Title: Down Too Deep
Author: J. Daniels
Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
Publication Date: October 8, 2019
Down Too Deep will hit you with all the feels. Nate lost his wife and is struggling to get himself together. He has a little girl named Marley and he isn’t sure how to navigate raising this little girl on his own. After his wife’s passing he shut himself off and lost himself in his work.
Life is about to be changed dramatically when single mom Jenna walks into his restaurant. She has 8 year old twins, Oliver and Olivia. Jenna steps up to help Nate take care of his little girl while he works and these families slowly start to blend and function phenomenally well together.
This was just the sweetest love story, but not solely because of the romantic love. They fall hard for each other’s families and it is absolutely the most heartwarming story. I flew through this one and quickly became a huge fan of J. Daniels. After finishing this story, I went on to binge read the rest of the Dirty Deeds series.
Thank you Netgalley and Forever publishing for my copy. All opinions are my own.
Title: Perfect Strangers
Author: J.T. Geissinger
Publisher: J.T. Geissinger, Inc
Pub Date: October 1, 2019
This story hooked me quickly! I was obsessed with Olivia and James. They had fantastic chemistry and I couldn’t get enough of them. It was super steamy.
This story was full of surprises. I feel like this is a hard one to review. At one point in the story I wasn’t sure if I would be able to finish it, but I’m so glad I stuck with it. I ended up really enjoying it.
This story was very meta. It was really interesting and I like the path it took even if I briefly was infuriated. It evoked such strong emotions because I was so invested in the characters. I’m going to include a synopsis so you can get a feel for this read and so I can keep it spoiler free.
Author Olivia Rossi hasn’t been able to write a word since tragedy struck two years ago and ripped her world apart. Heartbroken and still haunted by the past, she accepts an offer to spend the summer at a friend’s apartment in Paris in search of healing and her lost muse.
What she finds instead is James, an enigmatic stranger who ignites in her an unexpected and all-consuming passion.
Agreeing to tell each other nothing more than their first names, Olivia and James embark on a torrid affair. But the more time they spend together, the more Olivia begins to realize her summer fling is turning into a powerful connection…and that the magnetic man she’s falling in love with might not be what he seems at all.
Thank you @socialbutterflypr for my copy. All opinions are my own.
Author: Kate Burrows
Publisher: Independently Published
Pub Date: September 26, 2019
Kate Burrows wrote a lovely, heart-warming story, Repurposed. Claire was raised by her grandmother. Her grandmother passed away and leaves Claire a farmhouse that needs to be renovated.
Claire has been working hard to build up her own business in which she fixes up old furniture and sells them in her store. She is fiercely independent and it’s all due to the circumstances of her childhood. She has decided she can only count on herself in life.
She needs to hire help restoring her grandmother’s house. Help comes in the form of a hot, charming carpenter. Mason makes Claire rethink some of her reservations. I loved their chemistry. I felt like they had great banter. I always love when I feel like the characters seem real and are having genuine conversations.
Claire was such a lovely character. She had her hang ups but she really cares about people. I loved that she was a tomboy and could wield her power tools. Mason was charming and loved that Claire shared his love of building things. They connected really well.
This was a quick, delightful romance.
Thank you Kate for allowing me to review your book! I hope to read many more books from you in the future.
A copy was given to me through Book sprout and all opinions are my own.
Title: Love on Lexington Avenue (Central Park Pact #2)
Author: Lauren Layne
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pub Date: September 17, 2019
This was such a cute, slow-burn romance. Claire is widowed and she found out at her husband’s funeral that he had been cheating on her for quite some time with at least two women. These women became best friends. They all thought they were the only woman in Brayden’s life. They make a pact to keep each other away from the bad guys.
Claire is trying to reinvent herself, starting with her old house. Her friends introduced her to her contractor, Scott. Scott is the opposite of Claire and normally not at all the kind of guy she’d be interested in. They have good banter. Their relationship starts off as quasi enemies and then they transition to friendship.
I love the slow build where they had to work up to even being friends and admitting that they enjoyed each other’s company. They’ve both had their guards up from their previous relationships. There is very minimal steam, but plenty of tension.
This is my first Lauren Layne book and I am definitely a fan. Also, this is book two in the Central Park Pact series, but works as a stand alone. I’m going to go back and read the first one and I can’t wait for Audrey’s story in the third installment.
I love the setting and character development. It was a quick read and I really enjoyed it. This would make such a cute movie.
Thank you Netgalley and Gallery Books for my eARC copy. All opinions are my own.
Title: The Accidental Life Swap
Author: Jennifer Joyce
Publisher: HQ Digital
Pub Date: September 1, 2019
The Accidental Life Swap turned out to be quite the charming story. Rebecca works as a PA for Vanessa Whitely of Vanessa Whitely Events. Vanessa is a difficult boss. She’s brash and doesn’t value her employees. Rebecca has a degree in Events Management, but Vanessa only sees her for her organizational skills and ability to run her errands. Vanessa bought a home in a small town out in the country that was in need of restoration. Rebecca is more of a people-pleaser and not used to sticking up for herself, so when Vanessa sends her to oversee the remainder of the remodeling there is no push back.
The first day on site, Rebecca is mistaken for Vanessa among the work crew. She doesn’t correct the mistake since everyone is a little intimidated by Vanessa, and thus the accidental life swap is in full swing. Rebecca is able to be more assertive by hiding behind her borrowed identity. She didn’t foresee the falsehood causing any real trouble until she falls in love with the town and it’s people.
This story really was charming. The pacing was a bit slow. It took a little while to fully get into it. It felt like a lot of the story was just following Rebecca and her inner monologue. I would have liked a little more interaction and dialogue with the community. The love story was cute, but I would have liked to have seen a bit more chemistry other than them just bantering over their fiercely competitive nature when it comes to board games. Overall, if you enjoy a cute non-steamy romance then this was a good one.
Thank you Netgalley and HQ Digital for my review copy. All opinions are my own.
I don’t frequently listen to audiobooks, but I try to do some occasionally. It helps me squeeze in some reading while I’m doing dishes or other mundane tasks. My mind has a tendency to drift. I lose my place and have to replay portions, but when they are good it’s like an entirely different experience. I may still not catch as much as I do if I am physically reading the book. Does anyone else struggle with this? It’s like going to a really great play though. The characters are given voices and it changes how you might have visualized them in your head (or even pronounced their names).
Some Great Listens due to Great Narrators
- Harry Potter Series written by J.K. Rowling and Narrated by Jim Dale (phenomenal)
- Anne of Greene Gables written by L.M. Montgomery and Narrated by Rachel McAdams
- The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line (Veronica Mars #1) written by Rob Thomas, Jennifer Graham, Narrated by Kristen Bell
- The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings Series written by J. R. R. Tolkien Narrated by Rob Inglis (I’ve only listened to The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring so far)
- The Night Circus written by Erin Morgenstern and Narrated by Jim Dale (need I say more)
- The Cruel Prince written by Holly Black Narrated by Caitlin Kelly
- Six of Crows written by Leigh Bardugo and Narrated by Jay Snyder
This is also my preferred medium for nonfiction.
What are your favorites? What should I add to my list for future listening? How do you squeeze in extra reading time?
Author: Steve Cavanagh
Publisher: Flatiron Books
THE SERIAL KILLER ISN’T ON TRIAL.
HE’S ON THE JURY…
They were Hollywood’s hottest power couple. They had the world at their feet. Now one of them is dead and Hollywood star Robert Solomon is charged with the brutal murder of his beautiful wife.
This is the celebrity murder trial of the century and the defence want one man on their team: con artist turned lawyer Eddie Flynn.
All the evidence points to Robert’s guilt, but as the trial begins a series of sinister incidents in the court room start to raise doubts in Eddie’s mind.
What if there’s more than one actor in the courtroom?
What if the killer isn’t on trial? What if the killer is on the jury?
Thirteen was a great read. This book is part of the Eddie Flynn series. I have not read any of the previous books and this story stands well on its own.
Cavanagh instantly draws the reader into the mind of a serial killer – Kane. This perspective really made this story stand out for me. The shifting POV added to this story significantly. Kane is such a phenomenally developed character and Eddie Flynn moves the plot a long expertly.
Cavanagh’s descriptions and attention to detail are brilliant. It was a very visceral reading experience. He had me cringing while simultaneously sitting on the edge of my seat.
There is so much description and that allowed for a thoroughly fleshed out character. Kane is very self aware. He knows that he is different, but very skilled at fitting in and portraying a normal, upstanding member of society.
This story is fast-paced. It flows well and Cavanagh builds excellent suspense. The author’s law background adds so much realism to his story. It’s not so heavy on the legal jargon that it is cumbersome to the reader, but it definitely lets you know that this author knows what he is talking about.
Thank you so much to Flatiron for reaching out to me to review this book. All opinions are my own. It was really a thrill to read.