Thursday, May 24, 2018

Books from the Backlog #9


Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

If you would like to join in, please feel free to enter your link and link back to this post, then spend some time visiting some of the other posts.  

This week's neglected book


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

Release Date: June 17, 2003
Publisher: Doubleday Books
Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, Christopher is autistic. Everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning for him. Routine, order and predictability shelter him from the messy, wider world. Then, at fifteen, Christopher’s carefully constructed world falls apart when he finds his neighbor’s dog, Wellington, impaled on a garden fork, and he is initially blamed for the killing.

Christopher decides that he will track down the real killer and turns to his favorite fictional character, the impeccably logical Sherlock Holmes, for inspiration. But the investigation leads him down some unexpected paths and ultimately brings him face to face with the dissolution of his parents’ marriage. As he tries to deal with the crisis within his own family, we are drawn into the workings of Christopher’s mind.

And herein lies the key to the brilliance of Mark Haddon’s choice of narrator: The most wrenching of emotional moments are chronicled by a boy who cannot fathom emotion. The effect is dazzling, making for a novel that is deeply funny, poignant, and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing is a mind that perceives the world literally.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is one of the freshest debuts in years: a comedy, a heartbreaker, a mystery story, a novel of exceptional literary merit that is great fun to read.
Why did I add The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time to my bookshelf?

I am not sure how long this one has been sitting on my shelf at home.  I was at a book fair a couple of weeks ago and had a copy of this book in my cart for the longest time but eventually put it back because I had a feeling that I might already own it.  Yes, I do have a problem.  When I got home and took a good look at my shelves, I did in fact find a copy sitting there waiting to be read.  I probably bought this book originally because the main character is autistic and do hope to fit it in sometime soon.

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it to others?






Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Review - Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson @ms_lilyanderson @RazorbillBooks

Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: May 8, 2018
Date Read: May 18, 2018
Length: 320 pages
Source: First to Read

Mila Flores and her best friend Riley have always been inseparable. There's not much excitement in their small town of Cross Creek, so Mila and Riley make their own fun, devoting most of their time to Riley's favorite activity: amateur witchcraft.

So when Riley and two Fairmont Academy mean girls die under suspicious circumstances, Mila refuses to believe everyone's explanation that her BFF was involved in a suicide pact. Instead, armed with a tube of lip gloss and an ancient grimoire, Mila does the unthinkable to uncover the truth: she brings the girls back to life.

Unfortunately, Riley, June, and Dayton have no recollection of their murders, but they do have unfinished business to attend to. Now, with only seven days until the spell wears off and the girls return to their graves, Mila must wrangle the distracted group of undead teens and work fast to discover their murderer...before the killer strikes again.
My Review

This was fun!  I was initially drawn to this book by its awesome cover and when I read the book's summary, I knew that I needed to have this book in my life.  This book had so many elements that I love including witchcraft and undead characters.  This ended up being a really quick read for me and I found myself liking the book more and more as I worked my way through the story.  I found this to be a really entertaining and original novel.

This book hooked me from the very start as it opens with Mila attending her best friend's funeral.  The story is told from Mila's point of view and her internal dialogue really made it easy to like her character right away.  Mila believes that her best friend, Riley, was murdered but everyone else is calling it a suicide.  Mila is a really low point as you would expect.  She misses her friend and is angry that nobody seems to think her death is a result of murder.  When a book shows up with a perfect spell, Mila decides to take action.

Mila and Riley practiced witchcraft together.  Mila decides to cast a spell that will bring her friend and two other girls back for a short window of time so that they can solve their deaths.  It was so much fun to watch this group of four girls try to figure out what to do with their time.  I thought that all four of them showed a lot of growth during the story.  The mystery at the core of the story had a few surprises and kept me guessing until the end. 

I would recommend this book to others.  I found this book to an entertaining look at friendships, zombie, and learning to move on.  This was the first book by Lily Anderson that I have read but I will definitely be reading more of her work in the future. 

I received a digital review copy of this book from Penguin Publishing Group - Razorbill via First to Read.
About the Author

Lily Anderson is a school librarian and Melvil Dewey fangirl with an ever-growing collection of musical theater tattoos and Harry Potter ephemera. She lives in Northern California. She is also the author of The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You and Not Now, Not Ever.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

New Releases - May 22, 2018 #newreleases #newbooks


It's Tuesday!  That means it is time to make a little bit of room on the bookshelves, load up your ereader, or make your way to your local library.  In other words - It is time to get your hands on a new book!

Here are just a few books that have just been released that you may want to grab soon:


Aftermath by Kelley Armstrong
Three years after losing her brother Luka in a school shooting, Skye Gilchrist is moving home. But there's no sympathy for Skye and her family because Luka wasn't a victim; he was a shooter.

Jesse Mandal knows all too well that the scars of the past don't heal easily. The shooting cost Jesse his brother and his best friend--Skye.

Ripped apart by tragedy, Jesse and Skye can't resist reopening the mysteries of their past. But old wounds hide darker secrets. And the closer Skye and Jesse get to the truth of what happened that day, the closer they get to a new killer.


Marek by Sawyer Bennett

Find it at:
When the Carolina Cold Fury’s hottest young star gets blindsided by an ex with a scandalous secret, it’s game on.

“One of the best voices in contemporary romance.”—New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne

Marek Fabritis is used to delivering blows, not receiving them. But when he gets tipped off by an anonymous email about his ex-girlfriend, the news leaves him ice cold—and it’s not because Gracen Moore is getting married to a total jerk. It’s the fact that Marek has a three-year-old daughter he never knew about. Now he’s going back home, not to play knight in shining armor but to make damn sure that no man takes what’s his. For the first time, there might be something more important than hockey.

Gracen Moore has always loved Marek. That’s why she let him go, so he could pursue a career in the NHL. And that’s why she never told him about Lilly. Only now does Gracen realize that she made an unforgivable mistake. But is that any reason for Marek to crash her wedding and make an epic scene? If the spark that still smolders between them is to be trusted, maybe. Still, Gracen’s not getting her hopes up. Because she knows better than anyone that appearances aren’t always what they seem. . . .

The Outsider by Stephen King

Find it at:
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An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories.

An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King’s propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can.

All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella's Stepmother by Danielle Teller

Find it at:
Goodreads | LibraryThing
In the vein of Wicked, The Woodcutter, and Boy, Snow, Bird, a luminous reimagining of a classic tale, told from the perspective of Agnes, Cinderella’s “evil” stepmother.

We all know the story of Cinderella. Or do we?

As rumors about the cruel upbringing of beautiful newlywed Princess Cinderella roil the kingdom, her stepmother, Agnes, who knows all too well about hardship, privately records the true story. . . .

A peasant born into serfdom, Agnes is separated from her family and forced into servitude as a laundress’s apprentice when she is only ten years old. Using her wits and ingenuity, she escapes her tyrannical matron and makes her way toward a hopeful future. When teenaged Agnes is seduced by an older man and becomes pregnant, she is transformed by love for her child. Once again left penniless, Agnes has no choice but to return to servitude at the manor she thought she had left behind. Her new position is nursemaid to Ella, an otherworldly infant. She struggles to love the child who in time becomes her stepdaughter and, eventually, the celebrated princess who embodies everyone’s unattainable fantasies. The story of their relationship reveals that nothing is what it seems, that beauty is not always desirable, and that love can take on many guises.

Lyrically told, emotionally evocative, and brilliantly perceptive, All the Ever Afters explores the hidden complexities that lie beneath classic tales of good and evil, all the while showing us that how we confront adversity reveals a more profound, and ultimately more important, truth than the ideal of “happily ever after.”
More Great Books Being Released Today
(Covers link to Goodreads)
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30734631-the-strange-fascinations-of-noah-hypnotik?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36307262-hot-asset?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36700649-the-house-swap?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36723261-star-of-the-north?ac=1&from_search=true

Which new releases are you excited about this week?

Monday, May 21, 2018

Review - Aftermath by Kelley Armstrong @KelleyArmstrong

Aftermath by Kelley Armstrong
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 22, 2018
Date Read: May 9, 2018
Length: 384 pages
Source: NetGalley

Three years after losing her brother Luka in a school shooting, Skye Gilchrist is moving home. But there's no sympathy for Skye and her family because Luka wasn't a victim; he was a shooter.

Jesse Mandal knows all too well that the scars of the past don't heal easily. The shooting cost Jesse his brother and his best friend--Skye.

Ripped apart by tragedy, Jesse and Skye can't resist reopening the mysteries of their past. But old wounds hide darker secrets. And the closer Skye and Jesse get to the truth of what happened that day, the closer they get to a new killer.

My Review

This book was truly great.  I have to admit that when I first saw that this book would involve a school shooting I was really nervous about reading it.  Did I really want to read a book about such a terrible event especially in the current climate?  I really wasn't sure but I decided to add this book to my reading schedule because I wanted to see what Kelley Armstrong could do with such a terrible event.  I haven't read too many books written by Kelley Armstrong but I have really enjoyed the ones that I have read so I trusted that she would deliver a story worth reading.  This book ended up being one of those books that are almost impossible to put down.  I am so glad that I decided to give this one a try.

As previously mentioned, this book does involve a school shooting so I was really afraid that it would be one of those books that would break my heart to pieces.  In some ways, I guess it did because I hated everything they had gone through but it wasn't the traumatic reading experience that I had feared it would be.  The focus of this book is Skye, the sister of one of the teens responsible for the school shooting that tore her hometown apart just a few years earlier.  Skye is forced to move back home with her Aunt and go back to the school with the same kids who knew her brother and what he did.

Jesse was Skye's best friend and was possibly becoming more when everything happened.  His brother was one of the victims and his life is completely different than it was before the shooting took place.  Jesse not only lost his brother but also his best friend when Skye's family quickly left town.  Jesse isn't really sure what to think about Skye's return to their hometown.

This book was a whole lot about the characters.  Spending time with both Skye and Jesse as they work through their thoughts and feelings about everything going on was very eye opening.  This book was also a really well done thriller.  I think I might have actually missed the fact that there was some new issues when I first read the book's summary but I was quickly caught up in the events surrounding Skye and Jesse.  I had a few suspects but I was never quite sure who was responsible for all of the things going on and I found myself completely glued to the pages.  I really liked how Skye and Jesse were able to reconnect as they worked to figure things out.

I would not hesitate to recommend this book to others.  I found this to be a thought provoking page turner filled with wonderful characters.  I can't wait to read more from this talented author.

I received a digital review copy of this book from Random House Children's - Crown Books for Young Readers via NetGalley.
About the Author

KELLEY ARMSTRONG graduated with a degree in psychology and then studied computer programming. Now, she is a full-time writer and parent, and she lives with her husband and three children in rural Ontario, Canada.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Stacking the Shelves #120


I am really excited to participate in Stacking the Shelves, a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality.

My Life
I have had one heck of a week.  On Monday, a neighbor's tree fell on the power lines leading to my house pulling the lines away from the house and doing a bit of damage including a small fire.  We were not home at the time so we are very thankful for a quick thinking neighbor who called 911 right away, preventing further damage.  I was without power from Monday night until Saturday morning.  It almost seems strange to have lights working in my house after going without for most of the week.  My daughter had finals all week and ended her school year on Thursday.

I did have some posts scheduled for the week so the blog continued as normal but I was not about to get around to visit blogs or interact a whole lot.  I am going to do my best to get around to everyone now that I have power again but please be patient.  I still have some damage that needs to be repaired to my house and I have a lot of groceries that need to be replaced.  I am just so thankful that nobody was hurt, my dogs were okay, and my home can be fixed.

Books Added This Week
Stray Magic by Kelly Meding (Edelweiss)
Face Off by Brenda Novak (NetGalley)

I didn't request any books this week but had a couple of requests approved.  I am really looking forward to both of these books.

Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf (Publisher)

This package was a nice surprise this week.  The book looks pretty good so I am definitely going to try to work it into my reading schedule as soon as I can.

What books do you add to your shelves this week? 
Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave a link to your own STS post!

Friday, May 18, 2018

Audiobook Review - Death by the Dozen by Jenn McKinlay @JennMcKinlay

Death by the Dozen by Jenn McKinlay
Narrated by Susan Boyce
Series: Cupcake Bakery Mystery #3
Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC
Publication Date: December 14, 2016
Date Read: May 3, 2018
Length: 7 hours 52 minutes
Source: Library via Hoopla
★★★★☆
Melanie and Angie are determined to win the Challenge to the Chef to promote their Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery. Mel's mentor from culinary school, Vic Mazzotta, may be one of the judges, but Mel and Angie will have to win fair and square. But, when Vic's dead body is found inside a freezer truck, Mel and Angie will need to use their best judgment to find the cold-blooded killer or they may lose more than the contest- they may lose their lives.
My Review

I had a good time with this cozy.  I listened to the first two books in the series last year and I was really excited to spend a little more time in the cupcake bakery.  I was entertained from the very start and ended up listening to the book for hours at a time.  I was completely entertained and I worked to solve the mystery along with Mel and Angie.

I love a good mystery but I also love a good cupcake.  I am not really sure which one I like more but it might be the cupcakes.  One thing that I loved about this book was the cooking contest.  Mel and Angie participate in a contest where they had to use a mystery ingredient.  I loved the description on what kind of desserts these two would make using some rather strange ingredients both in the contest and as practice.  I loved that baking was really a part of this story.

The mystery was able to keep me guessing and I wasn't quite sure who the murderer was until the big reveal.  Vic and Mel had a special relationship but not everyone was such a big fan of the man so there were quite a few suspects.  When things started happening that brought the danger closer to Mel and Angie, everything became a little more serious.  I thought that the mystery aspect of the story was very well done.

The characters in this book were great.  It was really nice to be back with both Mel and Angie as well as their friends and family.  This book does introduce a new character, Oz, who starts working at the bakery as an intern from the local high school.  I wasn't sure how Oz would fit in at first but it quickly became apparent that he was meant to be a part of their group.  I was also thrilled to have a kitten added to the mix of characters.  The kitten, Jack, didn't have a whole lot of time in the story but I did enjoy the scenes he was in quite a lot.

Susan Boyce does a fantastic job with this series.  I love all of the voices that she uses in the book.  I thought that she was able to add just a bit more excitement to the story through her narration.  I thought that she read the book at the perfect pace and her voice was very pleasant to listen to throughout the story.  I had no problems listening to this book for hours at a time and look forward to more of her narration in the future.

I do recommend this series to others.  This is the third book in the Cupcake Bakery Mystery series but it could easily be read as a stand alone.  Readers of the series will enjoy seeing things move forward in the lives of the characters.  I can't wait to read more of this entertaining series!

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jenn McKinlay is the author of About a Dog, the Library Lover’s mysteries, the Cupcake Bakery mysteries, and the Hat Shop mysteries.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Books from the Backlog #8


Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

If you would like to join in, please feel free to enter your link and link back to this post, then spend some time visiting some of the other posts.  

This week's neglected book


Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer
Series: Southern Reach #1
Release Date: February 4, 2014
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer.

This is the twelfth expedition.

Their group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain and collect specimens; to record all their observations, scientific and otherwise, of their surroundings and of one another; and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.

They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers—they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life forms that surpass understanding—but it’s the surprises that came across the border with them, and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another, that change everything.

Why did I add Annihilation to my bookshelf?

I actually won an ARC of this book in a Goodreads giveaway back in December 2013.  I have no idea why I haven't managed to find a moment to read this book sometime in the past four plus years.  It looks exactly like something I would enjoy plus it is rather short at less than 200 pages so it wouldn't even take a lot of time to read.  I saw a preview for the movie that was released earlier this year and promptly found this book so that I can have easy access as soon as I could squeeze it in...which hasn't happened yet but I think it will very soon. 

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it to others?






Wednesday, May 16, 2018

What's Going On In My Random Life? Storm Damage

We have had an interesting week so far at my house.



On Monday night, a neighbor's tree fell on to the power lines coming into our house and caused a bit of a mess.  We were not at home when all of this excitement took place.  I was with my daughter at one of her jazz concerts and my husband was working.  When my husband got home from work, the fire department was there and there had been a small fire.  Thankfully, the quick actions of a neighbor who spotted the damage and called 911 right away probably saved my house and my dogs. 


We are going to be without power until this mess is fixed.  I have some posts already scheduled to published so those will go on as planned.  If you were planning to join in on this week's Books from the Backlist, that will continue just like always.   

I will not have the ability to visit blogs and comment until our power is back up. 

We are absolutely fine and my dogs are fine and that is the only things that matters.  Insurance will fix the house.  

I feel very lucky.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

New Releases - May 15, 2018 #newreleases #newbooks


It's Tuesday!  That means it is time to make a little bit of room on the bookshelves, load up your ereader, or make your way to your local library.  In other words - It is time to get your hands on a new book!

Here are just a few books that have just been released that you may want to grab soon:


The Secret Ingredient for a Happy Marriage by Shirley Jump
Nora has always been the sister who binds the O'Bannons together. No matter what crisis hits, smart, dependable Nora knows how to fix it. But for Nora, the pressure of perfection is taking its toll.

Nora's marriage is in trouble, and she has been reluctant to worry her sisters with just how dire her situation is. Now though, faced with losing her husband, her home, and the life she's worked so hard to build, Nora can no longer pretend.

As the O'Bannon women rally around her, Nora begins to see that failure is nothing to fear. It's like they say in the bakery: if you want to make something good, you can't be afraid to get messy. When her husband returns, asking Nora to give their family a second chance, Nora must decide if their relationship can be saved-or if it's time to throw out the old recipe and start from scratch.


Stripped by Tara Wyatt

Find it at:
Detective Sawyer Matthews isn’t just having a bad day—he’s having the worst day. His hunt for the criminal who killed his team member has stalled and now… he’s got to play nice with his new, totally unwanted partner. It’s not that she isn’t qualified, or that he doesn’t like her—it’s because he knows what she looks like naked. So very, very naked.

Brooke Simmons finally landed her dream job working for H.E.A.T, an elite undercover detective squad, and she’s not giving up simply because she had a one-night-stand with her sullen—but undeniably sexy—new partner. They’ll just have to keep it professional. Easier said than done, considering their first case requires Sawyer to infiltrate a drug cartel operating out of a male strip show. Watching him do his best Magic Mike impression every night isn’t just hot—it’s torture.

Sawyer doesn’t need any distractions, yet his attraction to Brooke is explosive and he can’t resist going for round two. Or three. Or four. But as their investigation progresses and danger mounts, they’ll have to put their jobs, hearts, and lives on the line to fight… for each other, for survival, and for justice.

Unlit by Keri Arthur

Find it at:
Goodreads | Booklikes | LibraryThing
Winterborne has long been a city divided between those who have magic, and those who do not. Between those who are free, and those who are not…

Though classified as having no magic, Neve March can hear the whispers of the wind and sometimes even control her. But it’s a secret she must hold close if she wishes to continue as Nightwatch—the soldiers who guard Winterborne against those who roam the wastelands and feast on human flesh.

But when Neve investigates a faint SOS signal, she not only unearths a woman close to death, but a plot involving an ancient enemy long thought dead.

In an effort to expose those behind the plot, Neve goes undercover amongst Winterborne’s elite—a dangerous step that could expose her secret and rip away all that she holds dear.

But the trail of treachery leads her from Winterborne’s golden halls to the heart of the enemy’s hive, and it will shake her belief of not only who she is, but what she is.

Tin Man by Sarah Winman

Find it at:
Goodreads | Booklikes | LibraryThing
From the internationally bestselling author Sarah Winman comes an unforgettable and heartbreaking novel celebrating love in all of its forms and the little moments that make up the life of an autoworker in a small working-class town.

This is almost a love story. But it's not as simple as that.

Ellis and Michael are twelve-year-old boys when they first become friends, and for a long time it is just the two of them, cycling the streets of Oxford, teaching themselves how to swim, discovering poetry, and dodging the fists of overbearing fathers. And then one day this closest of friendships grows into something more.

But then we fast forward a decade or so, to find that Ellis is married to Annie, and Michael is nowhere in sight. Which leads to the question, what happened in the years between?

With beautiful prose and characters that are so real that they jump off the page, Tin Man is a love letter to human kindness and friendship, and to loss and living.
More Great Books Being Released Today
(Covers link to Goodreads)
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36317937-the-good-twin?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37825308-the-wright-love?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35297688-the-sugarhouse-blueshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38464264-ray-vs-the-meaning-of-life?ac=1&from_search=true

Which new releases are you excited about this week?

Monday, May 14, 2018

Review - Marek by Sawyer Bennett

Marek by Sawyer Bennett
Series: Cold Fury Hockey #11
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept
Publication Date: May 22, 2018
Date Read: May 6, 2018
Length: 226 pages
Source: NetGalley
★★★☆☆
When the Carolina Cold Fury’s hottest young star gets blindsided by an ex with a scandalous secret, it’s game on.

“One of the best voices in contemporary romance.”—New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne

Marek Fabritis is used to delivering blows, not receiving them. But when he gets tipped off by an anonymous email about his ex-girlfriend, the news leaves him ice cold—and it’s not because Gracen Moore is getting married to a total jerk. It’s the fact that Marek has a three-year-old daughter he never knew about. Now he’s going back home, not to play knight in shining armor but to make damn sure that no man takes what’s his. For the first time, there might be something more important than hockey.

Gracen Moore has always loved Marek. That’s why she let him go, so he could pursue a career in the NHL. And that’s why she never told him about Lilly. Only now does Gracen realize that she made an unforgivable mistake. But is that any reason for Marek to crash her wedding and make an epic scene? If the spark that still smolders between them is to be trusted, maybe. Still, Gracen’s not getting her hopes up. Because she knows better than anyone that appearances aren’t always what they seem. . . .
My Review

I liked this book but I do have to say that it is my least favorite book in the series so far.  I was really excited about this book from the set up of the story that occurred in the previous book in the series, Reed.  This book is the eleventh book in the series but it would read perfectly well as a stand alone because everything that is important to the story is included in this volume.  That being said, the previous book got me really excited about this book despite the fact that I knew there was going to be a secret baby, which is a trope that only rarely works for me.  I did enjoy this book even though I had a few issues with it.

My biggest problem with this story is that Marek and Gracen have the same argument over and over throughout much of the book.  I get it that this is a really big deal to get over and it could never happen overnight.  It just became a bit tiresome to read about this pair having the same issue coming up time and time again.  I would have loved to see a little more of Marek getting to know Lilly or maybe a bit more of the three of them together.  We do get to see some of this happening but I think that would have been a more powerful way of seeing them come together instead of the rehashing the same argument time and time again.

My other issue with this book was that Marek was a bit of a jerk at the start of the book.  He brings Gracen and Lilly to his house and then promptly makes sure that he is never home to spend any time with them.  I understand that he didn't know how to deal with the situation but how on earth can you get to know a child you are never home to be around.  It just didn't make sense to me.  Thank goodness Reed was there to put him in his place.

Marek and Gracen did have some great chemistry together and I really did like their interactions when they were not arguing with each other.  These two have been through a lot and they really had to take some time to be able to be together while staying positive.  I would say that the last third of the book or so was when things started to work for me a bit better.  I liked the way they eventually were able to appreciate each other again.

I think that other readers might like this one a bit more than I did.  This story did have some great points with a cute kid. a few rather romantic moments, and some pretty hot interludes.  I can't wait to read more from Sawyer Bennett very soon.

I received a digital review copy of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley. 
Cold Fury Hockey Series
#1 -Alex
#2 - Garrett - My Review
#3 - Zack - My Review
#4 - Ryker - My Review
#5 - Hawke - My Review
#6 - Max- My Review
#7 - Roman - My Review
#8 - Lucas - My Review
#9 - Van - My Review
#10 - Reed - My Review
#11 - Marek 
About the Author

Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released more than 30 books and has been featured on both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists on multiple occasions.

A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.

Sawyer likes her Bloody Mary’s strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active toddler, as well as full-time servant to two adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or a combination of the two.

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Stacking the Shelves #119


I am really excited to participate in Stacking the Shelves, a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality.

My Life
This was another busy week.  We had an awards night and an orchestra concert to attend but both seemed to move a little faster than most school events which was nice.  My daughter's last day of school is Thursday and she will be busy with finals all week.  It is hard to believe that they are already done with this school year.  I did get some reading done during the week and added quite a few books to my collection.  I didn't add any review books this week which is a big plus.

Books Added This Week

This was my haul from the one of the big book fairs held locally that I had the chance to attend last weekend.  This is all of the books that both me and my daughter selected so there are a few in the pile that I don't have a lot of interest in reading.  I have actually read quite a few of these books but wanted to have a copy for my shelves.  This is a lot of books but it didn't have as big of an impact on my tbr as you would think.



Shattered by Kevin Hearne (eStories Purchase)
Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel (Audible Purchase)
Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs (Audible Purchase)
Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs (Audible Purchase)
Cold Days by Jim Butcher (Audible Purchase)

I decided to use up all of my accumulated credits at both Audible and eStories so that I could cancel my accounts for a bit.  I am working my way through The Iron Druid Chronicles so I was happy to add Shattered to my collection.  I have actually already read the other four books but I love to re-read my favorites in audio so I was thrilled to add these books to my collection as well.

What books do you add to your shelves this week? 
Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave a link to your own STS post!
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