My recent reads...

In an effort to share books and authors you may be unfamiliar with, I’ll be posting snippet reviews every few weeks from my recent reads. If I post a review here it is because I enjoyed the story and suggest you give it a read. Happy reading!

Over the Falls (Ryder Bay Book 1)Over the Falls by Jordan Ford

Enjoyable surfer read with all the right YA components: drama, rich kids/poor kids, bad boys, breakups, makeups, and a whole lot of flirting.

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The Birthday List (Maysen Jar, #1)The Birthday List by Devney Perry

My one frustration was I wanted Poppy to move on a little faster. << That's a ridiculous statement to make when you're the widow, but Cole was so amazing! It was hard to watch him go out of his way to help her fulfill the birthday list. It sometimes felt like she was using him more than seeing him as a man who'd fallen for her.
Grieving is an individual process and this story was lovely.

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Rock Bottom GirlRock Bottom Girl by Lucy Score

90s Flashbacks

High school was hard. Reading Marley's story felt like reliving those days. Bad boys, bullies, inadequacy, laughter, and tears... My first Lucy Score book will not be my last.

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The Worst Best ManThe Worst Best Man by Lucy Score

There's a crazy bit of drama that surrounds the wedding at the beginning that was a bit out there for me but once we moved beyond that I truly enjoyed Aiden and Frankie's story. Laugh out loud moments, great characters, sexy times, and I hero you can easily fall in love with.

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My Life in Shambles: A Standalone RomanceMy Life in Shambles: A Standalone Romance by Karina Halle

Possibly my favorite Karina romance. One thing I love about her characters is they are almost always "flawed" physically. Are you shocked the entire world isn't filled with perfectly sculpted, thin, and gorgeous people?
I also commend Halle for tackling an issue you don't see very often in romance novels. Loved this one.

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ARC Review of #TraitorBorn by Amy A. Bartol

I've mentioned I don't often review books. I share what I'm reading, I tend to tell you if I love something, but I try not to formally review other authors work. I will make an exception every now and then, and today is one of those days. 

I received this pretty little ARC from 47North and Netgalley. If you've followed me for any length of time or looked back at my author story, you know Amy holds a place in my heart. I was thrilled to read an ARC of Traitor Born. I loved Secondborn and could not wait to continue Roselle's story. If you haven't already, you should totally check this series out. 



In typical Amy A. Bartol fashion, Amy writes a story that takes readers on a wild ride. Action packed, brilliantly descriptive, heartbreaking, and character focused. I thoroughly enjoyed Traitor Born. As a girl who likes romance in my reads, Amy did it again. I was dying over Roselle's suitors and unsure of whom she would pick. Guys, the ending!! Gah!!! Jan 2019 can't come soon enough.

Buy Secondborn on Amazon HERE and don't forget to check out Amy's other series:
The Premonition Series and The Kricket Series while you're at it. 


#Review In This Life by Christine Brae

First, my disclaimer. I do NOT read to review books. I read books I want to read, and sometimes I write a review. I've read books for my very best friends that I have LOVED beyond words and not written them a review. I have also read books that I do not care for and not written a review. I am not paid in money, favors, likes, chocolate or anything else to leave reviews for books. 

Often times we are told as authors to not review other authors books. I HATE that mentality because I have always been a reader and as a reader I have an opinion. What I do believe in, is never bad mouthing a book. What I love you might hate, and what I hate you might love. Opinions are just that. Opinions.
This year I'm attempting to share more of the books I do love. I've always shared what I'm reading with you—through Pinterest and Goodreads—but I will now work to leave a few reviews.

NOTE: If I do not review a book that does NOT mean I didn't like it. 


My review:

Quite simply a beautiful love story.

In This Life, isn't your normal girl meets boy and falls in love tale. It's a story of friendship and betrayal, of love and pain. And very much a story of fate and master plans.

I firmly believe there are times in our lives when we have no say in the matter. When our paths are mapped out by someone much more knowledgeable than us and we can't fight it. Falling in love isn't always a choice.

Ms. Brae has taken this idea and mixed it with beautifully flowing prose. She weaves fantastic description in with heart-wrenching and warm dialogue using just the right balance.
Her believable characters may frustrate you as they make their decisions, but that is the mark of a great book. A book that a 2AM had me reading through tear-blurred eyes and sniffles.

In This Life, is worth the trip around the world Ms. Brae takes you on.



Amazon US

In This Life
Christine Brae
Contemporary Romance, Adult
Released: Jan 22, 2016

Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere,
They’re in each other all along.
— Rumi