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Grave Reservations by Cherie Priest @cmpriest @AtriaBooks @NetGalley #cozythriller #mystery #bookreviewers #blogtour #bookbloggers

Kaceey’s Review:

Fun, quirky, and topsy-turvy 

Leda Foley is a travel agent blessed with a special gift. She can see into the future. Which came in rather handy, having saved the life of a certain Seattle detective, ensuring he misses a doomed flight. She also moonlights doing clairvoyant karaoke (who knew there was such a thing!) at her favorite watering hole. You’ll want to read this book to fully understand! lol! I would definitely go to watch her perform!🙋🏻‍♀️ 

Grady Merritt (the Seattle Detective with nine lives) wonders if he could use Leda’s unique gift to help solve a murder long hanging over him for years. Only no one else can know she is helping the police…not even his fellow detectives.

This book was most definitely an entertaining read. Up to and including several laugh-out-loud moments. Leda is super cute with all her antics. I’m hopeful for a lot more from her as the series progresses.  

I can see this being the beginning of a great new series that I will definitely be following. 

A fun and fast buddy read with Susanne. 

Thank you to Megan Rudloff at Atria Books and NetGalley for the arc.

Susanne’s Review:

A highly entertaining, quirky mystery!  

Leda Foley is a clairvoyant.  She is also a travel agent who loves karaoke.  The day that Leda re-books a client’s flight to a different flight after a “bad feeling” – she saves his life.  That client is Seattle detective Grady Merritt and Leda just turned him into a believer.  Once that happens, he asks Leda if she’d be willing to help him try and solve a cold case, one that’s been bugging him for years.  

As it turns out, Leda could use Grady’s help as well, as she needs to know who murdered her fiance. While the mystery leads a bit to be desired, the best part of this novel is the interaction between the characters and specifically Leda and her best friend Niki. Detective Merritt adds to the fun as well.  

Although suspending belief is required, I enjoyed this novel and liked the supernatural element.

A fun buddy read with Kaceey!

Thank you to Megan Rudloff at Atria Books and NetGalley for the arc. 

Published on Goodreads, NetGalley and Twitter.

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Where All Light Tends to Go by David Joy @DavidJoy_Author #fiction #southernliterature #gritlit #comingofage #characterdrivenfiction #bookreviewers #bookbloggers

Susanne’s Review:

Books like this are the reason I love to read.

Character-Driven Fiction that is dark, gritty, realistic, heartbreaking, and utterly compelling, Where All the Light Tends to Go by David Joy, checked every single box. If only all other books were this good.

Jacob McNeely lives a shady life. How could he not, after being raised by his dad who runs a large meth operation in their small town? Though Jacob wants to live his own life and make his own decisions, the truth is, for someone like him there’s no way out. Every step he takes, every decision he makes, puts him on shakier ground. 

For Jacob, life is dirty, messy, and hard-fought, and yet he perseveres.  

What keeps Jacob going day after day is Maggie, his childhood sweetheart. Doomed from the start, these two have never been able to make it work, yet the love they feel for each other is palpable. Kind, loving, and supportive, Jacob only wants the best for Maggie. It is that, right there that stole a piece of my heart and captured it. What can I say, except that there’s just something about Jacob, a man willing to risk it all for the woman he loves.

My favorite kind of novel, this is character-driven southern literature/grit lit at its messiest, and yet I loved every second. Jacob is a man looking for absolution. The question, of course, is whether or not he can find it.

Have I mentioned how brilliant this novel is?  The writing is stunning, the characters are fully fleshed out, and the drama is devastating. This is the third novel that I’ve read and loved by David Joy, who quickly became one of my favorite authors after having read The Line that Held Us. 

This book has been sitting on my unread bookshelf for almost 3 years. All I can say is, boy, am I glad that Kaceey and I FINALLY made the time. David Joy, your writing is spectacular. It’s lyrical, poetic, gritty, and full of heart and I eagerly await your next book.

Another amazing buddy read with Ms. Kaceey, which gave us a lot to discuss.

Published on Goodreads, and Twitter.

Kaceey’s Review:

A beautifully crafted story of a young man growing up with the knowledge that like it or not, his future has been pre-destined. 

Jacob McNeely had to drop out of school to help his father run the family business. Not your typical mom and pop enterprise. The McNeely family runs the local meth ring. Jacob desperately wants more for himself and his first love Maggie. But deep down he knows he could never give Maggie the future she deserves. That is, unless…. 

This was a heart-wrenching coming-of-age story guaranteed to touch you deeply. I’m normally not a fan of YA, but these young characters captured my heart. 

This book was resting comfortably on my shelf for years, and I’m so pleased Susanne and I finally set aside time to finally pick this one up, as we both came away questioning why we waited so long to read it.  

This is my second read from David Joy. With The Line That Held Us sitting proudly on my favorite shelf. Looking forward to more from this author.

A buddy read with Susanne.

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Falling by T.J. Newman @T_J_Newman @librofm @simonschuster #stevenweber #mystery #suspense #thriller #nailbiter #blogger

Susanne’s Review:

INTENSE!

Falling by T.J. Newman is Nothing like I thought it was going to be and Exactly what I was hoping for!

Let me just say that premise does not do this book justice!

A pilot boards a flight to New York with no knowledge that his family has been kidnapped.  Once he is on the plane, he is contacted by the kidnappers and informed that for his family to live, he must crash the plane and kill everyone on board.

Has your heart started racing yet?  My heart started palpitating from the get-go and didn’t stop till the very last page.  

Talk about a doozy of a read!  

If you’re looking for a thrilling, chilling, suspenseful read, this my friends is it.

As a bonus, I listened to the audiobook of this and the narration by Steven Weber was stellar. 

Thank you to Libro.fm, Simon & Schuster for the alc.

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While We Were Dating by Jasmine Guillory (The Wedding Date #6) @thebestjasmine @BerkleyPub @NetGalley #romcom #womensfiction #bookbloggers

Susanne’s Review:

Romantic and Sweet, with Serious Undertones.

Another installment of The Wedding Date series by Jasmine Guillory, While We Were Dating takes a look inside a Hollywood starlight’s life.  When Ben Stephens, an Ad Exec, is hired to work on a commercial with the gorgeous and talented starlet Anna Gardiner, sparks fly.

I’m talking flirting, witty banter and chemistry galore.  

Though Anna and Ben are working side by side and shouldn’t give into their attraction, neither can help themselves. After all, what’s the harm in a little flirtation that is fun, yet sincere and wholly genuine?

When Anna realizes that she needs to up her marketability if she wants more jobs in Hollywood, her manager comes up with a solution:  Fake Date Ben Stephens.  

While it sounds like fun and games, not all is fair when it comes to romance.  

While We Were Dating is a cute and fun read that tackles serious issues, such as anxiety and mental health.  While I enjoyed it, I wish I had felt more connected to the characters.  

Another fun weekend buddy read with Ms. Kaceey.

Thank you to Elisha at Berkley Publishing Group via NetGalley for the arc.

Kaceey’s Review:

This is book 6 of the Wedding Date series, though only the third I’ve read. Each stands strong on its own, so you really can jump in anywhere.  

Anna is a fresh-faced, rising star in Hollywood. Now what she really needs is to create a buzz around herself to land the next “big part.” What better way than with a steamy, scandalous romance. Only she doesn’t have a boyfriend. Well…not exactly.  

Ben is heading up an advertising campaign featuring Anna. She’s certainly caught his eye. And not just as an up-and-coming actress. But Ben has serious doubts whether a star-like Anna could ever be truly interested in a regular guy like him. 

Well, the attraction is there in spades! So, what’s to lose? Why not use this unique opportunity to “create a relationship” and let the world know the two are in love!😉 

Ben is all in! But what happens when they don’t need to pretend for the public eye anymore? Will they continue on together or go their separate ways? 

I’m a bit hit and miss with this series. This one missed the mark just a bit. I wanted more from Anna and didn’t quite feel the chemistry develop between the two characters.  

Jasmine Guillory touches on some serious topics to this read, including the mental health of our leading lady as she battles anxiety issues. I thought that aspect was handled very well.  

A buddy read with Susanne. 

Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group. 

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The Other Me by Sarah Zachrich Jeng @sarahzj @BerkleyPub @NetGalley @edelweiss_squad #suspense #thriller #mystery #speculativefiction #sciencefiction #bookreviewers

Kaceey’s Review:

Haven’t we all at one time or another pondered what our lives might have been like had we made different choices when we were younger? And what if you were given the opportunity to actually live that life? 

But, what if YOU weren’t the one to make that decision!

Kelly is living the life of a struggling artist in Chicago. She suddenly finds herself attending a party in Michigan with her husband. Problem is, Kelly has absolutely no recollection of being married. For that matter, any part of this life!🏻‍♀️. 

Will Kelly remain here in this life? Can she get the answers to reveal how exactly she wound up here in the first place? 

This was a cleverly developed thriller that I thoroughly enjoyed. I have to admit I got just a bit lost on the sci-fi part of it. My brain has a bit of difficulty thinking outside the box and this one stretched my abilities to the limit! 

This was a debut from a very talented new author. Now on my radar and looking forward to more! 

A buddy read with Susanne 

Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing.

Susanne’s Review:

My Head has Not Stopped Spinning. In this case, that’s a Good Thing.

One minute Kelly is a 29-year-old struggling artist, living in Chicago. striving to be successful in her career. 

The next, Kelly busts through a bathroom door and is back in her hometown, in her family’s favorite restaurant, married to a guy from her High School named Eric, working as a graphic artist, and the life she thought she was living is gone. 

What was once tangible and real, is now non-existent.  

Kelly has “memories” of a life well-lived in Chicago, of friends, experiences, and of struggle, yet no matter how hard she tries she cannot get back to them. Then, of course, there is Eric, her husband. Can he be trusted?

What becomes obvious here is that time is a mysterious thing.  

A truly captivating novel that was utterly mind-boggling.  

A fun buddy read with Kaceey that kept us wholly entertained.

Thank you to Edelweiss, and Penguin Publishing for the arc.

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The Meeting Point by Olivia Lara @olilara_writes @NetGalley #romance #fiction #bookreview

Kaceey’s Review:

I had somewhat of a love-dislike relationship with this book. Pull up a chair and I’ll explain.

The premise grabbed me right away and knew it was a must-read for me!

Maya wants to surprise her boyfriend who’s presently across the country in California on business. It’s Maya’s birthday and her surprise is making a last minute trip to join him. Only it doesn’t go as planned.

Far from it.

Arriving in California, Maya texts her boyfriend, but oddly, the texts she receives are from a total stranger. The mystery texter is a Lift driver who discovered the phone in his car after dropping off a “couple” who were so engaged with their “activities” they didn’t notice their phone left behind. 

Now she has a choice. Stay at the airport or follow the suggestion of the Lift driver offering to personally guide her around Carmel by the Sea. He’ll text her all the sites to see. She agrees to his proposition and proceeds to have the best night of her life! And instantly begins falling hard for this unknown Lift driver.

The second half of the book is where I struggled. Once Maya returns to California and begins tracking down the Lift driver, the mood of the book shifted from sweet and cute to lies and deceit. At times perhaps a bit stalkerish too?🤷🏻‍♀️  All the cuteness and hope of falling in love just seemed to vanish.

As I said, I love the premise and I do believe in Maya’s ability to fall hard and fast for this stranger. Simply, I love…love!

Just the way the big reveal unfolded left me a bit cold.☹️

I hope it works out better for you!

Thank you to NetGalley and Aria & Aries

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Her Perfect Life by Hank Phillippi Ryan @HankPRyan @MacmillanAudio @NetGalley #thriller #bookbogger #bookreview

Kaceey’s Review:

Award-winning television reporter Lily Atwood has The Perfect Life.  A hugely successful career and an adorable daughter she loves more than anything.

When an anonymous source threatens to reveal parts of Lily’s past she’s managed to keep hidden she fears her whole life may be unraveling.

Told from multiple perspectives I had no difficulty following along.  But I kept feeling something was missing.  I didn’t find Lily very likable and thus lacked the connection I needed.  I had to remind myself that Lily was an investigative reporter as she seemed rather gullible at times.🤷🏻‍♀️

I listened to the audio version and enjoyed the narration.

Hank Phillippi Ryan always adds some great twists to keep you guessing and yes…shock you at the same time.

Looking forward to more from this author.

Thank you to NetGalley and Macmillan Audio 🎧

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Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins #rachelhawkins @StMartinsPress @NetGalley #fiction #mystery #suspense

Susanne’s Review:

Wildly Unique.

When Lux and her boyfriend Nico are hired to sail two strangers to Meroe Island, it seems like a dream come true. Best friends, Amma and Brittany are looking for an adventure.  With Lux and Nico, they find it. 

Meroe Island.  A gorgeous paradise.

Upon arrival, the foursome meets Eliza and Jake, whose arrival on the island leads to frolicking in the sand, champagne, and really good times.

Yet Meroe has a history and it’s said to be sinister.  

What starts out as fun and games quickly dissipates.  

Taut and tense, Reckless Girls starts out as one totally wicked read. Filled with betrayal, jealousy, and murder, I was intrigued. The plot quickly becomes wholly far-fetched, however, and left me wanting more.  While I didn’t quite love this one, I enjoyed it and look forward to Rachel Hawkins’ next novel.

A buddy read with Kaceey.

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press.

Published on Goodreads and Twitter.

Kaceey’s Review:

Doesn’t sailing off to a secluded, private island in the South Pacific sound amazing right about now? Not another single person in sight. Ah yes…just you, the sand and the sea.🏖

Lux has followed her boyfriend Nico from California to Hawaii. Their grand plan was to set sail to their heart’s content, island hopping with no agenda whatsoever.⛵️

Not so fast, Captain! Just an itty-bitty issue or two to iron out first. Problems with the boat and lack of money left them dry-docked in Hawaii indefinitely. 

In the meantime, Nico was just hired by two young women wanting to sail to a remote island with a haunting history. Of course, he jumps at the chance. It will bankroll the necessary funds to repair the boat. And the two gals are quick to invite Lux along for the sail. Interesting, right?! (I thought so!)🤣

Only paradise turns out to be far less tranquil than anyone may have expected! 

This was a quick read that hooked me from the start. It was nearly impossible to put down. I kept wondering what goodies Rachel Hawkins had in store for us, knowing there would be a delightfully twisty ending! And yes…there it was! 

My second read by this author, and enjoyed this one even more than her previous book, The Wife Upstairs

More, please! Thank you. 

A buddy read with Susanne. 

Thank you to NetGalley & St. Martin’s Press.

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When Sparks Fly by Helena Hunting @HelenaHunting @MacmillanAudio @NetGalley #bookblogger #romance #bookreview

Kaceey’s Review:

Avery Spark and her sisters run an events hotel in Colorado. It’s Avery’s burning passion, and her sisters? Well, they support her dream and are all in with just one caveat…Avery must run the show.

Avery’s personal life isn’t nearly as exciting as her professional life. She lives with her long time (male) friend Declan. Strictly plutonic folks! They are besties at best. No benefits here.

But after Avery gets into a serious accident that leaves her incapacitated it’s Declan that steps up to look after Avery’s every need. Did I mention every?

This was a sweet and fun rom-com that I listened to in just a few sittings. Narrated by Jason Clarke and Stella Bloom, both did a fantastic job bringing the characters to life.

Looking forward to reading (listening) to more from this author.

Thank you to NetGalley and Macmillan Audio 🎧

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Stranded by Sarah Goodwin @AvonBooksUK @NetGalley #thriller #bookblogger #bookreview

Kaceey’s Review:

Just what lengths would you go to be on a reality TV show? For that matter, and maybe even more interesting, how far will the producers go to have a hit show!?

Think Survivor…but on steroids!

Eight strangers, deposited on a remote island to fully live off the grid. Do they have what it takes to build a community? Come together as a team to successfully coexist? Or will it become every man for himself, a survival of the fittest? Leaving the weaker members in jeopardy.

Maddy is thrilled to be chosen as one of the contestants. She’s lived an extremely sheltered life under the wing of her parents. Now with the chance to be on her own, she’s anxious to jump in with both feet. But given her overly-protective back-ground, can she fit in? Or is she bringing too much drama and unresolved issues?

Sarah Goodwin writes a chilling unputdownable thriller that will keep you super-glued to the pages as the storyline plays out. Precisely what the producers of this reality show wanted! Lol!🍿📺

Thank you to NetGalley and Avon Books UK.

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The Dark Hours by Michael Connelly (Renee Ballard, #4, Harry Bosch Universe, # 35) @Connellybooks @littlebrown @NetGalley #mystery #suspense #characterdrivenfiction #thriller #bookreview #bookblogger #harrybosch

Susanne’s Review:

Nowadays, times appear rougher than they used to be. Danger shows itself in different ways.  Here and now, you can’t always see what’s right in front of your face simply because everyone is hiding behind a mask and Covid is ever-present. 

Never one to shy away from reality, Michael Connelly’s new novel, The Dark Hours brings it home. 

It’s in The Dark Hours that  Detective Renee Ballard does her best work.  She is a night owl and she loves flying solo. When a homicide occurs on her watch in the Late Shift, she wants it, even if the investigation should go to the detectives in the Hollywood Division. Once she dives into the case, what she finds, makes her want it even more. Her case links to an old unsolved crime, a cold case of retired Detective Harry Bosch’s, and wouldn’t you know it, the two decide to work together to solve them both.  

Ballard, of course, investigates other crimes as well, one of which involves several women assaulted in their homes, in the middle of the night, by a group called The Midnight Men, which brings about a different type of danger altogether.

This was a nail-biter, to say the least!

A very well-written, well-done police procedural, which took place during the pandemic.  Something very few authors even attempt.  I truly appreciated the care that Michael Connelly took, to center a police procedural in and around the pandemic and give major kudos to him for that.  

What I love most about this series is the camaraderie between Ballard and Bosch which warms my heart. If you know me, you know how much I love these characters, Harry Bosch specifically.  I could, in fact, wax poetic about my love for Harry Bosch (and have, in many a book review in this series, lol).  While I wish that Bosch took a more prominent role here, I still adored this novel and love the character of Renee Ballard. It’s clear that there will be some changes in store for both of these characters and I look forward to seeing where life takes them. 

A huge thank you to Little Brown and Company and NetGalley for the arc. Thank you for always being so generous in feeding my Harry Bosch obsession (lol). 

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It Started with a Dog (Lucky Dog #2) by Julia London @JuliaFLondon @BerkleyPub @NetGalley #romcom #contemporaryfiction #bookbloggers #rottiepuppy

Susanne’s Review:

Seriously Cute, though a Tad Predictable.

A Ridiculous Lyft Share Ends with an Inadvertent Phone Swap and a Meet Cute.

If only life worked out this way, for real!  Ha.

When Harper Thompson and Jonah Rodgers inadvertently swap phones during a wild Lyft share, they of course start swapping text messages. The fact that they are both cute, single, and live in the same city is a bonus!

Nothing could tear these two apart, except, of course, their career aspirations.  

Love, of course, prevails!

If you’re a dog lover, this book is definitely for you!  If you don’t have an animal in your life, watch out as this book is going to make you want to rescue one asap!

A cute weekend buddy read with Kaceey.

Thank you to Elisha at Berkley Publishing Group via NetGalley for the arc.

Kaceey’s Review:

For all dog lovers!🐶 

A sweet, warm, and fuzzy rom-com sure to put a big smile on your face. And very possibly, have you seriously considering adopting a rescue.😉 

Harper and Jonah are two strangers, desperate to get out of town as the Christmas travel rush is in full swing. 

Now the two fatefully share a ride to the airport. When their five-star rated driver unexpectedly hits the brakes, everyone’s phones are sent flying. In all the confusion, Jonah and Harper accidentally end up with each other’s phones. What ensues is hilarious! 

Can you even imagine a total stranger going through your phone? Reading all your texts… Ogling at all your pictures. Yes, all of them.🙈. Eeks! Umm, Just a thought…Lock your phone everyone!! 

When they finally re-connect to return the phones to their rightful owners, it’s a deep crush at first sight. And well, of course, they feel like they’ve known each other for years. No doubt, due in no small part from all that snooping into the other’s phones?🤔. And it certainly didn’t hurt that Jonah’s screen-saver was of his dog Truck. He’s got to be a good guy…right?💁🏻‍♀️ 

This was an extremely heart-warming and cute rom-com. And though almost every rom-com follows a formula, I must admit this one was highly predictable. But it was still entertaining and time well spent! 

A weekend rom-com buddy read with Susanne. 

Thank you to NetGalley and Elisha at Berkley Publishing 

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No One Will Miss Her by Kat Rosenfield @katrosenfield @WmMorrowBooks @NetGalley #mystery #suspense #bookreview

Kaceey’s Review:

Are you tired of the same old thriller? Ready for something just a bit different? Look no further, my thriller friends! 

Lizzie Oulette seemed destined to be on the outside looking in. Never accepted by her peers growing up. And even though she married a local guy, still finds herself cruelly left out of any social gathering. 

And things just got considerably worse for poor Lizzie. Her body has been discovered and her husband has suspiciously disappeared. The evidence trail leads detective Ian Bird to a disgraced socialite couple who had previously rented a remote cabin from Lizzie.  

The storyline plays out with Lizzie herself describing the events leading up to the killing. Can you put the pieces together? Can Detective Bird solve the mystery? 

This was a cleverly plotted thriller that felt so different from the “formulary thrillers” we‘ve all been accustomed to reading lately. 

It was shocking, with some tasty jaw-dropping moments along the way. Now that’s more like it! Everything I could want and hope for (but rarely find) in my thrillers. 

My first read by this author and anxiously await her next release! 

A buddy read with Susanne 

Thank you to NetGalley and William Morrow and Custom House

Susanne’s Review:

Sheer Craziness!

When Lizzie Oullette’s body is found in her lake house, it sends the community of Copper Falls into a tailspin.  

The investigation into Lizzie’s death leads Detectives to the wealthy Adrienne Richards.  Adrienne is hiding something.  The question, however, is what?

Nothing is as it seems in this wild tale.  

Deception at its absolute best, No One Will Miss Her will have your head spinning in every direction.

A buddy read with Kaceey that left us both highly entertained.

Thank you to NetGalley, William Morrow and Custom House, and Kat Rosenfield for the arc.

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Cul-de-sac by Joy Fielding @joyfielding @randomhouse @NetGalley #Thriller #Suspense #Contemporary #Bookblogger #Bookreview

Kaceey’s Review:


Oh what scandalous, delectable fun!  

I just adore neighborhood books and this was among the best of them

A shot rings out in the night. One neighbor is dead. Of course, everyone wants answers. 

Although there’s a considerable list of characters in this book, Ms. Fielding did an amazing job of bringing vivid depth and life to all of them. At no time did I have any difficulties keeping them apart.   

The storyline unfolds from multiple POV. and I enjoyed them all. Once again, I think we can all agree, no one ever really knows what goes on behind closed doors. 

My third read from this author and my favorite to date and can’t wait to see what she conjures up next.  Meanwhile, I have an enormous backlog of her books to keep me busy!🤓🍿

 Enjoy domestic drama? Make sure this book is on your list!  

Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group Ballantine for granting my wish. 

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The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun @AlisonCochrun @AtriaBooks @NetGalley #lgbtqia #romcom #fiction #contemporaryfiction #mentalhealth #bookreview #bookblogger

Susanne’s Review:

So much more than a Rom-Com!

Have you ever gone into a book expecting one thing and getting something else entirely?  Well, that is exactly what happened to me when reading The Charm Offensive.  I expected an LGBTQIA+ rom-com, and what I got was a book centering around acceptance, identity, mental health, self-esteem, self-love, sexual identity, romance, and of course, so much more. 

To say that my cup runneth over while reading this one isn’t enough!

This book, my friends, captures ALL OF THE FEELS and centers around extremely important themes as well.  What’s not to love?!  

I adored the characters of Dev and Charlie, and couldn’t believe the sparks that flew between the two.  What I also loved was how the relationship developed between these two, and how well they communicated.  This is how relationships should be my friends!

While the premise of this novel sounds familiar: there’s a twist (it’s not just a dating show!) that will immediately make you laugh and smile, whether LGBTQIA+ rom-coms are your thing or not. 

What I’m trying to say is that this book will just automatically make you CHEER FOR LOVE! 

Huge props to Alison Cochrun for writing this fabulous story.  Let me just say that I will read anything you write from here on out.  

Thank you to Isabel DaSilva, Atria Books, and NetGalley for the arc. 

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Dark Horse (Orphan X, #7) by Gregg Hurwitz @GreggHurwitz @MinotaurBooks @NetGalley #fiction #suspense #mystery #bookreview #bookblogger

Susanne’s Review:

Dark Times, They are Upon Us.  

For the first time ever, I must admit to skimming an Orphan X novel.  I’m sorry to say it but Dark Horse didn’t thrill me.  

After the last Orphan X novel, Prodigal Son, I was eagerly awaiting this one. You might even say that I was waiting for this one with bated breath.  What I got was a big letdown.

Here, Evan Smoak helps find the daughter of Aragon Urrea, a drug kingpin, after she is kidnapped.  Mr. Urrea is not a good man and yet, his daughter is not responsible for his actions, calling into question ethics and morality, which is something Evan must explore.

For me, unfortunately, much of that storyline was a drag.  What I did love, however, was the return of Joey Morales.  That girl is a hoot and a half!  The interaction between her and Evan saved the day for me. Then there was Evan’s relationship with Mia and her son Peter, which gave us all some heart palpitations.

While this one wasn’t my favorite, I look forward to seeing what happens next.

A buddy read with Kaceey.

Thank you to NetGalley, Minotaur Books and Gregg Hurwitz for the arc.

Published on Goodreads, Twitter, and Instagram.

Kaceey’s Review:

Once again I have been let down by the man of my dreams. Well in this case – book dreams!

I have been crushing on Evan Smoak since book one. And love joining him on all his adventures. But this latest… well maybe I should have sat it out.

Evan is off to South Texas. With a few stop across the border. He is desperately trying to save the life of the daughter of a known drug kingpin named Aragon. Can Evan infiltrate the Mexican drug cartel and rescue her before it’s too late?

Evan Smoak known as Orphan X is my kind of super hero. And yes, you need to suspend some (ok a lot) of believability in order to enjoy his escapades. And with all the previous books I could. But this once Evan was asking a bit too much from me. I just couldn’t do it. Yes he is a bad ass and can take on just about anything or anyone. But an entire Cartel …well…

Evan, I still love ya! And will be sitting her (im)patiently waiting for your next adventure.

A buddy read with Susanne that left us both a bit disappointed.

Thank you to NetGalley and Minotaur Books.

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Razorblade Tears by S. A. Cosby #sacosby @MacmillanAudio @NetGalley #fiction #mystery

Susanne’s Review:

Justice, Revenge, and Vengeance.  

Sometimes there is a fine line between them and such is the case in S. A. Cosby’s Razorblade Tears.

If only I had loved this book.  For me, a lot was missing.  First, I did not feel a connection to the characters of Ike and Buddy Lee, whose gay sons were murdered, and sadly I felt that this book was full of stereotypes and left a lot to be desired.  

The truth is, I went into this novel with trepidation – I liked this author’s prior book, Blacktop Wasteland, but didn’t quite love it.  As it turns out, I was right to be concerned going into this.  There is A LOT of homophobia and violence in this novel and for me, both were turnoffs.  Admittedly, when discussing the amount of violence in this book with Kaceey, my book buddy with whom I read this novel, I said that sadly, I felt that it was realistic given where we are in this nation, and for that reason, the level of violence didn’t bother me.  In thinking it over, however, that did not make it ok. There were so many stereotypes here: homophobic, racist, sexist, white men who at the end of the novel had a change of heart, about their sons and the world, it bordered on ridiculous. 

What I will say however is that S. A. Cosby is an excellent writer and his storytelling skills are fabulous. While I’m not sure that I’m the right reader for his novels, I urge all of you to read other reviews as almost everyone else has loved his novels.  

This was a buddy read with Ms. Kaceey.  So glad we got to discuss this one and share our thoughts Kaceey!

Thank you to NetGalley and MacMillan Audio for the alc.

Published on Goodreads and Twitter. 

Kaceey’s Review:

Two very different men brought together by the deaths of their sons. 

Ike and Buddy Lee’s sons were happily married and raising a beautiful daughter. When the young couple is brutally murdered their fathers are left with profound grief…and guilt. Neither were ever able to accept their son’s lifestyle during their lives, now cut so horribly short. But is it truly too late for them? As they both struggle with the incomprehensible loss, is there hope in all the pain they may come to accept their sons and the love they had for one other? 

One thing is certain…Buddy Lee feels the deaths must be avenged! In his mind, the police are doing little to find the killers. The two fathers team up, determined to bring some justice to their son’s death (by whatever means necessary.) 

I absolutely loved S.A. Cosby’s previous book Blacktop Wasteland and I was certain I’d be placing this latest release right next to it on my favorites’ shelf. But alas, it wasn’t meant to be. It just didn’t connect to me the same way.  

Perhaps it was the violence. Yes, my fellow readers, the violence was outrageously over the top. (in my humble opinion.) This gal just didn’t have the stomach for it, finding myself skimming over some of those darker scenes in order to make it through the book.  

However, on the bright side, I listened to the audio version and felt the narrator did a fabulous job in the telling of the story. 

There are so many five-star reviews for this book. So perhaps this book will work out better for you.

A buddy read with Susanne 

Thank you to NetGalley and Macmillan Audio

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The Forever Girl (Wildstone #6) by Jill Shalvis #jillshalvis #fiction #contemporaryfiction #womensfiction #libraryloan

Susanne’s Review:

There’s just something about Wildstone.

Returning to Wildstone for her best friend’s wedding isn’t easy.  After all, it’s been several years and Maze walked away for a reason.  Leaving everyone behind broke her heart.  Once part of a foster family that included her estranged best friend Cat, baby sister Heather, and Walker, the man who stole her heart, Maze has been wandering since the moment she left. Back together for Cat’s wedding, this family has a lot of history to work through.

Maze and Walker have a past.  One they can’t fight, though Maze tries to.  Walker however wants nothing more than to be with Maze, if only she’ll have him.

A novel about the family you choose and letting bygones be bygones.  

If you’re looking for a series to dive into, I highly recommend this one!

Thank you to my library for loaning me a copy of the audiobook.

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Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead (Finlay Donovan #2) by Ellie Cosimano @ElleCosimano @MinotaurBooks @NetGalley

Kaceey’s Review:

Shes at it again!  

Finlay Donovan is a mystery novelist currently (well, almost always) in the throes of yet another writer’s block. The primary inspiration for her next book will come from her everyday life. Because Finlay’s life is in fact, just crazy enough to work as a piece of fiction! I believe the saying is, “you can’t make this stuff up!” 

Finlay discovers that someone wants her ex, dead (other than her). So now it’s a race against time to find who’s putting this bounty on his head and bring it to a grinding halt, if for no other reason than to protect her children.   

Finlay is such a fun and quirky character. You cant help but love her. Shell keep you amused and chuckling throughout!   

If you’re looking for a light read that will have you rolling your eyes, (strictly from all the shenanigans) look no further. This book can definitely be read as a stand-alone. But as always, I highly recommend starting with book one Finlay Donovan Is Killing It. You’ll be glad you did! 

A buddy read with Susanne  

Thank you to NetGalley and Minotaur Books for an Arc to read and review. 

Susanne’s Review:

We Have a Winner, My Friends!  Finlay Donovan Knocks it out of the Park!

Wild, Crazy Hilarity Ensues in Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead.  

Finlay and Vero are back and this time, they are trying to save Finlay’s ex-husband.  It appears that someone has put a hit out on him and as the father of her kids, Finlay, does her absolute best to save him.

There is lots of laughter and levity to be found in this second book in the series, whether it’s when Finlay and Vero are off saving Steven from the hit men or while watching Finlay flesh out the details of her next manuscript, which is in fact, a doozy.  Though this is a tad over the top, this is exactly what was needed during these stressful times.

Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead is a fun, engaging, suspenseful read.  If you haven’t checked out this series, I highly recommend it.

Another fabulous buddy read with Kaceey.

Thank you to Minotaur Books and NetGalley for the arc.

Published on Goodreads, Twitter and Instagram.  

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We Are the Brennans by Tracey Lange @tracey_lange @CeladonBooks #fiction #contemporaryfiction #literaryfiction #bookbloggers #bookcommunity

Susanne’s Review:

Guilt, Secrets, Trials & Tribulations. 

Life in an Irish Catholic Family.  

Five years ago, Sunday Brennan fled her family, friends, and her significant other Kale, in New York and moved to Los Angeles.  She has been running ever since.  The morning she wakes up in an LA hospital after crashing her car into a barricade, everything comes to a screeching halt.  Literally.  

Now that Sunday is back in New York, she is trying to mend fences with her three brothers and with Kale, her ex, all of whom have secrets and problems of their own. 

No one and I mean no one, is left unscathed, once everything is laid bare.  

Emotions are high throughout and I admit to feeling much of what the characters did, which is a huge testament to the writing.

This is a character-driven familial drama involving issues such as love, loss, guilt, shame, and abandonment.  A well-written debut by Tracey Lange. I look forward to seeing what she comes out with next.

This was a buddy read with Ms. Kaceey, which we both enjoyed.

Thank you to Celadon Books for the arc.

Published on Goodreads, Instagram, and Twitter. 

Kaceey’s Review:

Family lives appear quite different when viewed from the outside looking in. 

The Brennan’s. A proud Irish American family who, through the toughest times, would always have each other’s backs. That’s just how it is. 

A horrible car accident leaves Sunday Brennan severely battered in the hospital. From the other side of the country, it’s her brother who rushes to her side to help pick up the pieces and bring her back home to the family. It’s what family does. 

Sunday does return, but the demons that chased her away are back and waiting to welcome her home. 

You must face the past in order to move forward. 

Told from multiple perspectives, each chapter flowed seamlessly into the next. I never had any issues figuring out who was narrating at that moment. 

A wonderfully written account of what family truly means. How you see yourself within that family, versus how those on the outside view you and yours. 

A quick read that kept my attention throughout. I was fond of all the characters and how they were portrayed. And most importantly, the strong, deep love within the family that continually shined through. 

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 

A buddy read with Susanne 

Thank you to Celadon Books. 

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No Hiding in Boise by Kim Hooper @KimHooperWrites @Dreamscapeaudio @NetGalley #fiction #mystery #characterdrivenfiction

Kaceey’s Review:

One of my favorite audios of the year!🤩 

A mass shooting at a popular, local bar in Boise. That’s right, Idaho! Where violent crime isn’t supposed to be and has never been front and center. And without warning… there it was. 

Cleverly told from multiple perspectives. Giving you a front-row seat, experiencing the impact of the event from all sides. The shooter, the victims, and the devastated families left behind on both sides.  

Can I just say it, WOW? Let me repeat…“WOW”!  

The audio version was positively captivating. With separate narrators for every character. Each voice is equally spectacular! (A rare treat.) 

I absolutely devoured this audio in two sittings. So caught up in the storyline in fact, that the world went around me without notice for a total of 9 hours and 38 minutes. I think we can all agree that’s a good thing! 

If you enjoy audiobooks with multiple narrators, then this is a must 🎧 for you. 

A buddy read with Susanne. 

Thank you to NetGalley and Dreamscape Media LLC. 

Susanne’s Review:

I’m not sure I have the words. Stories of Mass Shootings break me. After all, I lived in the town bordering one of the worst ones in history, and know more about it than most, but I digress..

No Hiding in Boise is powerful, dynamic, heart-wrenching, character-driven fiction at its best.  A mass shooting in a bar in Boise, Idaho.  Five people are gunned down, and two people are injured, before the shooter turns the gun on himself.  As I write those words, I have heart palpitations and tears in my eyes.  For that, I will explain later.  

The story centers around three main characters:

Angie, whose husband Cale, was at the bar that night, was shot and now lies in a coma;

Tessa, the bartender who survived the shooting; and

Joyce, mother of the shooter.

Three women whose lives are forever changed and who are forever intertwined. 

Alternating between the past and the present we learn what brought Cale to the bar that night, and what exactly happened. Other points of view are introduced throughout, but it is Angie, Tessa, and Joyce who drive this story forward and who held my heart in their hands.  It was Joyce for whom I felt the most sympathy, Joyce who tried to make sense of the loss, pain, and tragedy that evoked the most emotion out of me. 

Everything about this novel is brilliantly done, the writing, the characterizations, the realism, the heartache, the devastation, all of it.  I listened to the audiobook with Kaceey and we were both blown away by the narration.  Huge props go to each narrator and of course to the author for writing such an incredible piece of fiction.   

For me, however, this brought forth a whole host of emotions that I was ill-prepared for. I admit to not reading the synopsis or reviews before requesting this book. Had I actually known what this book was about, I’m not sure I would have grabbed it, as I lived in Connecticut for most of my life and during 2007-2015, I lived in the town bordering Sandy Hook and lived there during the Sandy Hook Shooting. Unfortunately, I know several families who suffered grave loss and due to my former career, have insight into that event that I wish I did not. It was therefore with a very heavy heart that I listened to this book, often having to take breaks due to feeling anxious, with tears often streaming down my face. Thankfully, I had Kaceey to lean on, while listening to this.

Although this novel absolutely wrecked me due to the content, it was phenomenal and I highly recommend it, with the disclaimer that this book may not be for everyone.

A buddy listen with Kaceey.

Thank you to NetGalley, Dreamscape Media, and Kim Hooper for the alc.

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Stolen by Tess Stimson @tessjstimson @AvonBooksUK @NetGalley #thriller #fiction #bookblogger #bookreview

Kaceey’s Review:

It takes only a single moment….or in this case four hours. And poof, a child is gone.  

Alex has flown half-way around the world, from the UK to Florida to attend a destination wedding of her best friend Marc. Alex’s three year old daughter, Lottie is to be one of the bridesmaids.   

It happened in the blink of an eye. All it took was for Alex to look away and Lottie vanished into thin air.   

The nightmare begins, the clock is ticking… 

No stone left unturned. 

Is Alex going to un-cover the mystery of what happened to her dear Lottie? Am I going to spill the beans and reveal anything? Of course not! Pick it up and find out for yourself!🤣 

Tess Stimson writes a crafty, taught psychological thriller that will keep you guessing all the way through. 

Once again, I was duped thinking I had this figured out nearly from the start. And couldn’t have been more wrong!🤦🏻‍♀️ 

The ending is a bit ‘out there.’ So be prepared to suspend some believability. I was also left with a few unanswered questions. Overall, this book grabbed my attention and held it throughout. Hope it will do the same for you! 

Thank you to NetGalley and Avon Books UK. 

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Dark Roads by Chevy Stevens @ChevyStevens @StMartinsPress @NetGalley #fiction #thriller #bookreview #bookblogger

Kaceey’s Review:

Hailey was raised in Cold Creek British Columbia. A quaint, picturesque mountain town known for its striking beauty. And oh yeah…it’s also notorious for a string of unsolved murders of local girls.   

After Hailey’s father dies, she’s taken in by her aunt and her husband, a long-serving member of the local police dept. Hailey can’t ignore the creepy, bad vibe she’s getting from him. So unsettling in fact, she’s starting to believe she may actually be safer taking to the wilderness rather than living under the same roof as him. 

I loved Hailey’s character. Such a courageous, strong young woman whose survival instincts were amazing. And adored her connection with her trusty dog Wolf. 🐶💖 

Chevy Stevens creates a chilling and suspenseful read that’ll keep you engaged throughout.   

I was positive I had this one figured out (a few times in fact) only to be surprised by the end. Just the way I like it!   

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press 

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The Layover by Lacie Waldon @LacieWaldon #librarybook #audio #romcom #fiction

Susanne’s Review:

Let’s hear it for this PG-rated Rom-Com!

The Layover by Lacie Waldon comes highly recommended by my friend Jayme.  Based on her review, I requested the audio from my library and decided to give it a go.  Luckily for me, it was a winner.

Ava Green is a flight attendant who is preparing for her last flight.  She is engaged to be married and her fiance doesn’t want her working after they marry.  Her last trip is a flight to Belize with another flight attendant she has secretly (or not so secretly) despised for years.  A gorgeous man named Jack, who gets under her skin, in more ways than one.

This three-day trip turns out to be more than Ava bargained for.  Bonding with all of the flight attendants on board, including Jack and Ava goes on a journey of self-discovery and realizes what she really wants in life.

A sexy & smart rom-com that includes lots of fun, witty banter, The Layover was a nice distraction from real life. 

Thanks again to Jayme for her fabulous review.

Thank you also to my library for loaning me a copy of the audio.

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Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney #sallyrooney @librofm @MacmillanAudio #fiction #literaryfiction #bookreviewer

Susanne’s Review:

What can I say?:  Sally Rooney has something that I don’t believe that many other authors have and what is even more spectacular is that she can put it down on paper.  She has a deep, innate understanding of life, love, friendships, and relationships, and that is intangible. 

Beautiful World, Where Are You” is the story of life.  People who interact with one another and who form relationships of one kind or another.  Friends, perhaps lovers and who at times, are unable to communicate their thoughts and feelings properly, and because of that, their relationships suffer. 

Here we have Eileen and Alice, who are best friends, though they haven’t seen each other in years and communicate only via email.  Alice is a famous author, who dates a man named Felix, who is elusive, difficult, and brooding.  Felix likes Alice though he treats her poorly at times, and is often unable to give her exactly what she needs. Eileen’s other best friend is Simon, with whom she has been friends since childhood. The two have had unresolved feelings for each other forever, though they have always had a hard time expressing themselves and always misunderstand each other.  Life for these four is at times easy and at other times, complicated as hell, but then that’s life. 

In Beautiful World, Where Are You, Sally Rooney delves into these relationships with a deft hand.  Diving deep and identifying every multifaceted aspect of the relationships between both friends and lovers.  My takeaway?  Nothing is ever easy and yet, everything worth having is worth working towards.  

I had been eagerly awaiting Ms. Rooney’s next novel and it was worth the wait.  While I didn’t quite love this as much as either Conversations with Friends or my absolute favorite novel of hers, Normal People, I really enjoyed this book and look forward to her next novel. This once again showcased Sally Rooney’s writing style and her brilliant understanding of people, humanity, and of relationships.

Thank you to Libro.fm and Macmillan Audio for the alc.

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The Last Guests by J.P. Pomare @JPPomare @mulhollandbooks @NetGalley #thriller #mystery #suspense #bookbloggers #reviewers

Kaceey’s Review:

I’ve consistently been a huge fan of J.P. Pomare. I’m always guaranteed a clever, super-twisty thriller. Once again, this latest release was no exception.  

Lina and Cain are barely getting by financially. They decide to use Lina’s lakeside vacation home as an Airbnb for some much-needed extra income. While Cain is all in, Lina has more than just a few moments of hesitation. Deep concern to be more precise. But come on, what could go wrong?! What could go wrong indeed! If you’re familiar with the author (as I am) buckle up everyone! He will twist this premise into knots in ways you could never imagine.  

You may very well think twice before booking your next Airbnb vacation!😎 

Lina and Cain are both highly-developed characters that are flawed, and yes, hiding plenty of secrets! Is the past about to catch up to both of them? 

I had suspicions about where the storyline was headed…but of course, no answers. And I was gleefully kept in the dark right to the end. Just the way I like it!  

A buddy read with Susanne! 

Thank you to NetGalley and Mulholland Books 

Susanne’s Review:

I’m not sure I have the words.

I wanted to like this one. Really I did, and at first, I was intrigued. Hidden cameras installed in Airbnbs to spy on guests. Consider me creeped out!  

I guess it’s a good thing I haven’t traveled in over 2 years.

So let’s dive in to see where it went off the deep end: Lina and her husband Cain are our main characters. Lina is a naughty little girl. She’s not just naughty, she’s very naughty. Of course, it comes back to bite her in the worst of ways. Shocker!

Owners of property on Lake Tarawera, Lina and Cain decide to rent it out on weekends for extra income. That of course turns out to be a big mistake. HUGE.

I wish I could say I felt sorry for them.

A deadly game of cat and mouse. A pulse-pounding mystery/suspense that had me from the get-go and lost me fairly quickly. 

Perhaps it was because I didn’t quite care about the characters or because I felt that the plot was completely far-fetched and was simply unable to suspend my disbelief. In the end, unfortunately, The Last Guests just wasn’t for me. I am however, one of a few reviewers who didn’t quite love this, all other reviewers were thrilled by this, including my book buddy Kaceey, who liked this one much more than I did.s

Thank you to Mulholland Books via NetGalley for the arc. 

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The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell @lisajewelluk @AtriaBooks @NetGalley #thriller #suspense #fiction #bookblog #bookreviewers

Kaceey’s Review:

A night out in the town… a possible engagement. 

Zach has been diligently saving his money and finally has enough to take his girlfriend, mother of his child, Tallulah out for a much-deserved romantic dinner. 

But when the young lovers vanish without a trace, only Tallulah’s mother fears something horrible has happened. 

Told in two timelines.  

2017 – Tallulah is a 19-year-old new mother, just discovering what she truly wants in life. Specifically, whether that includes the father of her baby or not. 

2019 – Sophie moves in with her boyfriend after he lands a job at a boarding school. Sophie is a mystery writer who now finds herself quickly drawn into a mystery of her own. 

I usually love dual timelines but I found myself a bit confused, as the difference was a mere 2 years. 

I did, enjoy Tallulah’s character. Her dedication and love for her child, while struggling with the desire to live the life of a carefree young adult. 

I am a huge fan of this author and already looking forward to her next release. 

A buddy read with Susanne. 

Thank you to Ariele Friedman at Atria Books for the arc via NetGalley.

Susanne’s Review:

Creepy and Mysterious.

2017: The night teenage mum Tallulah and her boyfriend Zach disappear, no one can find any clue as to what happened to them, not their parents, or the police. Tallulah’s mum Kim was left to care for Tallulah’s son when it happened and now she is his primary caregiver.  All Kim wants are answers and there are none to be had.

Desperate, Kim will stop at nothing to find her daughter.

2019:  When Sophie moves to the area with her boyfriend who is headteacher at the boarding school where one of the students went missing a little over a year ago, she can’t help but begin researching what happened. She is after all a novelist, and curiosity always gets the better of her. Once clues begin appearing, Sophie is of course, all in.

A novel that alternates between timelines with each chapter, your pulse pounds as you try to unravel the mystery of what happened to Tallulah and her boyfriend on that fateful night.  

A well-done mystery/suspense by the fabulous Lisa Jewell, The Night She Disappeared was both captivating and intriguing and I highly recommend it.  I quite enjoyed it, though not as much as some of Lisa Jewell’s prior novels, simply because I admit to being a bit befuddled by the ending. I still don’t quite get it but haven’t since gotten over it…ha! 

A buddy read with Kaceey.

Thank you to the incredible Ariele Friedman at Atria Books for the arc via NetGalley.

Published on Goodreads, Twitter, and Instagram. 

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Such A Quiet Place by Megan Miranda @MeganLMiranda @simonschuster @goodreads #GoodreadsGiveaway #thriller #mystery #fiction #bookreview #bookblogger

Kaceey’s Review:

Typically, neighborhood-based thrillers are some of my favorites. It makes me question what could be going on down my own street. And has me thanking my lucky stars that I live in a quiet, bucolic neighborhood. Though a new couple did just move in at the end of the block. So, we shall see! I will need to keep a discrete (or not so much) watchful eye on them!🧐 

A murder in the Hollow’s Edge neighborhood. Once a prestigious and highly sought-after residence. Now the remaining home owners can’t even sell their homes.   

To further complicate things, one of their “good neighbors” Ruby, had been convicted of that very killing! Shockingly, that verdict was recently overturned and Ruby has now returned to pick-up where she left off.   

Everyone remains convinced she’s still guilty, literally getting away with murder. So what if she truly is innocent? What exactly does that mean for everyone else on the block!? 

I struggled with this book from the start. There were so many characters that I simply couldn’t keep them straight throughout the entire read.  

The big reveal of the mystery behind the killing was a considerable let down for me as well.   

Even given my disappointment, I’ve enjoyed this author in the past and won’t hesitate reaching for her next project. 

A buddy read with Susanne

Thank you to Goodreads Giveaway. 

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You Love Me by Caroline Kepnes @CarolineKepnes @randomhouse @NetGalley #thriller #fiction #bookreview #bookblogger

Kaceey’s Review:

Oh Joe! I loved you…then I lost you. And I’m not sure we can get that spark back.💁🏻‍♀️ 

Joe is ready to start fresh. Perhaps this time a small, quaint town in the Pacific Northwest. It’s beautiful, serene, a great place for a new beginning.   

Fingers crossed, hopefully this time it will work with the stunning Mary Kay. If Joe can just be patient (not his strong suit) perhaps she’ll come around. She must know they were meant to be. Destiny. And nothing can stop Joe…this time!  

I absolutely loved book one,You. But sadly, this series has slowly lost its shine. Joe is the psychopath everyone loves and roots for. I hate to say it but I’m growing just a bit tired of him. You lost your Mojo, Joe! It now feels rather forced.   

This third installment of the series just didn’t hold my attention. I needed Joe to do something! Anything!  

Sorry Joe… but you and I just might be parting ways!😢🤷🏻‍♀️ 

A buddy read with Susanne 🤓📚 

Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Publishing for granting my wish

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The People We Keep by Allison Larkin @AllieLarkin @GalleryBooks @NetGalley #fiction #contemporaryfiction #bookreviewer #bookblogger

Susanne’s Review:

5 Resounding Stars for this beautifully written, heartfelt novel.

A coming of age, character-driven novel with a whole lot of soul, “The People We Keep” by Allison Larkin is a novel that resonated deep within my heart. The premise is one that I know and know well:  Struggle, survival, trials, and tribulations. Making lemonade out of lemons and of course, my very favorite, the idea that sometimes family isn’t the one you’re born with, but the one you choose for yourself.  

April is a girl who drew the short straw and then some. Her mom left and her dad has all but abandoned her.  She could have given up a million times, yet that isn’t in her nature. Instead, she packs her bags in search of a place to call home.  In doing so, she finds so much more. 

Full of friendship, love, and life lessons, this novel teaches you that when life gets tough, not only can you survive, you can thrive, and you can find your tribe along the way. 

An incredibly heart-wrenching read that will definitely go on my Goodreads-Best-of-List for 2021.

A huge thank you goes out to Gallery Books via NetGalley for the arc.