• Contemporary Romance,  YA / New Adult

    My Hero: McCabe Brothers Book 2 by Julie Capulet

    My Hero by Julie Capulet is the second book in the McCabe brothers trilogy of novellas. I reviewed an ARC of My Hero in exchange for an honest review. Now, while I loved Hopeless Romantic, Bo’s story (be sure to read my review here) – I LOVED Caleb’s story. Like, insert all the capital letters here.  All of them.  Once again, we have a love and lust at first site between the two characters.  But I felt like Caleb and Violet had more intense obstacles to overcome, mainly Caleb’s PTSD.  A returning soldier, Caleb is suffering intense guilt and trauma over surviving, whereas several of his fellow soldiers, including his…

  • Mystery / Suspense

    The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

    Proof that I still enjoy a real paper copy of a book once in a while. I read The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides as part of a postal book club I participate in through the book website Litsy (which is my home away from home, honestly). I share books with members all across Canada. We read them on our own, make notes in the margins, and send them through the mail.  This is not one that I normally would have picked but I’m glad I read it!  I had heard about it of course – it’s getting quite a bit of buzz and I believe they are turning it…

  • Contemporary Romance

    Wallflower: The Gardener Series book 1

    When grief threatens to smother you, like a rose buried in the sand, can the spark of a new romance draw you out and save your life? Tessa is drowning in grief over the loss of her mother.  She barely leaves the house and her life has come to a complete stand still.  When she meets a young landscaper named Emilio, she realizes that she is not ready to shrink away from the world.  He coaxes her out and shows her a whole new passionate side of herself.  Tessa and Emilio embark on an engrossing affair, that sweeps Tessa up entirely, and causes her to want to live again.  The…

  • Contemporary Romance,  YA / New Adult

    Hopeless Romantic – a novella by Julie Capulet

    Love at First Sight.  Most people feel that this is just a myth – something that happens in Fairy Tales and sappy breath mint commercials.  In Capulet’s adorable novella, Hopeless Romantic, she shows what happens when characters see each other and are hit with lightning.  Their lives are irrevocably changed because of chance. They are victims of Cupid’s arrow, and are helpless to deny the powerful attraction, the intense pull, and fate’s intervention that brings them together.  Okay, so it’s really the power of social media in this case…but that doesn’t sound as magical, does it? In Hopeless Romantic, we meet Millie, a freshman just starting college who comes from…

  • Miscellaneous Posts

    2020 Reading Challenges (as if I need any more challenges in my life haha)

    Ahhh…a New Year. A New Decade. (Holy cow how did that happen??) Now is the time to make New Year’s resolutions…promises we don’t really intend to keep.  We do this every year – we put it out there.  Into the universe.  And – three weeks later – when we fail, the universe spits in our faces. Well, this year, I decided to put some of my goals – my book goals anyway- into writing, as a way to hold myself accountable.  Looking online, I discovered that I am definitely not alone in this – there are a ton of 2020 Reading Challenges out there.  Some of them are super chill…

  • Contemporary Romance

    The Boss Who Stole Christmas by Jana Aston

    The Boss Who Stole Christmas: Reindeer Falls #1 This is the perfect kind of Christmas novella. It’s sweet, with some spice. It’s lighthearted but with heart – if that makes sense. The characters are well-rounded, and although the story is short, we still get to know them enough to believe in their romance.  Aston does a great job of bringing us into her world of Reindeer Falls, and Nuremberg, Germany. In The Boss Who Stole Christmas, we meet Holly Winter, who works at a toy company and is slightly – okay, more than slightly – Christmas obsessed.  But one thing can ruin Holly’s holiday spirit – and it’s her boss,…

  • Contemporary Romance

    Waiting for Brianna by Dee Stewart

    Waiting for Brianna by Dee Stewart Rating 4 stars How much does fate play a role in our lives?  Is everything that happens, good or bad, meant to be? For Cameron and Brianna, it seems as though fate brings them together, only to cruelly tear them apart.  This is a story of star-crossed lovers – not to be overly dramatic.  But the obstacles that crash into their paths do seem daunting. Cameron is a US Attourney, working to bring down powerful drug cartels. Unfortunately, he puts a powerful man away in prison and his son goes after Cameron for revenge, killing Cameron’s wife and son, and causing him to go…

  • Contemporary Romance

    Dirty by Kylie Scott

    Dirty by Kylie Scott Rating 5 Stars  I Loved this book.  I’ve been a fan of Scott’s for awhile now, and this one did not disappoint.  It’s the first in her Dive Bar series, and is in the same universe as the Stage Dive novels. And let me say – it’s steamy (fans herself). The book starts off with Lydia running away from her wedding and a very embarrassing situation.  She winds up in the house next door, effectively breaking in and hiding in the bathtub – where the homeowner, Vaughan, finds her – in her wedding dress, with mascara trailing down her cheeks.  Now, he could have just thrown…

  • Contemporary Romance

    Arrow’s Hell by Chantal Fernando

    Wind Dragon’s MC Series #2    Rating 4 Stars The sequel to Dragon’s Lair, Arrow’s Hell takes place five years after the first one.  Normally, I don’t like when too much time has passed between books, but in this case it works because Arrow’s in prison during that time.  In the last book, events occurred that pushed Arrow to the brink and caused him to do something that put him in jail.  Now he’s out, but he’s still messed up over what happened.  He’s a hard man, who doesn’t believe that he deserves to be happy.  When one of the MC members, Rake, starts bringing his sister Anna by, Arrow…

  • Non-Fiction

    Girl Logic: The Genius and the Absurdity by Iliza Shlesinger

    Rating: 5 Stars Iliza Shlesinger, who has four(!) Netflix comedy specials, is probably one of my favourite comics.  She’s smart and her social commentary is relevant. But she has also grown over time.  In this book, she even goes so far as to say that she regrets some of her earlier jokes, in which she makes fun of women.  Personally, I think she’s being too hard on herself – because the jokes she mentions were, and still are, funny. But it’s nice to see a person that can change and move forward, and who can really be a spokesperson for women now, more than she may have been in the…