The New Neighbor by Carter Wilson @PPPress #goodreadsgiveaways #thriller #fiction #bookblogger #bookreview

Kaceey’s Review:

Inconceivable… that you could possibly experience the best and worst day of your life all at the same time?

Aidan has lost the love of his life. The woman who grounded him. Completed him. The mother of his precious twins. Now he’s not sure he can even put one foot in front of the other.

During his last precious moment saying goodbye at his wife’s burial, his phone chimes with an incoming text. Giving it an agitated glance he notices yet another text with the winning Powerball numbers. The very same numbers he’s been playing for years. 

In this time of his most profound loss and sorrow…Aidan has won the greatest prize.

“Crack”

Did you hear that?! Was that a tree limb breaking in the graveyard?  Or is it Aidan’s soul shattering.

He immediately moves his family to Bury, New Hampshire to start over. But the grand home he just bought comes with a dark history. The previous owners all mysteriously vanished.  Now Aiden is receiving threatening letters stating “we are watching you”. The tension ramps up as you witness Aiden imploding. 

Carter Wilson once again writes a gripping and suspenseful thriller that’ll keep you glued to the pages. In fact, I devoured it in one day. With short chapters that leave you hanging, I had no choice but to keep going…I simply couldn’t stop!

My third read by this author and looking forward to his next!

Thank you to Goodreads Giveaways.

Bet On It by Jodie Slaughter @JodieSlaughter @StMartinsPress @NetGalley #romance #fiction #bookreview #bookblogger

Kaceey’s Review:

Bingo! This was just the 🔥 rom-com I was hoping for.

Aja just moved to Greenbelt, South Carolina. A more desirable, smaller town. A quiet place where she can more easily manage her daily struggles with anxiety. And today is no exception. A simple shopping trip to the local Piggly-Wiggly has Aja frozen in place, ironically enough, next to the frozen foods section in the midst of a full blown anxiety attack. 

A simple gesture of kindness from a stranger

Walker instinctively recognizes what’s happening to Aja and offers to simply stand by her side until the attack passes. He understands only too well, because he too deals with the same issue. And yet another chance encounter finds the two meeting again at the Wednesday night bingo event.

I‘ve noticed lately that many rom-coms have started delving into heavier topics such as mental health. Jodie Slaughter does an exquisite job of shining a light on many of the effects anxiety can have in someone’s life. The support and love from their families and friends was truly touching and heartfelt.

I loved both characters as they navigated their way towards love while also looking after their own hearts and minds. The attraction and chemistry felt oh so real. 

Looking forward to reading more from this very talented author.

⚠️ be prepared…this is a very spicy rom com!

Thank you to NetGalley and St Martins Press

The Overnight Guest by Heather Gudenkauf @hgudenkauf @htp_books @parkrowbooks @NetGalley #mystery #thriller #bookbloggers

Kaceey’s Review:

This is one of my favorite types of thrillers. Multiple storylines and leaving it up to you, the reader/amateur armchair detective, to connect all the dots and just maybe figure out how it will all come together. Who’s up for the challenge?💁🏻‍♀️ 

Wylie is a true-crime author. She presently rents a secluded home in the middle of nowhere to finish her latest book. Who could have predicted she’d find herself in the middle of a massive blizzard, leaving her cut off from everyone?  

Josie is an average twelve-year-old girl who’s having her best friend Beckie sleep-over. Unfortunately, and sadly, there’s a great deal of tension in Josie’s home between the parents and the brother. This may not turn out to be the carefree, fun-filled night they were hoping for. 

There is one more crucial storyline threaded into this book. But what kind of a friend would I be if I spilled the beans?! You’ll just have to let it unfold as you read along. No spoilers here!.🤫 

Some of the twists I saw coming, and others totally surprised me. To me, that’s a great combo. When I finished, I actually went back to skim a few parts to see how I missed some of the shockers. And yup!🙋🏻‍♀️. The trail was right there, hidden in plain sight. I just missed it. Might be losing my touch! Lol! 

Heather Gudenkauf writes a superb, captivating😉 thriller that just might keep you guessing throughout! 

I flew through this book in only a few sittings. It was supposed to be a buddy read but sadly I left Susanne far behind as I just couldn’t put it down. (Sorry Susanne)💕 

I’ve always enjoyed this author’s works in the past and am looking forward to her next. 

A pseudo-buddy read with Susanne🤣💞 

Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin Trade Publishing.

Susanne’s Review:

A mystery suspense that will keep you guessing till the very end!

This is how you do it, my friends!

A dark, chilling, atmospheric read that included a myriad of characters and multiple timelines/storylines all of which kept this girl highly intrigued.

Admittedly, at first, my head was spinning trying to keep track of all that was going on. Luckily the storyline was gripping enough to keep me glued to the edge of my seat.

First, in August of 2000, we have best friends Josie and Becky, whose lives change forever on one evening in late summer.  

In the present day, we have Wylie, a true-crime writer, who arrives in Burden, Iowa to finish drafting a book about events that took place years earlier. Trapped during an insane snowstorm, she comes across an injured boy in the snow and tries to save him. Who is he and where did he come from?  

That my friends is another question and another storyline. 

Everything that could go wrong does, of course. Between the blizzard, the lack of electricity and the internet, and of course, the fact that a murderer is on the loose, no one is safe. The tension is high and the chill in the air is palpable.  

Heather Gudenkauf has been a long-time favorite writer of mine for years now and I can safely say that with The Overnight Guest, she has once again delivered.  

A buddy read with Kaceey that we both enjoyed. I was a bit of a slowpoke reading this one due to having family over during the entire Thanksgiving Holiday but thankfully still got to discuss this one was Kaceey thereafter.  As always, I am forever thankful to my bestie Kaceey for always being by my side.

Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin Trade Publishing Park Row for the arc.

Published on Goodreads, NetGalley, and Twitter.

These Silent Woods by Kimmi Cunningham Grant @kimicgrant @MinotaurBooks @NetGalley #thriller #mystery #contemporary #bookreview #bookblogger

Susanne’s Review:

Wholly unexpected and oh so Fabulous!

First, let me say that this was not on my radar and all.  I had absolutely no plans at all to grab this until Kaceey convinced me to do so.  I must, therefore say a huge thank you to her as this fantastic character driven fiction and garnered a great discussion between the two of us.  

Cooper and his daughter Finch live off the grid and have done so for years.  Isolated in a remote cabin in the Appalachian woods, their life is about survival, sacrifice and deep, fierce love.  At eight years old, Finch is only now beginning to question their way of life and want for more.  Cooper however is desperate to protect his daughter from the outside world and from the sins of his past.

To say that this book gutted me is an understatement.  I was unprepared for the impact it would have.  I adored all of the characters in this novel equally and was stunned by the writing.  Kim Cunningham Grant, I am now a big fan of yours.

A fantastic buddy read with Kaceey!

Thank you to NetGalley and Minotaur Books for the arc.  

Published on Goodreads and Twitter.

Kaceey’s Review:

You’ve probably noticed all the five-star reviews for this book by now. And naturally, you’re wondering…does it really live up to all that hype?

One word. YES! It deserves all the stars and praise it’s been receiving.

How far would you go to protect your family?

Cooper, a decorated Army Ranger had difficulty readjusting to civilian life once back home stateside. Suffering from PTSD, he managed his day to day struggles by putting one foot in front of the other, hoping to keep the nightmares at bay.

Cooper has been raising his daughter Finch in a remote mountain cabin. More or less an island of two, managing to shut the outside world out for 8 years. So secluded, only two people are aware of them at all. The nosy neighbor Scotland, who Cooper can’t bring himself to trust. And Jake, Cooper’s best friend and war buddy who brings them supplies on the same day each year. This year, Jake didn’t show up. But someone else did…

Now Copper’s private world is at risk. 

Can Cooper keep Finch safe? Or are all his secrets about to be exposed.

WOW! What an incredibly thought provoking book about love, family, friendship and sacrifice. I adored Cooper and his desperate struggles to be a good man while fighting back his military demons.  And Finch stole my heart in her innocence and wonder.

Beautifully written. I highly recommend.

A buddy read with Susanne.

Thank you to Goodreads and Minotaur Books

Melt by Kayla Parent @kaylaparent_writer #romance #goodreadsgiveaways #holidayromance #bookreview #bookblogger

Kaceey’s Review:

Do you remember your first kiss?  Your first true love? Was it possibly the same person?💁🏻♀️

On a snowy Christmas Eve, Birdie runs into the woods in tears. She’d just lost her father and the thought of her first Christmas without him was too much to bare. And there, alone in the woods is an equally sad, lonely boy Chase. Seemingly heaven-sent, the two broken souls share this sad moment in time. And before going their separate ways, they share one magical kiss.

Now nine years later, Birdie is preparing to graduate from college. She’s fully aware her long-time college boyfriend is ready to propose any day now. Nagging questions begin to surface. Is that what she really wants? Has she truly put her first love completely out of her memories? And what will she do if Chase miraculously reappear when she least expects it.

What a tender, sweet romance this was. And yes, I Melted! I do believe in love conquers all. And of course a HEA. With a hint of spice this was the perfect romance to Melt your heart.

My first read by this author and thoroughly enjoyed her writing. The characters all had great depth and the chemistry between Birdie and Chase was palpable!  

Thank you to Goodreads Giveaways

The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen @greerkh @sarahpekkanen @StMartinsPress @librofm @NetGalley #mystery #suspense

Susanne’s Review:

Who knew Marriage Counseling could be so fun?!

As If!

When it comes to hiring a Counselor, Avery Chambers is quite sought after.  Her methods are a tad unconventional and wildly unpredictable.  A former therapist who got under a little hot water, Avery decided to open up a new type of counseling practice.  

In only 10 sessions, the first of which is entitled “The Confession” Avery gets results. 

Just ask Marissa and Matthew Bishop.  Known as The Golden Couple, they hire Avery after Marissa divulges that she cheated on Matthew.  What happens next is explosive and truth be told, highly entertaining.  

If you’re going to grab this, I highly recommend the audiobook, as it was narrated by the stellar Marin Ireland and Karissa Vacker, both of whom knocked it out of the park.  

Another winner by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen – who continue to impress.  I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.

Another fab buddy read with Kaceey.

Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press, and Libro.fm 

Published on Goodreads and Twitter. 

Kaceey’s Review:

Not to be nosey…but have you ever gone for therapy? Perhaps a marriage counselor? 

If so, I bet you never dealt with anyone as unconventional as Avery Chambers.  

Actually, she can no longer call herself a therapist due to shall we say, some less than ethical ‘treatments.’ 

She now refers to herself as a consultant. Her newest sales shtick is she can fully treat you in only 10 sessions! 

But be prepared, as mentioned she is as unorthodox in her treatments as they come! 

Marissa and Matthew are a married couple…the golden couple. They’ve chosen to seek out help from Avery. In their first session, Marissa comes clean that she had a brief affair but doesn’t divulge the identity of her partner. And Avery is all over it! She’s determined to identify just who this other man is.  

Secrets…secrets! 😱 

Oh my, does this twisty tale take you for some loops and spins! 

I had both the digital and audio versions. If you have the opportunity, the audio is the way to go. Narrated by Karissa Vacker and Marin Ireland. Both were extremely talented and did an amazing job with these characters. 

A buddy read with Susanne. Thank you to Libro.fm for the audio and NetGalley- St. Martin’s Press for the digital ARC.

One Night on the Island by Josie Silver @JosieSilver_@randomhouse @NetGalley #romance #fiction #contemporaryfiction #bookreviewers

Kaceey’s Review:

🦩🦩🦩🦩🦩 

Have you ever read a book that gently, quietly wraps itself around your heart? Rare indeed…and this was one of those reads! 

Cleo writes for a popular British magazine detailing her search for her flamingo. The one love certain to last a lifetime.  

Have you found your flamingo? 

As you may have guessed, she’s been rather unsuccessful in love. So with the backing of her magazine, she’s off to a remote island…not to find love but to “marry herself”.  

But life might have other plans for her. 

After a cold and miserable boat ride with a surly American, Cleo finally arrives at the remote Salvation Island. There she discovers both she and the American, Mack are booked into the only lodging on the entire island. Great! Now with no way off the island for at least a week it’s up to them to figure out how to make it all work under one roof. 

Is it possible to fall just a little in love….Micro-love❣️ 

This book started off slowly for me. But before I knew it, I suddenly fell in love with this sweet romance. The island is magical and certainly somewhere I would love to lose myself in. The cast of characters who inhabit this remote, mystical place was amazing. I felt as though I were right there in the pub with the entire village, being warmly welcomed as though I were one of them. 

This book will always hold a….Sliver of my heart♥️ 

The romance was slow and sweet with the perfect ending that fit the book so well. This is my third read by this author, and once again she has blown me away with her unique ability to touch my heart and leave me in tears by the end of the book. 

A buddy read with Susanne. 

Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group- Ballantine.

Susanne’s Review:

Is it possible to fall in love just a little?  That is the question and Josie Silver (and Kaceey) have the answer.

In One Night on the Island, anything is possible. 

Cleo is the writer of a British dating column who goes to Salvation Island in search of answers and to marry herself.  Yep, you heard that right.  She plans to “self-couple.”  Unlucky in love and about to turn the big 30, she has decided to take matters into her own hands and make a pledge to herself.  

Cleo however, ends up finding oh so much more after meeting Mack, the American she meets while traveling to Salvation Island, who ends up sharing not just her cabin, but also her bed!  

Sweet, fun, and utterly magical, these two might just make you fall in Micro-love.  That is if you’re a believer. 

Although I really enjoyed this novel, I didn’t quite love it as much as Josie Silver’s other novels.  

I will admit that the idea of self-coupling didn’t quite appeal to me at the time (something I discussed with Kaceey at length (as a single woman myself)) until I took a little vacation to Coronado Island this past weekend and happened upon the most gorgeous hotel ever.  Upon seeing it, I immediately texted Kaceey and said that it was so pretty I imagined that everyone would want to get married there and that I’d even go so far as to marry myself there too!  At that exact moment, I burst out laughing realizing exactly what I said, as did Kaceey.  Bravo Ms Silver, Bravo!

A fabulous buddy read with Kaceey!

Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Publishing – Ballantine for the arc.

Published on Goodreads and Twitter.

The Darkest Place by Phillip Margolin @philmargolin @StMartinsPress @NetGalley #thriller #mystery #legaldrama #bookreview #bookblogger

Kaceey’s Review:

Another great addition to the Robin Lockwood series by Phillip Margolin.

Robin Lockwood has finally found her happy place. Her law career is taking off and she is engaged to the love of her life. You know what they say about things being too good to be true….

Well the unimaginable strikes. And Robin is left to put her life back together. The best way is to keep your mind on other things. Perhaps a new challenging client being charged with assault and kidnapping…just for starters.

I have been reading Phillip Margolin’s books for years. They are great lite legal dramas that you can escape into.

The chapters are short and you will be on the edge of your seat wondering how it’s all going to come together. Mr. Margolin weaves a twisty tale with a very explosive and satisfying ending.

Already looking forward to his next release.

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

Float Plan (Beck Sisters, #1) by Trish Doller #romcom #fiction #bookblogger #bookreview

Susanne’s Review:

Ho-Hum.

Coined as “Unforgettable” – I would actually beg to differ.  There was nothing fun, cute, or exciting about Trish Doller’s debut about Anna, who decides to set sail on the open sea, start over and do her best to find a reason to go on after the loss of her husband, except perhaps Queenie, the cute dog she rescues, in this contemporary romance.

Perhaps my expectations were set too high.  That must have been it.  Whatever it was, I felt that “Float Plan” was a little lackluster. 

While I appreciate the care that this book took to dive into suicide and grief, I didn’t feel any sparks or romance between Anna and Keane and wish this novel had taken a different turn altogether.  I am, however, only one reader and most others really enjoyed this novel, thus I urge you to read other reviews if this premise is of interest.

This was a buddy listen with Ms. Kaceey.

Thanks to my library for loaning me a copy of this audiobook. 

Published on Goodreads and Twitter.

Kaceey’s Review:

AHOY! Are you ready to pull up anchor and set sail?😎

Anna thought she had her life thoroughly planned out. A once in a lifetime trip for her and her fiancé. An unbelievable chance to sail through the Caribbean in his sailboat. But when tragedy strikes, Anna suddenly finds herself very much alone. Once the fog of grief slowly lifts, Anna decides to take the boat herself and sail the Caribbean seas on her own.

Well…after the first leg of her dream cruise, Anna realizes she may not exactly be equipped to sail alone and searches for someone to be her 1st mate for the remainder of the trip .

Enter Keane. A troubled sailor just beginning to get past some of his own personal losses. Can the two heal themselves aboard their own little love boat? And maybe even heal each other?

This was a sweet read but a bit too heavy on the sailing jargon for me. As a die-hard romantic I would’ve rather un-covered more about the characters than how to sail. But then again…if you love sailing⛵️

I have book 2 The Suite Spot already queued up and ready to go! Happy reading!

A buddy read with Susanne

When You Are Mine by Michael Robotham @michaelrobotham @NetGalley #fiction #thriller #mystery #bookreview #bookblogger

Kaceey’s Review:

Keep your friend’s close….

Philomena McCarthy is a young woman who’s fought an up-hill battle to become a police constable.   Made even more difficult given her family history of doing business on the other side of the law. But not Phil! She takes things seriously. Even going up against one of her own police officers.

A domestic dispute sends Phil and her partner to the scene. While attempting to subdue the offender she inadvertently sets off a series of events that could cost her everything. Her career, her marriage, maybe even her freedom. 

It just so happens the offender is a high-ranking police officer who has sworn vengeance. But Phil is determined to protect Tempe, the victim. Eventually, she ingrains herself into Phil’s life, becoming her new bestie. 

But maybe there is more to Phil’s new best friend.

I enjoyed Phil’s character. She overcame a lot and blasted her way onto the police force against all odds. But then I found her making quite a few questionable decisions. But sometimes for these thrillers to work… you just have to go with it!

This is a stand-alone from one of my go to authors. Though not one of my favorite, I still enjoyed and devoured it in only a few sittings. Already looking forward to his next.

A buddy read with Susanne.

Thank you to NetGalley and Scribner