel. This is a reread for me, but it’s one of my favorites! It’s super spicy, has a dark ancient cult who worships “The God Below”, and ancient eldritch creatures who hunt the night. This is another buddy read with my friends Chaz, Shannon, Diana, Gigi, Cristy, Kelly, and Noels! Basically Chaz and the #SlasherQueens from instagram haha. We’re having a blast reading this spicy, scary book. I love getting to share in everyone’s reactions as they get to some of my favorite parts of the book.

And for the final book I am currently reading, drum roll please…. (Parrruummm). The Nemesis Touch by F.R. Jameson. This is a Supernatural Police Thriller, where the serial killer they are hunting kills with just a touch, which essentially “marks” the victim to die a very gruesome and horrible death. I’m about 20% into this one, and so far it’s a fun read. It has a bit of a feel of a modern Sherlock Holmes type mystery, with a paranormal twist. A big thank you to author F.R. Jameson for reaching out to offer an arc in exchange for an honest review! I’m so excited to share my final thoughts once I finish.

Well, that’s it for my current reads, stay tuned for reviews to come! What are you currently reading? I’d love to know, in case I need to add it to my never ending TBR! Hope you all have a great rest of your week.

Positive Vibes & Happy Reading!!

March TBR

Hello friends! Long time no post, again. I’ve been horrible at keeping up on here but I’m actually back for good this time!! I will be sharing reviews for upcoming releases, my buddy reads, maybe some pics of my furbabies, crochet projects and of course any current reads. All the good things!

I’ve been absent due to managing a street team, being a member of other street teams, and growing my instagram and TikTok audience. That took a lot, but I’m finally in a spot where I can add back in my posting here. I missed sharing my bookish ramblings with you all. 💜

So, I actually have a TBR for March, it’s mostly my physical reads for all my buddy reads and a few books I want to get to. And you get a picture of my face 😛

I know what you’re thinking… “But Lauren, that’s only eight books!?”. Have no fear, these aren’t the only books I plan to read this month. I have a whole list of eARCs too! Here’s the lineup for those.

So that’s the definitive lineup for March, but there will be other books added in as we go. I have a couple in progress as we speak. I’ve been averaging between 20-30 books a month, so we shall see what March brings. Can’t wait to share reviews and such. Are there any that you’ve read, or are also looking forward to reading?

Positive Vibes & Happy Reading!!

I’m still reading & November Wrap Up!!

Hiiii friends! So, it’s been a few (ok, more than a few) months since I last posted on here. Life got crazy, I lost motivation, and just needed the mental break. Since then, I have started a new position at work and have settled in nicely. I enjoyed a fun summer, with time at the lake house with family, a lot of local craft brewery visits, and lots of walkies with my old pup Baxter.

I had a low volume of books read during the summer months, but have been crushing it since September. I’ve already met and exceeded my yearly Goodreads goal of 160 books, and am at 184 books as of right now.

Here’s my November Wrap Up. I finished 22 books, all a mix of ebook/audiobook/physical reads. I absolutely loved many of them, but my absolute favorite was Old Country by Matt & Harrison Query (2022 horror release), and The Unbound Witch by Miranda Lyn (a 2023 release- date TBD). Some of my other top reads were Forbidden by Addison Arrowdell, Leech by Hiron Ennes, and Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Buccalia.

Have you read any of these books? Did you love any of them?

December reading plans…..

I have a lot of “hopefuls” for December, some buddy reads, and some 2023 ARCs to read and review before release. I’m going to do my best to stay on top of posting my reviews, but I also have plans to do “Fantasy Friday” and “Sunday Scaries” feature posts. I’ve been doing them in the Facebook book group, Stay Bookish, that I admin and it’s been positively received. That sold me on sharing them here as well!

December Group Reads

  • Babel by R.F. Kuang
  • The Christmas Killer by Alex Pine
  • Ledge by Stacey McEwan
  • The Watchers by A.M. Shine
  • The Twenty by Sam Holland (also a 2023 ARC)

January 2023 ARCs

  • Locust Lane by Stephen Amidon
  • What Lies in the Woods by Kate Alice Marshall
  • Briardark by S.A. Harian
  • City of Nightmares by Rebecca Schaefer
  • Waking Fire by Jean Louise

December Hopefuls (TBR-ish)

  • One Dark Window by Rachel Gillig
  • House of Hunger by Alexis Henderson
  • Her Majesty’s Royal Coven by Juno Dawson
  • The Kiss Curse by Erin Sterling
  • Witchful Thinking by Celestine Martin
  • Taken by Addison Arrowdell
  • Twinkle Twinkle Little Bar by Isabella May
  • Kingston by Leila James
  • The Company of Fiends by Kathyrn Moon

Let me know if there is anything on my list for December that’s also on yours, or something you’ve already read! As always, I’m setting the bar really high for myself but am optimistic to get through most of these. I’m looking forward to the final month of 2022, some amazing reads, and the holidays with family.

Positive Vibes & Happy Reading!!

Blog Tour – The Fae Keeper

#yafantasy #lgbtq #pridemonth #yaqueerfantasy #blogtour #thefaekeeper

Hello friends, welcome back to my third book tour of the Summer! (Number two is late, and will be posted soon!! Sorry!!) Also, Happy Pride month!!! I am so excited to feature The Fae Keeper by H.E. Edgmon this month. This is the sequel to The Witch King, a very fun and unique YA Fae fantasy story with amazing trans and other lgbtq rep, and an adventure that will keep you turning pages.


By H.E. Edgmon

On Sale: May 31, 2022



9781335425911; 1335425918

$18.99 USD $23.99 CAN

432 pages

About the Book

In the heart-stopping sequel to The Witch King, Wyatt and Emyr attempt to rebuild Asalin despite unexpected new enemies within their kingdom.

Two weeks after the door to Faery closed once more, Asalin is still in turmoil. Emyr and Wyatt are hunting Derek and Clarke themselves after having abolished the corrupt Guard, and are trying to convince the other kingdoms to follow their lead. But when they uncover the hidden truth about the witches’ real place in fae society, it becomes clear the problems run much deeper than anyone knew. And this may be more than the two of them can fix.

As Wyatt struggles to learn control of his magic and balance his own needs with the needs of a kingdom, he must finally decide on the future he wants—before he loses the future he and Emyr are building…

About the Author

H.E. EDGMON (he/they) is a questionable influence, a dog person, and an author of books both irreverent and radicalizing. Born and raised in the rural south, he currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with his eccentric little family. His stories imagine Indigenous worlds and center queer kids saving each other. H.E. has never once gotten enough sleep and probably isn’t going to anytime soon. THE WITCH KING was his debut.

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So, without further ado here is an excerpt from The Fae Keeper…

Excerpted from THE FAE KEEPER by H.E. Edgmon, © 2022 by H.E. Edgmon, used with permission from Inkyard Press/HarperCollins.

Two weeks after my boyfriend dies in my arms, we go to the woods in the middle of the night to close a portal to another world. 

Emyr—my boyfriend, now less dead and more of a king— brushes his knuckles against the back of my hand as we weave through honey locusts, moonlight making puppets of our shadows. He doesn’t say anything, but there’s no need to. 

Briar and Jin, walking side by side a few feet ahead, fill the silence for us, their yellow and purple energies batting back and forth at each other as they do. 

“So, we’ll do this one, and then—” 

“Right, these three, yeah. Are we sure about—” 

“I don’t know. Maybe we should go back to—” 

“I was just thinking that, yeah, and I was also thinking—” 

Their conversation is both about me and not, and I only manage to half follow it. They’re still knocking out the logistics of what we’re about to do, making last-minute decisions on the sigils they’re going to use to close the door to Faery.

“What if it doesn’t work?” Briar asks, and she’s still talking to Jin, but her eyes meet mine when I look her way. I can only face her dark, tender stare without an answer.

Because I don’t have one.

This isn’t the first time we’ve tried closing the door. Briar, Emyr, and I have been out here a few times on our own. But Briar and I can barely come up with an ounce of magic between us, and Emyr is a fae Healer. None of us is exactly perfect for the job.

“It will work,” Tessa snaps, pushing past Emyr and me to force her way to the front of the group. “So, that’s a pointless question.”

My charming sister. We brought her into this endeavor the same time we told Jin, once we realized we were never going to fix the problem on our own. Tonight’s the first night we’ll try all together.

And it has to be tonight.

In the morning, Briar leaves Asalin, the fae kingdom hidden in upstate New York, for her home in Texas. She and her mother, Nadua, are going to start tracking down their family’s changeling contacts, gathering more information on the secret network of their people around the world. Changelings keep their true nature hidden, pretending to be human to avoid fae eyes, not wanting to face the same mistreatment the witches do.

But Emyr is king now, and he wants something better. With Briar and Nadua on his side, maybe we can make allies out of these creatures we didn’t even know existed. 

Which would be fucking great, because allies are something we’re desperately in need of. Briar might be leaving Asalin tomorrow, but so are the rest of us. Emyr, Tessa, Jin, and I are heading to North Carolina, to follow up on a lead on the whereabouts of Derek and Clarke Pierce.

The sibling duo who killed Emyr. Who then escaped from Asalin and went on the run.

Under normal circumstances, hunting down his own assassins would not be the king’s job. But since one of Emyr’s first royal decrees was to finally shut down the Guard—the corrupt fae police force, previously led by Derek—in a move that wildly pissed off most of his kingdom, and the people he trusts not to murder him (again) are basically limited to the five of us in the woods right now…

Well, we don’t have a lot of options.

“Yeah, it’s gonna be fine.” I am trying to get better at sounding all confident and positive about things, even when the hamster in my head is screaming and its wheel is on fire. I’ve learned recently that being intentionally shitty about everything is not a personality, actually, or at least not one that’s fun to be around.

When Emyr’s knuckles graze mine again, I lace our fingers together. He squeezes, his gold energy wrapping like a cuff around my wrist, his claws digging into the fragile skin on the back of my hand. I don’t pull away, even when it starts to hurt a little.

We’re greeted in front of the door by Boom. The hellhound sits twenty feet away from the opening, red eyes sharp and keen as he keeps watch, black hackles raised along his back. He hates this place. 

Which really makes me feel good, you know, about what the hell is over there.

I reach over with my free hand to scratch the top of Boom’s head, nails scraping the base of his ears. “You can go home, bud. You don’t have to be here for this.”

He huffs, tilting his neck back to nip gently at my fingers, and then returns to his superimportant task of glaring at the door.

Though I’d really rather not, I turn to look in the same direction.

If you don’t know what you’re looking at, the door to Faery isn’t much of a door. It isn’t much of anything at all except a feeling—a wrongness. Two elm trees, ancient but long dead and blackened, have grown twisted together in the middle of the woods, their branches tangling into ugly knots to form an unnatural archway.

Before, when I looked at the door, I would see nothing. Not beyond it, to Asalin’s forest on the other side of the trees. Not through it, to the world of Faery inside. Just…nothing. It was as if my eyes couldn’t, or wouldn’t, focus on it. It was the same for all witches, while Emyr, like the rest of the fae, could see through it to whatever desolate wasteland was on the other side. But there was nothing for me here except the heavy feeling of something forbidden.

Now it’s the same, but it isn’t. I still don’t see Faery, not really, I don’t think. But I see…flashes. Sometimes, there is that strange, elusive, almost staticky nothing that sets my teeth on edge. And sometimes, for the briefest moments, there is something else. Something just as difficult for my brain to process, something so abhorrent that my eyes simply refuse to register it’s there until it’s gone again.

I want this fucking door dead bolted. Immediately.

“Alright. Let’s get to it, then.” Tessa claps her hands together and turns to look at Jin, raising her eyebrows. “You bring the thing?”

“Oh, right, yeah.” Jin digs a hand into their oversize mesh cargo pants, pulling out a small metal box, passing it over into Tessa’s waiting hand.

Tessa turns back around, and her soft lilac energy jumps to life, slicking from her fingertips and up her arms. She lifts the box to the base of one of the branches, and, with a deep breath, shoves it into the bark. The black elm allows her to do it, the tree opening itself up to her magic to accommodate the strange little device, making space for it to nest perfectly in the wood as if it’d grown there.

As soon as she does, the doorway begins to flicker. Once, quickly, and then a few more times in rapid succession, and then, a soft blue light fills the archway and doesn’t dim again.

This is why we needed these two.

Jin’s pet project for a while has been taking human technology and finding ways to integrate it with witch magic. They’ve invented cell phones that allow them to send spells through cyberspace, and laptops that let them share magically binding documents in the cloud. And this? This is a security system, ripped off from human designs, programmed with witch magic, that we’re about to install with sigils for a passcode.

Yes, we are, in fact, going to close the five-hundred-year-old door to the magical fairy-tale planet with a dressed-up ADT alarm. Because of course we are.

We need Tessa to make sure Jin’s spellwork is able to weave itself into the forest properly. As an Influencer, Tessa can shape the world around her.

It’s also nice to have a fae on hand who isn’t about to lose her shit at the sight of the tech magic.

Jin and Emyr worked on these projects together. He helped them with their design, their shared visions.

And then Clarke and Derek used Jin’s cell phone to send the magic that killed him. Now, even watching this display unfold in front of us, I can feel the way Emyr tenses at my side, the way his hand tightens around mine even more.

I wince when his claws prick blood, and he jerks away. I snatch his hand back with an absolutely not scoff. He doesn’t squeeze this time.

“Okay, it’s all yours.” Tessa waves her arm out, ushering Jin and Briar forward. “Make it quick.”

I know I should be helping them with the sigils. I’m supposed to be learning this shit, too. It’s important, and I’m already seventeen years behind, and if there were a witchcraft final exam, I would fail it. Big fail it.

But I don’t let go of Emyr’s hand to join them. I just stroke my thumb against his, watching the way his energy tightens like armor around his chest and hoping my touch makes him feel anchored to his body, because I love him, and I need to do this right now. And I let our friends close the door, and I don’t worry about not doing my part, because I know they love me anyway, and they need to do that right now. 

Minutes later, the blue light in the archway flickers again and then disappears.

“Okay…um. Okay, it’s done.” Briar’s words are soft, and she takes a few steps back, tilting her head to consider the elm trees.

“Are we sure?” Tessa demands.

“Positive.” Briar nods. She looks over her shoulder at me, offering a lopsided half grin, flashing one little dimple when she does. “It’s over. We did it.”

Next to me, Emyr exhales. Boom rolls onto his back in the dirt.

“It’s just a shame we couldn’t even take a peek inside.” Jin’s voice is a taut whisper, each word seemingly pried from their throat. Their eyes flit across the twisted tree branches covering the now-closed doorway, and I notice the way their hand gives the smallest of twitches at their side. “Not even a look.”

“If my father’s account of Faery is to be believed, we don’t ever want to go through this door.” Emyr sounds exhausted at the mention of Leonidas, his father, who lied about what was behind this door for decades. My black energy winds up and curls around his throat, stroking through the curls at the nape of his neck. “Besides, we have more important matters to deal with right now.”

“Whaaaat? C’mon.” I huff sarcastically, reaching down to pat at his backside. “Personally, I don’t think we have enough going on. What if we got another dog?”

I pretend not to see the scowl Emyr slides me. But Boom’s ears perk up with interest.

“I don’t give a shit what’s over there,” Tessa snaps, balancing her hands on her hips, still eyeing the doorway with contempt. “I’m more concerned about what might’ve already come through.”

Right. That part.

We definitely don’t have time to deal with that part.

Here’s hoping it doesn’t come back to bite us in the ass.

I am incredibly excited to start this, which will be as soon as I get dinner started! Burrito bowls tonight, so a good book is definitely needed while I let my mind devour a book! I hope you take a chance and read this series, especially if you’re looking for a fun fantasy read for Pride Month. Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll see you soon for the next fun book tour of the Summer.

Stay Positive & Happy Reading!

Blog Tour- On a Quiet Street

Hello friends and Happy Tuesday! I am back in full swing with a bunch of fun Summer blog tours. I’ll be bringing a nice mix of Thriller, RomCom and YA Fantasy. Kicking off my tours and first up to bat is On a Quiet Street by Seraphina Nova Glass, which is a domestic thriller and quite the wild ride.


Author: Seraphina Nova Glass ISBN: 9781525899751
Publication Date: May 17, 2022 Publisher: Graydon House Books

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Author Bio:
Seraphina Nova Glass is a professor and playwright-in-residence at the University of Texas, Arlington, where she teaches film studies and playwriting. She holds an MFA in playwriting from Smith College, and she’s also a screenwriter and award-winning playwright. Seraphina has traveled the world using theatre and film as a teaching tool, living in South Africa, Guam and Kenya as a volunteer teacher, AIDS relief worker, and documentary filmmaker.

Book Summary:
A simple arrangement. A web of deceit with shocking consequences.
Welcome to Brighton Hills: an exclusive, gated community set against the stunning backdrop of the Oregon coast. Home to doctors, lawyers, judges–all the most upstanding members of society. Nothing ever goes wrong here. Right?
Cora’s husband, Finn, is a cheater. She knows it; she just needs to prove it. She’s tired of being the nagging, suspicious wife who analyzes her husband’s every move. She needs to catch him in the act. And what better way to do that than to set him up for a fall?
Paige has nothing to lose. After she lost her only child in a hit-and-run last year, her life fell apart: her marriage has imploded, she finds herself screaming at baristas and mail carriers, and she’s so convinced Caleb’s death wasn’t an accident that she’s secretly spying on all everyone

in Brighton Hills so she can find the murderer. So it’s easy for her to entrap Finn and prove what kind of man he really is.
But Paige and Cora are about to discover far more than a cheating husband. What starts as a little agreement between friends sets into motion a series of events neither of them could have ever predicted, and that exposes the deep fault lines in Brighton Hills. Especially concerning their mysterious new neighbor, Georgia, a beautiful recluse who has deep, dark secrets of her own…

My Review-

It isn’t often that a thriller keeps me guessing until the very end, but this one really threw some twists that had me reeling. We follow a couple of the women living in this gated community, each with their own secrets but somehow drawn together.

The characters were really well written, some I loved and some were very easy to like. Th plot moves right along and the pacing/writing was excellent. A true story of revenge and justice, and one I look forward to revisiting in the future.

Thank you for checking out my stop on the blog tour for On a Quiet Street, I hope I’ve convinced you to snag a copy or borrow from the library! If you have a thriller recommendation let me know in the comments, I’m always looking for new ones to read.

Positive Vibes & Happy Reading!