Friday, September 24, 2021

Reading Right Now! (312)

 I really struggled with my last book that I was reading, I really like the series, but the sequel was just too long for no good reason. That book was in my last Reading Right Now! It was European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman by Theodora Goss. I'm such a fan of the Athena Club series, but that book was too dang long. The length was not justified by what ended up happening in it. I'm still a fan of the series though. I'm happy that I can move on to something else.
So, what I'm Reading Right Now! is...


Caliban's War (The Expanse #2) by James S.A. Corey -- Hooray! I am buddy reading this with my friends Ke-sha and Geraldine. I read Leviathan Wakes maybe two months ago, and I liked it, but it was definitely intense.
I'm maybe close to 50 pages in so far, and it's already started off with a bang. I'm excited to see where it goes. This is the kind of sci-fi that I really, really enjoy. When I want an epic space opera adventure, this series is what I mean.

And that's what I'm Reading Right Now! What are you reading this weekend?

Thursday, September 23, 2021

BLOG TOUR: Last Seen Alone by Laura Griffin

 I am very excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for Last Seen Alone by Laura Griffin. I received a free electronic copy for honest review from the publisher. Thanks so much to Berkley Books and Laura Griffin for letting me be a part of this thrilling tour.


Title: Last Seen Alone
Author: Laura Griffin
Published by: Berkley Books
Released: September 28, 2021
Source: Electronic Review Copy from Publisher
 
Synopsis: When they face the most baffling missing person's case of their careers, a fiercely ambitious lawyer and a homicide detective have no one to turn to for help except each other, from New York Times bestselling author Laura Griffin. 
Up-and-coming attorney Leigh Larson fights for victims of sexual extortion, harassment, and online abuse. She is not afraid to go after the sleaziest targets to get payback for her clients. Leigh is laser-focused on her career--to the exclusion of everything else--until a seemingly routine case and a determined cop turn her world upside down.
Austin homicide detective Brandon Reynolds is no stranger to midnight callouts. But when he gets summoned to an abandoned car on a desolate road, he quickly realizes he's dealing with an unusual crime scene. A pool of blood in the nearby woods suggests a brutal homicide. But where is the victim? The vehicle is registered to twenty-six-year-old Vanessa Adams. Searching the car, all Brandon finds is a smear of blood and a business card for Leigh Larson, attorney-at-law.
Vanessa had hired Leigh just before her disappearance, but Leigh has no leads on who could have wanted her dead. Faced with bewildering evidence and shocking twists, Leigh and Brandon must work against the clock to chase down a ruthless criminal who is out for vengeance. (Synopsis from Goodreads )
 
My Thoughts: This was just the kind of read I was looking for. It was so easy to get sucked into the story and read, read, read. I really liked the lawyer cop duo of Leigh and Brandon. I liked the back and forth they had, and how they worked together.
I was also pretty interested and invested in the case. I liked trying to figure out all the clues and see where it was going to go next.
I also was a fan of the writing style. It hooked me. Laura Griffin gave me a good story that I just wanted to read until the end.
If you're looking for a romantic suspense that will grab your attention, I definitely recommend giving this one a read.





Laura Griffin is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty-five books and novellas. She is a two-time RITA Award winner as well as the recipient of the Daphne du Maurier Award.



Thanks so much for checking out my Blog Tour Stop for Last Seen Alone by Laura Griffin. Big thanks to Berkley Books and Laura Griffin for letting me be a part of the tour. I'd definitely recommend keeping an eye out for this one. It hits shelves September 28, 2021!!

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

BLOG TOUR: On Location by Sarah Echavarre Smith

 I am really excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for On Location by Sarah Echavarre Smith! I received a free electronic copy for honest review from the publisher. Thanks so much to Berkley and Sarah Echavarre Smith for letting me be a part of this tour!


Title: On Location
Author: Sarah Echavarre Smith
Published by: Berkley
Released: September 21, 2021
Source: Review Copy from Publisher

Synopsis: Nothing like a rocky start between enemy coworkers stuck together on location to prove that love isn't just a ploy for ratings—it's a force of nature.
Alia Dunn has finally gotten her big break. After years of working her way up at TV's top outdoor travel channel, she gets the green light from network executives to bring her dream project to life: produce a series about Utah's national parks. It's a touching tribute to her late apong, who sparked Alia's passion for travel and the outdoors as a kid.
Alia is thrilled—until she meets her newest crew member, Drew Irons. The same Drew she had the most amazing first date with two weeks ago—who then ghosted her. The same Drew who has the most deliciously thick forearms and who loves second-guessing her every move on set in front of the entire crew. It's not long before the tension between them turns hotter than the Utah desert in the dead of summer, and their steamy encounters lead to major feelings.
But when the series host goes rogue one too many times, jeopardizing the entire shoot, Alia realizes that she'll need to organize one hell of a coup to save her show—and she'll need Drew's help to do it. It's the riskiest move she's ever made. If she pulls it off, she'll end up with a hit series and her dream guy . . . but if it all goes wrong, she could lose both. (Synopsis from Goodreads)

My Thoughts: This was a lot of fun and I enjoyed every page as I was reading. It gave me that perfect reading escape that I was looking for. I am always a sucker for books where an antagonistic relationship turns into something more. I love the snark that happens in these kinds of stories.
I really enjoyed the premise for On Location. I really enjoyed the nature show setting, as well as Alia getting her dream job. It made a perfect backdrop for the relationship to grow. It also meant that Alia and Drew were stuck with each other. There was no place to really escape, they had to come to an understanding.
This book was just a lot of fun, as I have said before. It was the perfect reading escape. It was exactly what I was looking for. I would definitely recommend it.





Sarah Smith is a copywriter turned author who wants to make the world a lovelier place, one kissing story at a time. Her love of romance began when she was eight and she discovered her auntie's stash of romance novels. She's been hooked ever since. When she's not writing, you can find her hiking, eating chocolate, and perfecting her lumpia recipe. She lives in Bend, Oregon, with her husband and her adorable cat, Salem.



Thanks for checking out my Blog Tour Stop for On Location by Sarah Echavarre Smith. Thank you to Berkley and Sarah Echavarre Smith for letting me be a part of this tour. I'd definitely recommend being on the lookout for this one if you want something cute and fun.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

BLOG TOUR: This Is Why We Lie by Gabriella Lepore

I am really excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for This Is Why We Lie by Gabriella Lepore. I received a free electronic copy for honest review from the publisher. Thanks so much to Inkyard Press and Gabriella Lepore for letting me be a part of this tour!
 
 
Title: This Is Why We Lie
Author: Gabriella Lepore
Published by: Inkyard Press
Released: September 21, 2021
Source: Electronic Review Copy from Publisher
 
Synopsis: Everyone in Gardiners Bay has a secret.  
When Jenna Dallas and Adam Cole find Colleen O'Dell's body floating off the shore of their coastal town, the community of Gardiners Bay is shaken. But even more shocking is the fact that her drowning was no accident.
Once Jenna's best friend becomes a key suspect, Jenna starts to look for answers on her own. As she uncovers scandals inside Preston Prep School leading back to Rookwood reform school, she knows she needs Adam on her side.
As a student at Rookwood, Adam is used to getting judgmental looks, but now his friends are being investigated by the police. Adam will do whatever he can to keep them safe, even if that means trusting Jenna.
As lies unravel, the truth starts to blur. Only one thing is certain: somebody must take the fall. (Synopsis from Goodreads)
 
My Thoughts: I love these kinds of stories, and I really enjoyed This Is Why We Lie. I'm always game for a book with secrets and murder. I thought this one was a lot of twists, turns, and fun.
I really liked the murder mystery aspect of this, as well as the two voices telling the story. I also really enjoyed school settings, and added bonus that there were two schools in such proximity.
I really enjoyed the way that the story was laid out. I was always kept on my toes, second guessing who or what was really going on.
This is the kind of book that is just fun to read. It gives you a story that captures your attention and keeps it until the last page is turned. This is a good one. I'm definitely going to have to lookout for more by Gabriella Lepore.
 




Gabriella Lepore is a YA author from South Wales in the United Kingdom, where she lives with her husband and daughter. When she isn’t reading or writing, she can usually be found exploring the coastline or perusing a bookstore. She enjoys autumn days and cups of tea and is always searching for the next mystery. Visit her at www.gabriellalepore.co.uk or follow her on Instagram @GabriellaLepore_Books.



Thanks so much for checking out my Blog Tour Stop for This Is Why We Lie by Gabriella Lepore. Thanks so much to Inkyard Press and Gabriella Lepore for letting me be a part of this tour. I'd definitely recommend keeping a lookout for this book!


Friday, September 17, 2021

Reading Right Now! (311)

 This week I've decided to go crazy and read two very chunky monkey books. Technically, I've started one, but not the other. 
So, what I'm Reading Right Now! is...

European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman (#2) by Theodora Goss -- This book is a beast! Over 700 pages. I do love this series though and I'm happy to be back with these characters. It is too long though. Too long for what it is. I'm  almost halfway though, I can do it!

Caliban's War (#2) by James S.A. Corey -- I haven't started this one just yet, but I'm definitely planning to. I'm going to be doing a buddy read for this one with some of my friends. This is a 500+ page book, so a little shorter than the previous one mentioned, things are looking up. I'm excited to see what happens in this. The first book was pretty crazy.

And that's what I'm Reading Right Now! What are you Reading?

Thursday, September 16, 2021

BLOG TOUR: An Impossible Promise by Jude Deveraux and Tara Sheets

 I am very excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for An Impossible Promise by Jude Deveraux and Tara Sheets! I received a free electronic copy for honest review from the publisher. Thanks so much to MIRA and Jude Deveraux for letting me be a part of this tour!
 

Title: An Impossible Promise (Providence Falls #2)
Authors: Jude Deveraux and Tara Sheets
Published by: MIRA
Released: September 21, 2021
Source: Electronic Review Copy from Publisher
 
Synopsis: They can’t be together, but they can’t stay apart… 
Liam O’Connor has one purpose in this life—to push the woman he loves into the arms of another man. The Irish rogue unknowingly changed the course of destiny when he fell in love with Cora McLeod over a century ago. Their passion was intense, brief and tragic. And the angels have been trying to restore the balance of fate ever since. 
Now police officers in Providence Falls, North Carolina, Liam and Cora are partners on a murder investigation. The intensity of the case has drawn them closer together—exactly what Liam is supposed to avoid. The angels have made it clear Cora must be with Finley Walsh. But headstrong Cora makes her own decisions and she’s starting to have feelings for Liam—the only thing he’s ever really wanted. 
Liam knows this is the last chance to save his soul. But does he love Cora enough to let her go? (Synopsis from Goodreads)
 
My Thoughts: I love time travel books, and I'm always excited when I get my hands on a new one. This was a good time. It's the second book in the Providence Falls Series, and I would recommend starting with that one. This picks up not too far after the events of Book 1. Liam is trying to make Cora fall in love with Finley Walsh, but that's hard when he has feelings for her, and they've been partnered together to solve a case. Liam is trying his best to fix what he messed up in the past, but can he stay away from her?
I really enjoyed this one. I liked the romance mixed with the time travel angle. I also really enjoyed how much of a struggle Liam was going through to fix the time mess he made. Oh and I also like how there's a mystery element woven into this too. This is an enjoyable series.



Jude Deveraux is the author of forty-three New York Times bestsellers, including For All Time, Moonlight in the Morning,and A Knight in Shining Armor. She was honored with a Romantic Times Pioneer Award in 2013 for her distinguished career. To date, there are more than sixty million copies of her books in print worldwide.


Thanks so much for checking out my Blog Tour Stop for An Impossible Promise by Jude Deveraux and Tara Sheets. Thanks so much to MIRA and Jude Deveraux for letting me be a part of the tour. I'd definitely recommend keeping your eye out for this one on September 21st.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

BLOG TOUR: Egg Marks the Spot (Skunk and Badger #2) by Amy Timberlake

 I am really excited to be a part of this cute Blog Tour for Egg Marks the Spot (Skunk and Badger #2) by Amy Timberlake! I received a free copy for honest review from the publisher. Thanks so much to Algonquin Young Readers and Amy Timberlake for letting me be a part of this fun tour.

Title: Egg Marks the Spot (Skunk and Badger #2)
Author: Amy Timberlake
Published by: Algonquin Young Readers
Released: September 14, 2021
Source: Review Copy Provided by Publisher
 
Synopsis: Buried in the heart of every animal is a secret treasure. For rock scientist Badger, it’s the Spider Eye Agate he found as a cub, stolen years ago by his crafty cousin, Fisher. For Badger’s roommate, Skunk, the treasure is Sundays with the New Yak Times Book Review. When an old acquaintance, Mr. G. Hedgehog, announces his plan to come for the Book Review as soon as it thumps on the doorstep, Skunk decides an adventure will solve Badger’s problems as well as his own. Surprisingly, Badger agrees. Together they set off on an agate-finding expedition at Badger’s favorite spot on Endless Lake.
But all is not as it seems at Campsite #5. Fisher appears unexpectedly. Then a chicken arrives who seems intent on staying. Something is up!
Indeed!
Secrets, betrayals, lies
. . . and a luminous, late-Jurassic prize. (Synopsis from Goodreads)
 
My Thoughts: Skunk and Badger are back at it again! This series is such a cute read. I love it. Skunk and Badger are such an unlikely pair, but their friendship is one to root for. The do a great job of complementing each other.
Badger needs a little help opening up, and Skunk does a great job of being the animal he needs. This is such a sweet tale of friendship.
I also really enjoyed the little adventure they went on in this story. They are out looking for agate, but of course, they find so much more.
I love the way this book is set up, the illustrations are great. It just has a very nice presentation.
I'd definitely recommend this series if you're looking for something cute. Skunk and Badger are the perfect Odd Couple.





Amy Timberlake’s novels for young readers have received a Newbery Honor, an Edgar Award, a Golden Kite Award, and the China Times Best Book Award. She grew up in Hudson, Wisconsin, but now calls Chicago home. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, and holds an MA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Illinois. You can find her walking on Chicago’s Lakefront Trail on cool, crisp fall days.



Thanks so much for checking out my Blog Tour stop for Egg Marks the Spot by Amy Timberlake. Thanks to Algonquin Young Readers and Amy Timberlake for letting me be a part of the tour. If you're looking for something cute to read with a great friendship, I'd definitely recommend picking up this series!