GRIP REMIX Tour Reviews: Flow and Grip by Kennedy Ryan

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Resisting an irresistible force wears you down and turns you out. I know. I’ve been doing it for years.

I may not have a musical gift of my own, but I’ve got a nose for talent and an eye for the extraordinary. And Marlon James – Grip to his fans – is nothing short of extraordinary.

Years ago, we strung together a few magical nights, but I keep those memories in a locked drawer and I’ve thrown away the key. All that’s left is friendship and work.

He’s on the verge of unimaginable fame, all his dreams poised to come true. I manage his career, but I can’t seem to manage my heart.

It’s wild, reckless, disobedient. And it remembers all the things I want to forget.

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MY REVIEWS

Before I start my review, I must thank Ari @ The New Romantics for encouraging me to read the Grip series. It was her encouragement and love of the series that lead me to sign up for this blog tour. Ari knew I would love Grip, and she was totally right. Okay, now for my reviews…

Please Note: I received Flow and Grip from Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an unbiased review.

FLOW (Grip, #0.5)

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Kennedy Ryan is a phenomenal writer. I’ve never read a novella packed with such depth and emotion as FlowFlow didn’t just feel like an introduction to the characters love story. It felt like a window into Grip and Bristol’s souls. It was really beautiful, and I loved every minute of it.

I do have to warn readers that there is a MAJOR cliffhanger at the end of Flow. It changes everything and would be a killer to be left with if Grip wasn’t yet written. Luckily for us, it has been written and released. Thank goodness because I had to start Grip the moment I finished Flow.

GRIP (Grip, #1)

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

If I thought Flow was full of depth and emotion, I had NO IDEA what I was getting into with Grip. Grip was a masterpiece. It was Grip and Bristol’s amazing love story, but it was so much more than that. It was a commentary on today’s social and political atmosphere. It beautifully encompassed so many important issues like racial profiling, interracial relationships, family and forgiveness. It taught me so much while making me feel so much. I can’t begin to explain how much Grip touched me personally.

Grip is not just one of the best romance novels I’ve read in 2017, but one of the best books I’ve ever read. I cannot give it enough praise. I absolutely loved it, and think everyone should read it. I now understand why so many readers are impatiently waiting for its sequel, Still.

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Excerpt

“Neither of us has been in a serious relationship in years.”

“That doesn’t mean anything.” I stand and slide my feet into the Jimmy Choos. “You haven’t exactly been waiting around, have you?”

“Damn right I haven’t been waiting around.” He doesn’t get up, but his firm hold on my wrist stops me from walking away. “I’m not Rhyson.”

I look down at him, frowning my confusion.

“What do you mean?”

“Remember when Kai put Rhyson in the friend zone?”
Of course I do. For a long time, my sister-in-law Kai denied the attraction between her and Rhyson.

“Yeah, so?”

“When Kai wasn’t checking for Rhys, I assumed he had to be sleeping with other girls.” Grip shrugs. “I mean, he and Kai were just friends. But, nope. He said he only wanted Kai and didn’t sleep with anyone else.”

“Then you’re right.” I tug at my wrist, but he holds on tight. “You’re definitely not Rhyson.”

“It was months, Bristol. She shut him out for months. Not years.”

“I’m not shutting you out.” I release a tired breath. “I’m living my life, and you’re living yours.”

“Right.” He nods and turns his mouth down at the corners. “So, if you won’t be with me, then I’ll fuck whoever the hell I want. If you have a problem with that, you know what to do about it.”

For a moment, our eyes tangle in the dimness. His words sink into my flesh like briars. Every word out of his mouth only proves that I’m right to get out of here. That I’m right not to give in. If I ever gave him a chance and he fucked around on me . . . I’ve seen what that looks like. It looks like a woman as strong as my mother reduced to pathetic, teary drunkenness.

“It’s none of my business.” I shift my eyes away from him and to the glittering city skyline just beyond the rooftop.

“It’s none of your business until you say it is.”

I force myself to look back.

“Don’t hold your breath, Grip.” I say my next words with deliberation. “I mean, it’s not like I’m sitting around saving it, either.”

He pulls me forward, and I press my hand to the hardness of his chest so I don’t fall into him. My knee supports me, pressed against his on the couch.

“Are you poking me?” One strong hand wraps around the back of my thigh, anger marking his expression. “Do you want to know if it bothers me when you fuck other guys?”

I just stare at him unblinkingly. He presses my leg, urging me forward until I’m fully on the couch, fully on him, one knee on either side of his legs, facing him. Straddling him.

“It makes me want to set the world on fire.” His words come softly, but the truth roars in his eyes. “To think of you with them.”

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About the Author:

Kennedy Ryan is a Southern girl gone Southern California. A Top 100 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy writes romance about remarkable women who find a way to thrive even in tough times, the love they find, and the men who cherish them.

She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine, Kennedy’s writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Georgia families living with Autism, Kennedy has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other outlets as a voice for families living with autism.

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Review: See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

See What I Have Done
Author: Sarah Schmidt
Publication Date: August 1, 2017
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
Genre: Historical Fiction, True Crime

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Haunting, gripping and gorgeously written, SEE WHAT I HAVE DONE by Sarah Schmidt is a re-imagining of the unsolved American true crime case of the Lizzie Borden murders, for fans of BURIAL RITES and MAKING A MURDERER.

When her father and step-mother are found brutally murdered on a summer morning in 1892, Lizzie Borden – thirty-two years old and still living at home – immediately becomes a suspect. But after a notorious trial, she is found innocent, and no one is ever convicted of the crime.

Meanwhile, others in the claustrophobic Borden household have their own motives and their own stories to tell: Lizzie’s unmarried older sister, a put-upon Irish housemaid, and a boy hired by Lizzie’s uncle to take care of a problem.

This unforgettable début makes you question the truth behind one of the great unsolved mysteries, as well as exploring power, violence and the harsh realities of being a woman in late nineteenth century America.


Lizzie Borden was a name I had heard before, but her story wasn’t one I was familiar with. When my friend picked See What I Have Done as our next book club pick, I wasn’t sure what to think. Was this book going to be gory? Was it going to be thriller suspenseful? I didn’t know how to prepare myself for it. Luckily, for my sake, See What I Have Done wasn’t a gory or stressful read.

If you’re unfamiliar with Lizzie Borden like I was, I’ll give you a little history. Lizzie was an adult woman who lived at home with her father, step-mother, older sister and maid, Bridget. While her sister, Emma, was spending time out-of-town at a friend’s, their parents were murdered. The weapon was an ax. Lizzie and the maid were both home at the time of the murders. Lizzie was tried and acquitted of the crime, but many still suspect that she was the murderer. (I had to look all of this up after reading the book to find out what was fact and what was fiction.)

See What I Have Done tells the story of the murder of Andrew and Abby Borden through the eyes of four narrators: Lizzie, Emma, Bridget and Benjamin. The story mostly takes place over the day before the murder and the day of. The events of those days are set up by each character. Together, their point of views craft a look at what might have happened and who might have been the killer.

If this was a true account of the crime, I could understand why Lizzie was charged with murder. Lizzie was a little off and I wasn’t quite sure what to think of her. Listening to her thoughts made her seem like the most likely murderer. I completely understood why Emma felt the way she did about Lizzie. Lizzie was pretty horrid to her. That made me question some of Emma’s later devotion to Lizzie, though. I understood their relationship, but it was really weird.

Another thing that was really weird were the parents. Andrew Borden was made out to be a horrible man. Abby wasn’t made out to be much better. The dynamic in the household between the parents and the daughters was odd. The fact that Lizzie and Emma were grown women made it even weirder. I kept wondering if this is really how people saw the Bordens in real life?

The character I felt most sorry for was Bridget. I’m surprised she wasn’t the killer. (Maybe she was???) The Bordens were horrible to her. She waited on them hand and foot, and they took complete advantage of her. I liked her thoughts on the murder and the suspects. I have to admit that I was happy the murder let her escape the horrible household.

As for Benjamin, I wasn’t sure what to think of the addition of his character. He’s not in any of the official accounts of the murder. I guess he was a “What if?” situation to show what might have happened if someone other than Lizzie was possibly involved.

As you can probably guess, this book had me a little confused! In real life, the case was never solved. In See What I Have Done, there is only speculation. I wish I could find out the truth! Too bad the people who could answer the tough questions are long gone.

Overall, See What I Have Done was a fun read. It took an unsolved crime and gave it new life. I liked the author’s writing and the way she brought the characters to life. I was impressed that this is her début novel. It’s a book a would recommend to those who like true crime or historical fiction. It had me looking up the history behind the story the moment I finished reading it.

WWW Wednesday: September 13, 2017

Welcome to WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. The purpose is to share what I’ve reading lately. The three W’s stand for:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Recently Read


This week has been fun. First, I read See What I Have Done. It’s a historical fiction novel based on Lizzie Borden. Then, I read the beginning of the Grip series in anticipation of the upcoming release of Still. Those books wrecked me!!! Finally, I read an ARC of Legs.


Currently ReadIng

Gasp! I’m not reading anything at the moment! I’m in between books right now.


Reading Next

I’m still trying to work my way down my ARCs, so I’m not sure which I’ll pick up next. It’s crazy, right? Me not having a book I’m reading and no plan of what’s next. I’m a little freaked out by it!!!


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Release Blitz Review: 32: Refuse to Lose by Mignon Mykel

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Title: Refuse To Lose
Author: Mignon Mykel
Release Date: September 13, 2017
Cover Design: oh so novel

Trevor Winski is known for his easy attitude off-ice. Everyone’s best friend, he’s pseudo-uncle to his teammates’ kids and welcome at every family party. For whatever reason, though, he can’t keep a girlfriend to save his life. The women he’s dated in the past want the rough-on-ice hockey player, both in and out of bed, but he was raised better than that. He’s ready to give up on the idea of a family of his own—until a certain pretty blonde crosses paths with him.

Callie MacTavish is the black sheep of her family. After growing up around money, living in luxurious homes and spending much of her youth going on extravagant vacations, she’s chosen to live among the ‘regular’ population, donating money she doesn’t need and volunteering for missions that need an extra set of hands. A pediatric nurse, she thrives on helping others—but she still has the travel bug. Meeting a man nearly ten years her senior isn’t in her plans.

But he makes her laugh.
He makes her feel like she belongs somewhere.
Trevor makes her want forever and ever, with firm roots in the ground. Too bad she’s already put plans in motion to move again.
For the first time, Trevor is prepared to take his fight off the ice.
After all, he’s always refused to lose.
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Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Note: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.

After meeting Trevor Winski in 27: Dropping the Gloves, I couldn’t wait to read his book. I wanted to know more about him and the woman who would steal his heart. He was so fierce and protective of his friends. I could only imagine how that would translate to his significant other. I was happy to see that streak continue in 32: Refuse to Lose.

Trevor wasn’t a typical young sports star. Being the life of the party and hooking up with women wasn’t his thing. He was in his 30’s and ready to settle down. Trevor just needed to find the right woman to do that with. Luckily, he met Callie.

Callie was ten years younger than Trevor, but she was very mature. She knew what she wanted out of life, and wasn’t going to let anyone stop her from achieving her goals and dreams. Meeting Trevor threw a wrench in Callie’s plans. She never thought she would meet “the one” at 22.

I really enjoyed reading 32: Refuse to Lose. My favorite thing about it was the lack of drama in it. Not that it didn’t have drama, it did. It just wasn’t crazy drama. Trevor and Callie’s romance had an honest and real feel to it. I could imagine any of my friends in their places. Their story was so cute and easy to relate to. I especially loved the epilogues. 32: Refuse to Lose is a sports romance I can see readers falling for.

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Mignon Mykel is the author of the Prescott Family series, as well as the short-novella erotic romance series, O’Gallagher Nights. When not sitting at Starbucks writing whatever her characters tell her to, you can find her hiking in the mountains of her new home in Arizona.


Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Loved As a Teenager

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Throwback Freebie! I decided to go with Ten Books I Loved As a TeenagerI refuse to admit how long ago this was, but you can probably guess from the book choices. You’ll probably notice I was really into YA horror back in the day. I’ve come a far way from that.


1. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

 

I don’t remember much about this book now, but I remember I read the entire series. I loved it. I can’t wait to reread it and see the new movie.


2. Remember Me by Christopher Pike

 

This was my favorite book back in the day. I loved it so much. Heck, I loved all of Christopher Pike’s books.


3. The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney

 

If you grew up in the decades I did, you remember the faces on the milk carton. I think we were all a little bit fascinated with them. This book took it to a new level.


4. Say Goodnight, Gracie by Julie Reece Deaver

My first tear jerker, I believe. I adored this book so much.


5. Double Love by Francine Pascal

My older twin neighbors gifted me a bunch of Sweet Valley High books growing up. I was too young to read them at the time, but luckily my mom held onto them for me until I could graduate from Sweet Valley Twins to High.


6. The New Girl by R.L. Stine

After falling in love with Pike, I found Stine.


7. The Awakening by L.J. Smith

Stine lead to Smith. I can say that I read this series WAY BEFORE it became a major TV show hit.


8. Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews

Obviously, I read this one in my late teenage years.


9. I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan

All those Pike, Stine and Smith books lead me to discover this gem. Another book I read before it became a major motion picture with some famous stars. Even that movie is super old now! 🙁


10. Carnal Innocence by Nora Roberts

I could have inserted any Nora Roberts book here. In my very late teens, my mom introduced me to her books. I was hooked and read pretty much all of them I could get my hands on.


Did you read any of these books as a teenager or am I just too old?

Review: Temporary by Sarina Bowen & Sarah Mayberry

Temporary
Authors: Sarina Bowen, Sarah Mayberry
Publication Date: September 12, 2017
Publisher: Rennie Road Books
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Note: I received an ARC from the authors in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

The most beautiful man I’ve ever seen is the same one who can ruin everything.

The first time I lay eyes on Callan Walker, I know he’ll be trouble. With his smug grin, hot Aussie accent and thousand dollar shoes, he’s just the kind of rich guy who always gets what he wants.

And he wants two things: a night of sin, and my cooperation as he outmaneuvers his powerful mother to take control of his uncle’s estate.

I can’t afford either one. I’m the only thing standing between my little sister and the foster care system. He may have money and charm on his side, but I have something even more powerful — pure desperation. This temp job at his mother’s company can become a full time job for me. It has to.

But when Callan’s eyes rake over my body, sometimes I forget my obligations. His piercing gaze finds the fun, optimistic girl I used to be and not the tired person I’ve become.

And it works–if only for a moment. Our night together was a mistake. I can’t afford to get sucked into his high-powered family’s treachery. But the closer I get to Callan, the more layers I find beneath those expensive clothes. Though I can’t forget this is temporary. He’s temporary. I have too much to lose.

Too bad my foolish heart didn’t get the memo…


When I see a new Sarina Bowen book coming out, I don’t even read the blurb. I just request the ARC and pray that I’ll receive one because I absolutely adore her writing. I like going in blind and experiencing her books without knowing too much about them. I was especially excited to read Temporary because I’ve never read a book by Sarah Mayberry before.

Temporary had everything I love in a contemporary romance. The writing was excellent. I wouldn’t have known it was a collaboration between two authors if it wasn’t stated on the front cover. It felt like one author writing a seamless story in dual point of view. Callan and Grace had distinctive voices that fit together well.

Another thing Temporary had going for it were the characters. Callan and Grace came from different walks of life. I loved how their different upbringings shaped them, and then brought them together. Their attraction was fun, but their love for and understanding of each other was what made their relationship shine. I also loved the side characters. Grace’s sister and best friend added so much fun to the story, while Callan’s mom and sister were the perfect enemies.

My favorite thing about Temporary, though, was the plot. It felt new and fresh. It wasn’t just another light contemporary love story. It was filled with real life issues and powerful people who needed to be dealt with. I loved how Callan and Grace worked together to stand up for what they thought was right.

Temporary was a fantastic début collaboration novel for Bowen and Mayberry. I loved reading it so much. I am excitedly waiting what’s to come from this duo of authors. Oh, and  now I need to go read Mayberry’s back list of books! I can’t believe I haven’t read her books before!

Review: Royally Endowed by Emma Chase

Royally Endowed
Series: Royally, #3
Author: Emma Chase
Narrators: Shane East, Andi Arndt
Publication Date: August 14, 2017
Publisher: Simon Schuster Audio
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Logan St. James is a smoldering, sexy beast. Sure, he can be a little broody at times—but Ellie Hammond’s willing to overlook that. Because, have you seen him??

Sexy. As. Hell.

And Ellie’s perky enough for both of them.

For years, she’s had a crush on the intense, gorgeous royal security guard—but she doesn’t think he ever saw her, not really.

To Logan, Ellie was just part of the job—a relative of the royal family he’d sworn to protect. Now, at 22 years old and fresh out of college, she’s determined to put aside her X-rated dreams of pat-downs and pillow talk, and find a real life happily ever after.

The Queen of Wessco encourages Ellie to follow in her sister’s footsteps and settle down with a prince of her own. Or a duke, a marquis…a viscount would also do nicely.

But in the pursuit of a fairy tale ending, Ellie learns that the sweetest crushes can be the hardest to let go.
***
Logan St. James grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, in a family on the wrong side of the law. But these days, he covers his tattoos and scars with a respectable suit. He’s handsome, loyal, brave, skilled with his hands and…other body parts.

Any woman would be proud to call him hers.

But there’s only one woman he wants.

For years he’s watched over her, protected her, held her hair back when she was sick, taught her how to throw a punch, and spot a liar.

He dreams of her. Would lay down his life for her.

But beautiful Ellie Hammond’s off-limits.

Everybody knows the bodyguard rules: Never lose focus, never let them out of your sight, and never, ever fall in love.


I’m very impressed with the Royally series. Each book has been better than the last, and that’s saying a lot because I adored each of them. Royally Endowed is definitely my favorite of them now. I loved every minute of it.

In Royally Endowed, we get to know Olivia’s little sister Ellie better. The book begins when she’s a senior in high school and 22 year-old Logan is tasked with providing security detail for her while Prince Nicholas and Olivia return to Wessco. The book progresses quickly through time stopping at important times in Ellie’s life. The reader gets to see Ellie and Logan’s professional relationship turn into friendship and then into more.

Royally Endowed was a slow burn romance filled with Emma Chase’s trademark humor and wit. Her writing was excellent as always. I loved how she expanded on Ellie’s character (who we met in the first book) and gave her life. Her wild, adventurous streak was the perfect match for all business Logan. His seriousness and desire to be more than his past leveled out her desire to try anything and everything. They were the perfect match — even though it took them a while to get it all figured out.

One of my favorite things about this book was getting to catch up with the characters from the previous two books. It couldn’t have been better done. They didn’t steal the show from Ellie and Logan. The new events in their life only added to Ellie and Logan’s story.

You may have noticed that I listened to the audio version of this book. That was a fun thing to do. I’ve listened to books narrated by Shane East before. I love his accent and feel that he brings characters to life perfectly. Male or female, they have their own voice and personality. I don’t think I’ve listened to anything Andi Arndt has narrated before. It took me a while to get used to her version of Logan. It didn’t sound close enough to Shane’s version for me, but I got used to it quickly.

The only things I didn’t like about this book were the title and the cover. They didn’t accurately depict the story. Logan was a fierce protector and the “endowed” in the title didn’t do that justice. Same with thing with the cover. I guess the tattoos were supposed to show his past, but it didn’t do anything for the book. Obviously, these things didn’t really have an effect on how much I liked the story.

If you’ve read the previous books in the Royally series, you’re not going to want to miss Royally Endowed. It was the perfect book to end the series — if it is ending. I, like others, hope Tommy will get a book and possibly Jane.

Review: Run Away With Me by Mila Gray

Run Away With Me
Series: Come Back to Me, #3
Author: Mila Gray
Publication Date: November 28, 2017
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult
Note: I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Emerson Lowe and popular ice-hockey player Jake McCallister have been best friends since third grade but just as their friendship starts to morph into something more, a terrible event occurs that heralds the end of innocence for both of them. Within a week, Jake’s living on the other side of the country and Emerson is left alone to pick up the pieces of her life in a small town determined to paint her as a liar.

Seven years on and Emerson is still living on the beautiful Pacific West island of Bainbridge, helping her family run their outdoor adventure company. The last thing she needs is Jake turning up, bringing with him old memories and opening up old wounds. But Jake—even better looking than Emerson remembered and on the cusp of a bright sporting future—seems determined to revive their friendship no matter how much Emerson tries to push him away and soon they’re in the midst of a passionate summer romance that neither of them wants to end.

But if they’re to have any kind of future, they’re first going to need to confront the past, a past that most people want to stay buried.


I have been a fan of Mila Gray’s Come Back to Me series since it was released. I love the physical and emotional healing that takes place in her books. The first and second books in the series were military based, so I was surprised to find that Run Away With Me was a sports romance. The writing had the same new adult angst feel, but otherwise the story felt different. The wounds of war were gone, and in their place were those of a different kind of tragedy.

In Run Away With Me, Jake has just returned to Bainbridge Island to make things right with Emerson. He couldn’t move past his childhood friendship and crush. He felt like something was missing from his life, and he needed to find out if it was Emerson. Their reunion wasn’t exactly a happy one. Emerson wasn’t exactly on board with it. She had a lot of anger deep inside that needed to be dealt with. There was a lot of healing to be done between the two of them.

Emerson and Jake had a shared history. I enjoyed the way it was unraveled. What happened to separate them in the past was a little bit of a mystery. There were some major revelations given throughout the story, and I liked that it was done through separate flashbacks. Getting to know what happened to both of them that way was really profound. Their experiences were so different and they both felt the fallout from what happened when they were fourteen. I was happy they could eventually get past the heart ache and find happiness with each other again. They both deserved to get their friendship and the possibility of more back.

One of my favorite things about Run Away With Me was the setting. The way Mila Gray described Bainbridge and the surrounding islands was beautiful. I felt like I was right there with the characters. I’ve been to Vashon, but never Bainbridge. This book made me curious to explore it since it’s not too far from backyard.

Overall, I really enjoyed this romance. It was full of deep emotions and strong bond between the characters, but also had a light summer feel to it.

WWW Wednesday: September 6, 2017

Welcome to WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. The purpose is to share what I’ve reading lately. The three W’s stand for:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Recently Read

This week I read two books. Both were set in Washington state, which I loved. Both also had female main characters named Emerson. Kind of weird.

The first was Fraternize (Player’s Game, #1) and it wasn’t my favorite. Sad, since I usually love this author’s books. I just hated the love triangle. Then I read Run Away With Me (Come Back to Me, #3). I liked this one a lot more.


Currently ReadIng

I have just started reading the true crime thriller See What I Have Done based on Lizzie Borden. I’m reading it for the book group my friends have started. I haven’t gotten too far into it yet, but I think it’s going to be a weird one!


Reading Next

I’m still trying to work my way down my ARCs, so I’m not sure which I’ll pick next.


What are you reading? Make sure to leave me your link below so I can check out your post. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Struggled to Get Into But Ended Up Loving

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Ten Books I Struggled to Get Into But Ended Up Loving. Here we go!


1. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

I absolutely loved this book, but I have to admit it took me a bit to get into. One sister’s story was more interesting than the other’s at first. It also took time for the story to really go anywhere because of the perspectives switching back and forth. It was totally worth the wait, though!

2. Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

Another WWII historical fiction book that took me a bit to get into. For this one, it was the multiple story lines that slowed down the read. It took a long time for the story to unfold because of all of them, and there wasn’t an immediate connection between all of the characters. Very good when it all came together.

3.Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

The entire first half of this book was torture for me. I hated Nick and it moved slow slowly. Thank goodness for amazing plot twists!

4. The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

I loved the very beginning of this book, but then it slows down a lot. I’m not sure if that’s because I’m not a sci-fi fan? I did love how everything ended, though.

5. Bone Dust White by Karin Salvalaggio

Bone Dust White is one of those dark, sleepy thrillers that moves so slowly it takes a while to really be sucked into it. Despite that, it’s a great read.

6. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larrson

I hate to say it, but the first ¾ of this book is so boring. Seriously boring. It’s all set up. It ends in a spectacular fashion and sets up the next book. Those two things made it worth the read.

7. The Ghosts of Heaven by Markus Sedgwick

Four stories combined to make one amazing book. None of them are particularly interesting until you combine them all at the end.

8. Dragonfly Wishes by Penny Harmon

Tales of grief are hard for me to read because they’re so depressing. Luckily, there’s a lot of growth in Dragonfly Wishes that made this book get better and better as it went along.

9. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

At first, I hated Evelyn. She made me not want to continue reading. I’m happy I stuck it out because her life became fascinating.

10. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

This is another one of those multiple narrator / takes a while for the story to build things. Big Little Lies totally lives up to the hype.