Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Review: "Royally Yours" by Melissa Tagg, Betsy St. Amant, Liz Johnson, and Ashley Clark

Christmas novellas from some of my favorite authors? Yes, please! The instant I heard about Royally Yours, I knew I needed to get my hands on the collection. And guess what? It's really, really good!

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Review: "A Silver Willow by the Shore" by Kelli Stuart

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

A couple years ago, I read Kelli Stuart's Like a River From Its Course. I was blown away. So when I heard her next novel was about to release, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. 

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Review: "Practically Married" by Karin Beery

I am a sucker for the marriage of convenience trope. It's very common in historical romance, but I don't often see it done well in contemporary romance (it often feels quite contrived). Still, I'm always ready to try out a modern marriage of convenience romance, so of course Practically Married appealed to me.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Review: "Hereafter" by Jody Hedlund

You a know a book is good when you pick it up to "read the first chapter" ... and you put it down at 12:30 a.m. after you've read the final page!

Friday, October 25, 2019

Review: "A Cross to Kill" by Andrew Huff

If you enjoy suspense in the vein of Alex Cross or Jack Ryan, you'll find much to like in Andrew Huff's debut Shepherd Suspense novel.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

How to Watch Hallmark on the Cheap

Guess what? According to Hallmark and Lifetime, it's the Christmas season!

But what do you do if you love Hallmark movies but don't have cable, or if you have just a basic package that doesn't include a DVR?

Enter Frndly TV.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Review: "Dark Ambitions" by Irene Hannon

After reading (and loving!) my first Irene Hannon suspense novel last year, I was eager to get my hands on her next suspense release, Dark Ambitions. It was definitely worth the wait!

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Review: "Once Upon a Christmas" by Andrea Boyd, Mikal Dawn, Toni Shiloh, Angela Ruth Strong, Jaycee Weaver

I'm not one of those people who thinks Christmas entertainment should be reserved for the Christmas season. (Except for Christmas music. That should wait at least until November.) Christmas movies? Watch them in April! Christmas books? Read them in August! So when I had the chance to read a Christmas novella collection in October, I thought, "Why not?"

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Review: "Where Hope Begins" by Catherine West

Have you done a blind date with a book? This is my second one with JustRead Publicity Tours. You sign up, and they match you with a book to review. I enjoyed the first book they sent me, but this one? It couldn't have been a better match!

Friday, October 11, 2019

Review: "Emma" by Alexander McCall Smith

Given the option, I'd choose Mr. Knightley over Mr. Darcy every time. While I like the plot of Pride & Prejudice better than Emma (and I vastly prefer Elizabeth Bennet to Emma Woodhouse), I've always preferred Knightley to Darcy. I don't know why I felt like sharing that tidbit ... I guess I just had to get it off my chest!

Anyway, I picked up Alexander McCall Smith's retelling of Emma on a whim at the library the other day. This novel is part of the (now defunct) Austen Project featuring retellings of Austen's work by contemporary authors. I loathed Sense & Sensibility, I liked Northanger Abbey, and I'm afraid of reading Eligible (a Pride & Prejudice retelling). What would Emma bring?

Monday, September 30, 2019

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Review: "Foremost" by Jody Hedlund

I just finished reading Foremost, the second novel in Jody Hedlund's Lost Princesses series, and I'm left with just one question: How long until I can pick up Hereafter, the final book in the series? (Answer: about a month. Thankfully!)

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Review: "You Belong with Me" by Tari Faris

I hadn't heard of Tari Faris before one of my bookstagram friends started raving about her novella P.S. Goodbye (which you can get free by signing up for Faris's newsletter). After I read the novella, I understood why my friend was raving, and I immediately added You Belong with Me to my TBR. Once it arrived in my mailbox, it jumped over a few other books in the queue because I just couldn't wait to read it!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My TBR I'm Avoiding Reading (and Why)

Happy Tuesday! I'm having a fabulous week so far, mainly because I kicked it off with a Backstreet Boys concert!!! As a child of the 90's, I was all about boy bands—and I firmly believed that *NSYNC was the best. I did like the Backstreet Boys, too, and now I would definitely say that musically speaking, Backstreet is the superior group. Because I enjoyed their music but wasn't a superfan, I just assumed that Brian and Nick were the lead singers, and the others were backups (like Justin and JC in *NSYNC) ... so I was surprised to see how often A.J. was the lead on Backstreet Boys songs! A.J. and Brian are probably the best vocalists in the group, but they all can hold their own.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Review: "Finding Lady Enderly" by Joanna Davidson Politano

Over the past few years, I've come to greatly anticipate Joanna Davidson Politano's releases, as I can always count on them to be thought-provoking, intriguing mysteries. Her new release, Finding Lady Enderly, is no exception!

Monday, September 2, 2019

August Wrap-Up

Hello, September! While I'm not as eager to see September this year as I am sometimes (because while the humidity has been unreal, the heat hasn't been that bad), I'm still ready for fall and all that it brings.

After my massive reading slump that lasted most of July, I happily devoured many books in August ... including half of the books I had on my August TBR. 50% is much better than I did in July!

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Review: "Forever Yours" by Judy Corry

I don't know what it is, but there's something about Judy Corry's writing that makes me do stupid things ... like staying up way past my bedtime to read her books. I've now read most of her books, and I think each one has been read between the hours of 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. Normally, I'm really good about putting books down and getting my sleep, but, without exception, her books call to me as I'm getting ready for bed, and then I can't put the book down until it's finished ... which is why I was VERY groggy at work yesterday. I pulled Forever Yours up on my Kindle at 10:15 ... and finished it at 12:30. Thank goodness I'm a quick reader, or it would have been much later!

Friday, August 30, 2019

Review: "Evermore" by Jody Hedlund

I'm so excited that Jody Hedlund has written another medieval series! After releasing the prequel novella for The Lost Princesses series earlier this month, she's back with book one, Evermore, and it's so good!

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Would Like Physical Copies of

Hello again, TTT friends! It's been a while since I've been around these parts. Today's topic was too good to pass up, though: Books I'd Like to Have in My Personal Library. I'm taking this to mean books I want physical copies of ... because for all of the convenience of an ebook, there's nothing like having a physical copy to hold, read, and use in #bookstagram photos!

Monday, August 26, 2019

Review: "State of Lies" by Siri Mitchell

A few years ago, I read a couple of Siri Mitchell's historical novels. I enjoyed them, but I wasn't dying to get my hands on more of her books. But then I heard about State of Lies—written in a completely different genre with a "book blurb" that caught my eye—and I decided to give it a chance.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Review: "A Glitter of Gold" by Liz Johnson

Over the past few years, Liz Johnson has quietly become one of my favorite romance writers. I say "quietly" because her name is not one that quickly jumps to mind when thinking of my favorite writers, but every time I pick up one of her books, I. Love. It.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Review: "Stars of Alabama" by Sean Dietrich

Do you ever pick up a book by an author you've never read before and wonder how on earth you'd missed the author up to that point? Yeah, that's me right now. I had never even heard of Sean Dietrich, a.k.a. Sean of the South, before I picked up Stars of Alabama. And now I want to go back and read everything he's ever written!

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Review: "Always" by Jody Hedlund

A few years ago, Jody Hedlund, one of my favorite historical romance writers, penned a medieval YA series that I absolutely loved. (See my reviews of the books in that series here.) Though Hedlund has wrapped up that series, she isn't finished writing medieval YA; Always is the opening novella in her upcoming The Lost Princesses series!

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Review: "Daughters of Northern Shores" by Joanne Bischof

There's just something about a Joanne Bischof book ... Daughters of Northern Shores is the third book written by Bischof that I've read, and it's the third of her books that I'm giving a 5-star rating to!

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Review: "Love and Other Mistakes" by Jessica Kate

I just love the trend of illustrated covers for romance novels! As soon as I saw the cover of Love and Other Mistakes, I added it to my TBR ... doesn't it look so fun?

Monday, August 5, 2019

Review: "One of the Girls" by Robin Daniels

As you surely know by now, clean, cheesy YA romances are my jam ... even though I'm now technically old enough to be the mother of all of the characters. (Seriously, how did that happen???)

I'd never read anything by Robin Daniels before picking up this book, but it was offered for review in one of my clean romance groups, so I took a chance ...

Sunday, August 4, 2019

July Wrap-Up

How is it August? We're less than two weeks away from the beginning of school! I'm just not going to think about that little tidbit today, OK?

My July reading was ... not great. After reading so much in June, I hit a massive reading slump in July. I wanted to read, but nothing that I picked up resonated with me. Often, I don't have the luxury of indulging a slump, as I have certain books that have to be reviewed on certain days. But, for whatever reason, July didn't have many deadlines, so when I wasn't feeling a book, I just stopped reading.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Review: "Cross My Heart" by Robin Lee Hatcher

Over the past few years, Robin Lee Hatcher has become one of my go-to authors for contemporary inspirational romance. Her well-drawn characters and intriguing stories always draw me in. Cross My Heart, her latest release, is no different.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Review: "The Art of Rivers" by Janet Ferguson

I've read several of Janet Ferguson's books, and they're always captivating stories with enjoyable romances. But her latest novel, The Art of Rivers, is even better than I was expecting!

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Mosaic Collection Blog Blitz: Eleanor Bertin


Welcome to the Blog Blitz  for The Mosaic Collection, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! Today, I'm sharing about author Eleanor Bertin.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

July TBR: Summer Reading Safari

Happy July (6th)! I meant to get this posted sooner, but, well, you know how that goes 😉 ... Anyway, for the last several months, I've been posting my monthly TBR on Instagram. Sometimes, I do a great job of reading what I've posted, sometimes not. But this month, I found a challenge to join (which maybe will keep me more accountable?), and you can join, too: the Christian & Clean Fiction Summer Reading Safari.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Sunday, June 30, 2019

June Wrap-Up

Can you believe we're halfway through 2019? This year is absolutely flying by. I started June on vacation in Florida, and now it already feels like I've been home for three months, rather than three weeks! While I was on vacation, I read a ton ... and I haven't read too much since then.

2019 Mini Reviews: February - June

When 2019 started, I thought I'd try to do mini reviews each month—reviews of books that I'd purchased myself or borrowed, books that I didn't feel like doing a full-blown review for but still wanted to record my thoughts about. And I succeeded ... in January 🤣.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Summer TBR

Happy Tuesday! Can you believe it's almost July? Where has this year gone? (Of course, it now sounds like July in my neighborhood—today is the first day that it's legal to shoot off fireworks in my town, and some of my neighbors are taking full advantage.)

Today's Top Ten Tuesday post is one I couldn't resist: Books on my Summer TBR. I didn't do a Spring TBR post, but one of these was actually on my Winter TBR ... and a couple others made my monthly TBRs for March and April. Maybe NOW is the time to read it! (I wouldn't hold my breath 🤣)

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Review: "More than Words Can Say" by Karen Witemeyer

If you've been around here very often, you know that marriage of convenience stories are my absolute favorite! You also know that I'm much more drawn to contemporary than historical novels ... but I will absolutely read just about any historical marriage of convenience novel, which is why I decided to pick up More than Words Can Say. It was a wise decision 🙂

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Review: "The Number of Love" by Roseanna M. White

I'm so happy I discovered Roseanna M. White's books several years ago! Her latest release, The Number of Love, features a familiar face in Margot De Wilde, introduced in A Song Unheard (part of a previous series, but they all interconnect). Now an adult, Margot works for Room 40, a British intelligence organization.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Review: "Summer by the Tides" by Denise Hunter

I am always up for a Denise Hunter novel. It all started with The Convenient Groom back in 2008—I spied the book in a catalog (those were the days ...), bought it, and I've never looked back. I'm fairly certain I've read each book Hunter has released since then! So of course I had to get my hands on this book, which came out at the end of May.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Review: "Ornamental Graces" by Carolyn Astfalk

Every February, my library does a "blind date with a book," where books are all wrapped in brown paper and some hints about the book are written on the outside. While I've never participated, I've always been curious, so when I was given the opportunity to sign up for a blind tour through JustRead, I decided to do it.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Review: "Hope and Other Punch Lines" by Julie Buxbaum

Julie Buxbaum is one of my go-to YA fiction writers when I'm looking for something that has a little more depth. (Don't get me wrong—I enjoy a fluffy romance, obviously, but every once in a while I'm in the mood for something a little more serious.) She's also become an "auto get" for me, so when Hope and Other Punch Lines came up for review, I pounced 😉.