Top Ten Tuesday: Twelve of My Favorite Reads of 2020

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is:

Twelve of My Favorite Reads of 2020

These 12 are all books I read in 202o, but not limited to books released this year.

1. The Reality of Everything
Author: Rebecca Yarros

2. The Sun Down Motel
Author: Simon St. James

3. You’d Be Mine
Author: Erin Hahn

4. The Last Train to Key West
Author: Chanel Cleeton

5. Open Book
Author: Jessica Simpson

6. The Wrong Family
Author: Tarryn Fisher

7.The F List
Author: Alexandra Torre

8. Sorrow
Author: Tiffanie DeBartolo

9. Hometown Troublemaker
Author: Brighton Walsh

10. Anxious People
Author: Fredrik Backman

11. Forever Wild
Author: K.A. Tucker

12. The Ten Thousand Doors of January
Author: Alix E. Harrow

Review: The Wrong Family (Tarryn Fisher)

The Wrong Family
Author: Tarryn Fisher
Publication Date: December 29, 2020
Publisher: Graydon House
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Fiction
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

From the author of the instant New York Times bestseller The Wives comes another twisted psychological thriller guaranteed to turn your world upside down.

Have you ever been wrong about someone?

Juno was wrong about Winnie Crouch.

Before moving in with the Crouch family, Juno thought Winnie and her husband, Nigel, had the perfect marriage, the perfect son—the perfect life. Only now that she’s living in their beautiful house, she sees the cracks in the crumbling facade are too deep to ignore.

Still, she isn’t one to judge. After her grim diagnosis, the retired therapist simply wants a place to live out the rest of her days in peace. But that peace is shattered the day Juno overhears a chilling conversation between Winnie and Nigel…

She shouldn’t get involved.

She really shouldn’t.

But this could be her chance to make a few things right.

Because if you thought Juno didn’t have a secret of her own, then you were wrong about her, too.

From the wickedly dark mind of bestselling author Tarryn Fisher, The Wrong Family is a taut new thriller that’s riddled with twists in all the right places.


If you love Tarryn Fisher’s writing, you’re going to love The Wrong Family.  It’s classic Tarryn Fisher style. She immediately drew me in with her writing and her flawed characters and kept me hooked until the last page. Juno had me wanting to know all the Crouch family secrets. Heck, Winnie and rest of the Crouches made me want to know all their secrets. They were characters I disliked, but loved all the same. As a Seattle area native, I really loved the setting. The Crouch house near Green Lake gave off all the right vibes for the story. And that story! The mystery Juno was trying to solve captivated me, as did her life story. The best part was I didn’t see the climax coming until I was right in it. I should have, but I was too invested in something else. I loved how everything wrapped up. The Wrong Family was exactly what I’ve come to expect from Tarryn Fisher. 

Series Review: VIP (Kristen Callihan)

Earlier this year, I binged the Game On series. It was my first time reading Kristen Callihan’s writing and I fell quickly in love with it. I knew that I wanted to binge her VIP series. I’m so excited to have finally been able to do that and share my mini reviews of each book with you.

Idol
Series: VIP, #1
Author: Kristen Callihan
Publication Date: June 7, 2016
Publisher: Plain Jane Books
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

My thoughts:

Idol pulled me in right from the beginning. I expected no less from Kristen Callihan’s writing, but it was still a pleasant surprise since so many rock star feel the same. Idol stood out. I loved the emotional connection between Killian and Liberty. It wasn’t just all about the music, and that gave them a stronger base — especially since they also had sizzling chemistry. The whole story was fun to read and I couldn’t wait to keep reading about the Kill John guys.

 Managed
Series: VIP, #2
Author: Kristen Callihan
Publication Date: November 14, 2016
Publisher: Plain Jane Books
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

I was surprised the second book in this series was about the band manager, Scottie, and not one of the musicians from Kill John. That surprise quickly turned to happiness because Managed was EVERYTHING. I LOVED the way Sophie and Scottie’s story started out. It had me smiling so much. Things only got better from there. The proposal Scottie had for Sophie was sweet in a way and it melted my heart. I loved them together. I couldn’t get enough of this book.

Fall
Series: VIP, #2
Author: Kristen Callihan
Publication Date: October 23, 2018
Publisher: Plain Jane Books
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 

My thoughts:

Fall had a lot to live up to after reading Managed. It wasn’t quite as good in my opinion, but I still loved it. I liked getting to know Jax/John better and understanding his attitude and struggles with depression. I loved the brightness Stella helped bring to his life. She was the light to this story despite her own set of problems. John and Stella were a great couple.

Overall thoughts:

I loved the VIP series every bit as much as I loved Kristen Callihan’s Game On series. I’m so sad that there isn’t another book out yet. I am so curious about Rye and Brenna’s story! I also want to know more about Whip!

WWW Wednesday: December 23, 2020

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WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

Happy Holidays, everyone! No matter what holiday you’re celebrating this month, I hope it’s a good one.

I am in the middle of a series binge read of Reluctant Hearts. I just finished the second book, Tessa Ever After.

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

I am in the middle of Paige in Progress (Reluctant Hearts, #3).

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

My plan is to finish up the Reluctant Hearts series by Brighton Walsh with Our Love Unhinged.

Cover Reveal: The Strike Out (Meghan Quinn)

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The Strike Out by Meghan Quinn
Release Date: January 4th
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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It started with one night out with the boys.

She was the hot diner waitress putting herself through school.

I was the rich, arrogant player everyone misjudges.

On paper we didn’t match.

Yet all it took was one day. One single day to change her mind.

She wasn’t planning to spend her day off with me.

She wasn’t supposed to fall for my charm.

But one day, one smile, turned into several nights of her calling out my name.

I’m not the guy she should end up with. I’m jealous, possessive. Not here for a long time – just a good time.

She’s changed me.

But, for some reason, I feel her slipping through my fingers and no matter what I do, I fear I’m going to strike out with the one and only girl I’ve ever fallen for.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Some of My Favorite Holiday Music

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is:

Books I Hope Santa Brings

Since Christmas (for those who celebrate) is in 2 days, I’m going to change things up and do something non book related. Today, I’m sharing with you:

Some of My Favorite Holiday Music

These are songs I’ve got playing on my Spotify Playlist. Videos shared are from YouTube.

1. Come On, Ring Those Bells
Artist: Evie

This is an old school favorite from my childhood when we listened to this album on a RECORD PLAYER. *gasp*

2. River
Arist: Sarah McLachlan

I’m a big fan of Sarah McLachlan’s voice, and I love what it does to this song.

3. All I Want for Christmas Is You
Arist: Mariah Carey

How could this not make a holiday music list for anyone who grew up in the 90’s?

4. Last Christmas
Artist: Wham

Much love for this one!

5. Grown-Up Christmas List
Artist: Amy Grant

This is another one that reminds me of my childhood.

6. Hot Chocolate
Artist: Tom Hanks

I adore this one because my daughter used to make us watch the movie year round and she would dance to this song when she was like 2.

7. O Holy Night
Artist: Christina Aguilera

I have this CD from when it originally came out. I always liked this version.

8. Mary Did You Know
Artists: Pentatonix

I could have put any and all Pentatonix holiday albums on here. I especially love this version they did.

9. Winter Song
Artist: Sarah McLachlan

And we’re back to Sarah McLachlan. Love this one.

10. Silent Night
Artist: Jessica Simpson

I actually really love this entire album and her voice on it.

Review: You Have a Match (Emma Lord)

You Have a Match
Author: Emma Lord
Publication Date: January 5, 2021
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

From the beloved author of Tweet Cute comes Emma Lord’s You Have a Match, a YA novel of family, friendship, romance and sisterhood…

When Abby signs up for a DNA service, it’s mainly to give her friend and secret love interest, Leo, a nudge. After all, she knows who she is already: Avid photographer. Injury-prone tree climber. Best friend to Leo and Connie…although ever since the B.E.I. (Big Embarrassing Incident) with Leo, things have been awkward on that front.

But she didn’t know she’s a younger sister.

When the DNA service reveals Abby has a secret sister, shimmery-haired Instagram star Savannah Tully, it’s hard to believe they’re from the same planet, never mind the same parents—especially considering Savannah, queen of green smoothies, is only a year and a half older than Abby herself.

The logical course of action? Meet up at summer camp (obviously) and figure out why Abby’s parents gave Savvy up for adoption. But there are complications: Savvy is a rigid rule-follower and total narc. Leo is the camp’s co-chef, putting Abby’s growing feelings for him on blast. And her parents have a secret that threatens to unravel everything.

But part of life is showing up, leaning in, and learning to fit all your awkward pieces together. Because sometimes, the hardest things can also be the best ones.


This was a weird reading experience for me. I think it might have been my mood. When I started this book, I was really into the writing and the story. The whole finding a sister through DNA intrigued me. It kind of lost me after a while, though. Like I said, I’m not sure if I fell out of the mood of wanting this type of story or if I got bored in the middle. It picked up once everything major went down. I liked learning about Abby and Savannah’s parents and their decisions. I wouldn’t have minded hearing even more about everything that went down with in the past. That was probably what I was most interested in. It made the story end on a high note for me. I liked the lessons Abby learned.

Review: The Office Party (Whitney G.)

The Office Party
Author: Whitney G.
Publication Date: December 18, 2020
Publisher: WGW Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

I can’t believe that I pulled my boss’s name for our company’s annual Secret Santa tradition…

As the devil incarnate, this infuriating, cocky bastard never gives us the holidays off, and he honestly expects us to be grateful for his generous alternative: The Office Party.

It’s a mandatory, all-expenses trip for two weeks at a surprise luxury resort—where we still have to work twelve to fifteen hours a day.

I’m so over this…

So, I put zero percent effort into his gift. I tear the tag off whatever my sister gifts me, add a five-dollar amazon gift card, and hand it off to him.

It’s not until my sister sends me a text that I realize how terrible of a decision that was.

Georgia: Why haven’t you sent me a ‘LOL’ about the brand-new vibrator I got you? I really do hope that you use your boss’s face as a muse, like my note says. 🙂

If that’s not bad enough, this year’s “luxury trip” will be in my hometown–the place I’ve avoided for years. At the resort that my grandmother owns…

If the universe gets me out of this, I will never ‘regift’ anything ever again…


Once again, Whitney G. has graced us with an incredibly entertaining holiday romance. This novella was so sassy and fun! It made me smile and laugh on more than one occasion — which is impressive since I read this book in one sitting. I loved the evil boss vibe Garrett had going on and the way Savannah reacted to him. I loved all the texts, emails, and chats that were included along with both Garrett and Savannah’s POVs. The whole “regifting” thing was plain awkward, but it made the story move from funny to fire. These two had amazing chemistry!

The Office Party is the office/enemies to more trope Whitney G. does best. It worked well a novella, but could have been fleshed out even more to be a more in depth story. I didn’t necessarily need that for it to be a better book, I just wouldn’t have minded more time with workaholics Garrett and Savannah. I”m greedy like that. The Office Party is a fun, flirty holiday romance that’s sure to keep you warm this winter holiday season.

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Review: The Relationship Pact (Adriana Locke)

The Relationship Pact
Series: Kings of Football, #3
Author: Adriana Locke
Publication Date: December 17, 2020
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

How hard can it be?

That was the question rolling around Larissa Mason’s mind just before she asked Hollis Hudson to be her fake boyfriend.

It was only supposed to be for five minutes, after all.

Granted, that was also before she felt his hand on the small of her back as he charmed the heck out of her family.

She hadn’t heard his laugh yet either.

And it was definitely before she saw the football god shirtless. Otherwise, she would’ve had an idea of just how hard some things could be.

It turns out that pretending to be in love with a crazily handsome, somewhat enigmatic, and absolutely unforgettable tight end (that has an amazing tight end) is easy.

Reminding herself that just because opposites attract doesn’t mean they’re forever is much harder.

What they have isn’t love—it’s a relationship pact. Right?


This fake relationship romance had my hear aflutter. Hollis and Larissa had reasons for a fake relationship and avoiding real relationships, but their connection blew that to pieces. They clicked emotionally from the start. Hollis was deeply scarred emotionally from his past. Larissa had a distrust of athletes. Together they worked through those things. I loved how they knew when to push each other and when to pull back.

One of my favorite things about this book were all the side characters. I loved how they impacted both Hollis and Larissa, but especially Hollis. They were all a great support system and added a special element to the story. This is my first complete book by Locke, and meeting some of these characters made me want to read their stories.

The Relationship Pact was truly a sweet romance where I loved every minute of it. The only thing keeping my from giving it a full 5 stars was the final epilogue. I needed more answers for Hollis than I got. I know they weren’t necessarily important for Hollis and Larissa’s romance, but I wanted to know to fully wrap up his side of the story. Other than that, this romance was perfection for me.

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    About the Author:
USA Today and Washington Post bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own. She resides in the Midwest with her husband, sons, and two dogs. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. You can find her outside if the weather’s nice and there’s always a piece of candy in her pocket.

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WWW Wednesday: December 16, 2020

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

The last book I read was an ARC of The Relationship Pact (Kings of Football, #3) by Adriana Locke.

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

I’m reading Outmatched. Last week I spent time reading  Kristen Callihan’s contemporary romances I hadn’t read yet. I read the VIP series and am finishing up with this one.

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

My plan is to start Stealing Home by Nicole Williams..