Top Ten Tuesday – Books on My Fall 2021 TBR

 

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Books on My Fall 2021 TBR.  I enjoy this topic because I’m always curious to see what my fellow book bloggers are planning to read next.  Today I’m sharing 10 ARCs I’m planning to read this fall and then next week when we have a freebie topic scheduled, I’ll be sharing 10 more books from my own shelves that I’m also hoping to fit in before the end of the year.

I’m very excited for my Fall reads.  Several of these are highly anticipated reads for me, especially The Book of Magic, Well Matched, and Heard It in a Love Song, and I’m also really excited to read The Fastest Way to Fall since I enjoyed Denise Williams’ debut so much.  I don’t have much in the way of spooky reads on my list, although I’m sure I’ll be reading a few here and there once we hit October.

 

Books on My Fall 2021 TBR

 

1. ONCE UPON A BROKEN HEART by Stephanie Garber  – A new series about love, curses, and the lengths that people will go to for happily ever after.

Evangeline Fox was raised in her beloved father’s curiosity shop, where she grew up on legends about immortals, like the tragic Prince of Hearts. She knows his powers are mythic, his kiss is worth dying for, and that bargains with him rarely end well. But when Evangeline learns that the love of her life is about to marry another, she becomes desperate enough to offer the Prince of Hearts whatever he wants in exchange for his help to stop the wedding. The prince only asks for three kisses. But after Evangeline’s first promised kiss, she learns that the Prince of Hearts wants far more from her than she’s pledged. And he has plans for Evangeline that will either end in the greatest happily ever after, or the most exquisite tragedy…

 

2. PAYBACK’S A WITCH by Lana Harper  – Chilling Adventures of Sabrina meets The L Word in this fresh, sizzling rom-com by Lana Harper.

Emmy Harlow is a witch but not a very powerful one—in part because she hasn’t been home to the magical town of Thistle Grove in years. Her self-imposed exile has a lot to do with a complicated family history and a desire to forge her own way in the world, and only the very tiniest bit to do with Gareth Blackmoore, heir to the most powerful magical family in town and casual breaker of hearts and destroyer of dreams. But when a spellcasting tournament that her family serves as arbiters for approaches, it turns out the pull of tradition (or the truly impressive parental guilt trip that comes with it) is strong enough to bring Emmy back. She’s determined to do her familial duty; spend some quality time with her best friend, Linden Thorn; and get back to her real life in Chicago.

On her first night home, Emmy runs into Talia Avramov—an all-around badass adept in the darker magical arts—who is fresh off a bad breakup . . . with Gareth Blackmoore. Talia had let herself be charmed, only to discover that Gareth was also seeing Linden—unbeknownst to either of them. And now she and Linden want revenge. Only one question stands: Is Emmy in? But most concerning of all: Why can’t she stop thinking about the terrifyingly competent, devastatingly gorgeous, wickedly charming Talia Avramov?

 

3. WELL MATCHED by Jen DeLuca  – An accidentally in-love rom-com filled with Renaissance Faire flower crowns, kilts, corsets, and sword fights.

Single mother April Parker has lived in Willow Creek for twelve years with a wall around her heart. On the verge of being an empty nester, she’s decided to move on from her quaint little town, and asks her friend Mitch for his help with some home improvement projects to get her house ready to sell. Mitch Malone is known for being the life of every party, but mostly for the attire he wears to the local Renaissance Faire–a kilt (and not much else) that shows off his muscled form to perfection. While he agrees to help April, he needs a favor too: she’ll pretend to be his girlfriend at an upcoming family dinner, so that he can avoid the lectures about settling down and having a more “serious” career than high school coach and gym teacher. April reluctantly agrees, but when dinner turns into a weekend trip, it becomes hard to tell what’s real and what’s been just for show. But when the weekend ends, so must their fake relationship.

As summer begins, Faire returns to Willow Creek, and April volunteers for the first time. When Mitch’s family shows up unexpectedly, April pretends to be Mitch’s girlfriend again…something that doesn’t feel so fake anymore. Despite their obvious connection, April insists they’ve just been putting on an act. But when there’s the chance for something real, she has to decide whether to change her plans–and open her heart–for the kilt-wearing hunk who might just be the love of her life.

 

4. VESPERTINE by Margaret Roberson   – The dead of Loraille do not rest. Artemisia is training to be a Gray Sister, a nun who cleanses the bodies of the deceased so that their souls can pass on; otherwise, they will rise as spirits with a ravenous hunger for the living. She would rather deal with the dead than the living, who trade whispers about her scarred hands and troubled past.

When her convent is attacked by possessed soldiers, Artemisia defends it by awakening an ancient spirit bound to a saint’s relic. It is a revenant, a malevolent being that threatens to possess her the moment she drops her guard. Wielding its extraordinary power almost consumes her—but death has come to Loraille, and only a vespertine, a priestess trained to wield a high relic, has any chance of stopping it. With all knowledge of vespertines lost to time, Artemisia turns to the last remaining expert for help: the revenant itself. As she unravels a sinister mystery of saints, secrets, and dark magic, her bond with the revenant grows. And when a hidden evil begins to surface, she discovers that facing this enemy might require her to betray everything she has been taught to believe—if the revenant doesn’t betray her first.

 

5. HEARD IT IN A LOVE SONG by Tracey Garvis Graves  – Layla Hilding is thirty-five and recently divorced. Struggling to break free from the past—her glory days as the lead singer in a band and a ten-year marriage to a man who never put her first—Layla’s newly found independence feels a lot like loneliness. Then there’s Josh, the single dad whose daughter attends the elementary school where Layla teaches music. Recently separated, he’s still processing the end of his twenty-year marriage to his high school sweetheart. He chats with Layla every morning at school and finds himself thinking about her more and more.

Equally cautious and confused about dating in a world that favors apps over meeting organically, Layla and Josh decide to be friends with the potential for something more. Sounds sensible and way too simple—but when two people are on the rebound, is it heartbreak or happiness that’s a love song away?

From the bestselling author of The Girl He Used to Know comes a love song of a story about starting over and second chances.

 

6. THE BOOK OF MAGIC by Alice Hoffman  – Master storyteller Alice Hoffman brings us the conclusion of the Practical Magic series in a spellbinding and enchanting final Owens novel brimming with lyric beauty and vivid characters.

The Owens family has been cursed in matters of love for over three-hundred years but all of that is about to change. The novel begins in a library, the best place for a story to be conjured, when beloved aunt Jet Owens hears the deathwatch beetle and knows she has only seven days to live. Jet is not the only one in danger—the curse is already at work. A frantic attempt to save a young man’s life spurs three generations of the Owens women, and one long-lost brother, to use their unusual gifts to break the curse as they travel from Paris to London to the English countryside where their ancestor Maria Owens first practiced the Unnamed Art. The younger generation discovers secrets that have been hidden from them in matters of both magic and love by Sally, their fiercely protective mother. As Kylie Owens uncovers the truth about who she is and what her own dark powers are, her aunt Franny comes to understand that she is ready to sacrifice everything for her family, and Sally Owens realizes that she is willing to give up everything for love.

The Book of Magic is a breathtaking conclusion that celebrates mothers and daughters, sisters and brothers, and anyone who has ever been in love.

 

7. THE VANISHED DAYS by Susanna Kearsley  – From international bestselling author Susanna Kearsley comes a historical tale of intrigue and revolution in Scotland, where the exile of King James brought plots, machinations, suspicion and untold bravery to light. An investigation of a young widow’s secrets by a man who’s far from objective, leads to a multi-layered tale of adventure, endurance, romance…and the courage to hope.

In the autumn of 1707, old enemies from the Highlands to the Borders are finding common ground as they join to protest the new Union with England. At the same time, the French are preparing to launch an invasion to bring the young exiled Jacobite king back to Scotland to reclaim his throne, and in Edinburgh the streets are filled with discontent and danger. Queen Anne’s commissioners, seeking to calm the situation, have begun paying out money sent up from London to settle the losses and wages owed to those Scots who took part in the disastrous Darien expedition eight years earlier—an ill-fated venture that left Scotland all but bankrupt.

When the young widow of a Darien sailor comes forward to collect her husband’s wages, her claim is challenged. One of the men assigned to investigate has only days to decide if she’s honest, or if his own feelings are blinding him to the truth.

 

8. THE PARTY CRASHER by Sophie Kinsella  –  From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Love Your Life comes a humorous and heartwarming novel about family, set against the backdrop of the most fabulous party you’ve ever snuck into.

It’s been over two years since Effie’s beloved parents got divorced, destroying the image of the happy, loving childhood she thought she had. Since then, she’s become estranged from her father and embarked on a feud with his hot (and much younger) girlfriend, Krista. And now, more earth-shattering news: Greenoaks, the rambling Victorian country house Effie called home her whole life, has been sold.

When Krista decides to throw a grand “house cooling” party, Effie is originally left off the guest list–and then receives a last-minute “anti-invitation” (maybe it’s because she called Krista a gold-digger, but Krista totally deserved it, and it was mostly a joke anyway). Effie declines, but then remembers a beloved childhood treasure is still hidden in the house. Her only chance to retrieve it is to break into Greenoaks while everyone is busy celebrating. As Effie sneaks around the house, hiding under tables and peeping through trapdoors, she realizes the secrets Greenoaks holds aren’t just in the dusty passageways and hidden attics she grew up exploring. Watching how her sister, brother, and dad behave when they think no one is looking, Effie overhears conversations, makes discoveries, and begins to see her family in a new light. Then she runs into Joe–the love of her life, who long ago broke her heart, and who’s still as handsome and funny as ever–and even more truths emerge.

But will Effie act on these revelations? Will she stay hidden or step out into the party and take her place with her family? And truthfully, what did she really come back to Greenoaks for? Over the course of one blowout party, Effie realizes that she must be honest with herself and confront her past before she’ll ever be able to face her future.

 

9. THE FASTEST WAY TO FALL by Denise Williams  – Britta didn’t plan on falling for her personal trainer, and Wes didn’t plan on Britta. Plans change and it’s unclear if love, career, or both will meet them at the finish line.

Britta Colby works for a lifestyle website, and when tasked to write about her experience with a hot new body-positive fitness app that includes personal coaching, she knows it’s a major opportunity to prove she should write for the site full-time.  As CEO of the FitMe app, Wes Lawson finally has the financial security he grew up without, but despite his success, his floundering love life and complicated family situation leaves him feeling isolated and unfulfilled. He decides to get back to what he loves—coaching. Britta’s his first new client and they click immediately.

As weeks pass, she’s surprised at how much she enjoys experimenting with her exercise routine. He’s surprised at how much he looks forward to talking to her every day. They convince themselves their attraction is harmless, but when they start working out in person, Wes and Britta find it increasingly challenging to deny their chemistry and maintain a professional distance. Wes isn’t supposed to be training clients, much less meeting with them, and Britta’s credibility will be sunk if the lifestyle site finds out she’s practically dating the fitness coach she’s reviewing. Walking away from each other is the smartest thing to do, but running side by side feels like the start of something big.

 

10. EIGHT PERFECT HOURS by Lia Louis  – In this romantic and heartwarming novel, two strangers meet in chance circumstances during a blizzard and spend one perfect evening together, thinking they’ll never see each other again. But fate seems to have different plans.

On a snowy evening in March, 30-something Noelle Butterby is on her way back from an event at her old college when disaster strikes. With a blizzard closing off roads, she finds herself stranded, alone in her car, without food, drink, or a working charger for her phone. All seems lost until Sam Attwood, a handsome American stranger also trapped in a nearby car, knocks on her window and offers assistance. What follows is eight perfect hours together, until morning arrives and the roads finally clear.

The two strangers part, positive they’ll never see each other again, but fate, it seems, has a different plan. As the two keep serendipitously bumping into one another, they begin to realize that perhaps there truly is no such thing as coincidence. With plenty of charming twists and turns and Lia Louis’s “bold, standout voice” (Gillian McAllister, author of The Good Sister), Eight Perfect Hours is a gorgeously crafted novel that will make you believe in the power of fate.

 

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Question:  Are you planning to read any of these?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – MR. WRONG NUMBER by Lynn Painter

 

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in since I first started blogging, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is MR. WRONG NUMBER by Lynn Painter.  I read Lynn Painter’s last novel Better Than the Movies and absolutely fell in love with it so I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of her new one.  Every line of that synopsis is just calling to me!

MR. WRONG NUMBER by Lynn Painter

Publication Date:  March 1, 2022 by Berkley

From Goodreads:

Things get textual when a steamy message from a random wrong number turns into a thrilling anonymous relationship in this hilarious rom-com by Lynn Painter.

Bad luck has always followed Olivia Marshall…or maybe she’s just the screw-up her family thinks she is. But when a “What are you wearing?” text from a random wrong number turns into the hottest, most entertaining—albeit anonymous—relationship of her life, she thinks things might be on the upswing….

Colin Beck has always considered Olivia his best friend’s annoying little sister, but when she moves in with them after one of her worst runs of luck, he realizes she’s turned into an altogether different and sexier distraction. He’s sure he can keep his distance, until the moment he discovers she’s the irresistible Miss Misdial he’s been sort of sexting for weeks—and now he has to decide whether to turn the heat up or ghost her before things get messy.

 

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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday – I’ve Got Your Number: 10 Books with “Number” in the Title

 

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is supposed to be Books With Numbers In the Title.  I’ve already done at least one post like that, possibly more, so I decided to tweak it a bit and hunt for some books who actually have the word “Number” in them.  Harder than I thought it would be but I finally did manage to find ten of them.

10 Books with “Number” in the Title

 

 

1. I’VE GOT YOUR NUMBER by Sophie Kinsella

2.  NUMBER ONE CHINESE RESTAURANT by Lillian Li

3.  NUMBER NEIGHBORS by Emma Hart

4.  MR. WRONG NUMBER by Lynn Painter

5. IMAGINARY NUMBERS by Seanan McGuire

6. ORPHAN NUMBER EIGHT by Kim van Alkemade

7.  LUCKY NUMBER ELEVEN by Adriana Locke

8.  GIRL NUMBER ONE by Jane Holland

9. NUMBER THE STARS by Lois Lowry

10. OUR ENDLESS NUMBERED DAYS by Claire Fuller

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Question:  Have you read any of these? Can you think of any other title with the word “number” in them?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – LOVE AT FIRST SPITE by Anna E. Collins

 

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in since I first started blogging, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is LOVE AT FIRST SPITE by Anna E. Collins. This sounds like it has the potential to be a pretty hilarious read and I’m always up for a good revenge story.

LOVE AT FIRST SPITE by Anna E. Collins

Publication Date:  January 4, 2022 by Graydon House

From Goodreads:

Falling in love is the ultimate payback in this delightful romcom about an interior designer who teams up with a mysterious architect at her firm to get revenge on her ex the only way she knows how: by building a spite house next door.

They say living well is the best revenge. But sometimes, spreading the misery seems a whole lot more satisfying. That’s interior designer Dani Porter’s justification for buying the vacant lot next to her ex-fiancé’s house…the house they were supposed to live in together, before he cheated on her with their Realtor. Dani plans to build a vacation rental that will a) mess with his view and his peace of mind and b) prove that Dani is not someone to be stepped on. Welcome to project Spite House.

That plan quickly becomes complicated when Dani is forced to team up with Wyatt Montego, the handsome, haughty architect at her firm, and the only person available to draw up blueprints. Wyatt is terse and stern, the kind of man who eats his sandwich with a knife and fork. But as they spend time together on- and off-site, Dani glimpses something deeper beneath that hard veneer, something surprising, vulnerable, and real. And the closer she gets to her goal, the more she wonders if winning revenge could mean losing something infinitely sweeter…

“Love at First Spite had me hooked from the first page! The playful banter, steamy love scenes, and delightful cast of secondary characters made this debut an unputdownable read.”
—Alexandria Bellefleur, author of Written in the Stars

“Love at First Spite delivers on every level with humor, heat, and heart. Collins has crafted characters I was so delighted to spend time with, and whose love story was full of emotion and sparkling sexual tension.”
—Denise Williams, author of How to Fail at Flirting

 

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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday – Books Guaranteed to Put a Smile on Your Face

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Books Guaranteed to Put a Smile on Your Face.  I totally cheated on this one and just searched my blog for the word smile since I always comment on books that made me happy while I was reading them.  Below are some of my recent favorites and a link to my full review for each one.

Books Guaranteed to Put a Smile on Your Face

 

 

1. VERY SINCERELY YOURS by Kerry Winfrey – A cute rom com featuring a sexy Mr. Rogers type and a young woman going through a rough patch. Has major You’ve Got Mail vibes.

2.  THE LAST CHANCE LIBRARY by Freya Sampson  – If a feisty band of senior citizens fighting to save their local library doesn’t put a smile on your face, I don’t know what will.  I had so much fun reading about these characters and their antics.

3.  A SPOT OF TROUBLE by Teri Wilson  – Filled with adorable dalmatians and matchmaking old ladies who call themselves the Charlie’s Angels, this book is the absolute cutest.

4.  THE KINDRED SPIRITS SUPPER CLUB by Amy E. Reichert  – This is a charming small town romance that features two sweet protagonists you can’t help but root for, along with a fun fashion-forward ghost named Molly.

5. BETTER THAN THE MOVIES by Lynn Painter – A rom-com that features fake dating, enemie-to-lovers, and that basically celebrates all rom-coms.

6.  PLAYING THE PALACE by Paul Rudnick  – A laugh out loud funny rom-com that features a royal, a non-royal, and a loud and lovable Jewish family.  This is a book that deserves more love than it’s getting.

7.  THE SOULMATE EQUATION by Christina Lauren  – Everything about this rom-com put a smile on my face, but River’s adorable scenes with Jess’ daughter, Juno, especially stole my heart.

8.  WAIT FOR IT by Jenn McKinlay  – This romance features hilariously snarky banter in the form of letters taped to doors, as well as finally bonding over an adorable tuxedo cat named Sir.

9. ISN’T IT BROMANTIC? by Lyssa Kay Adams  – The Russian finally getting his own romantic tale is sure to leave you with a smile on your face.

10. ONCE UPON A ROYAL SUMMER by Teri Wilson  – Teri Wilson makes my list twice this weekend because she is the Queen writing books that make me smile.  This one features a sweet romance between a theme park princess and a real-life prince.

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Question:  What are some books you’ve read that have left you with a smile on your face?  Have you read any of my picks?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – I HATE YOU MORE by Lucy Gilmore

 

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in since I first started blogging, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is I HATE YOU MORE by Lucy Gilmore.  I’m not even going to lie…as a Golden Retriever owner, it’s the bacon stealing Golden that first captured my attention on this book.  The synopsis sounds like a lot of fun too though, especially the promise of an enemies to lovers romance with one of the players being a grumpy dog show judge.

I HATE YOU MORE by Lucy Gilmore

Publication Date:  November 2, 2021 by Sourcebooks Casablanca

From Goodreads:

Discover what makes Lucy Gilmore an instant fan favorite with this unforgettably funny enemies-to-lovers romcom starring:
• a grumpy dog show judge
• a determined former beauty queen
• and a Golden Retriever more interested in stealing bacon than winning Best in Show.

Ruby Taylor gave up pageant life the day she turned eighteen and figured she’d never look back. But when an old friend begs her to show her beloved Golden Retriever at the upcoming Canine Classic, Ruby reluctantly straps on her heels and gets to work.

If only she knew exactly what the adorably lazy lump of a dog was getting her into.

If there’s one thing veterinarian Spencer Wilson knows in this world, it’s dogs. Human beings are an entirely different animal. Especially stubborn, gorgeous women clearly in way over their heads. As judge for the local dog show, Spencer advises Ruby to quit while she still can, but her old fervor for winning has returned―and she wants to show the stern, broody-eyed judge that she’s more than just a pretty face. In the end, she’ll show him who’s best in show.

“AS APPEALING AS A PUPPY.” –Publishers Weekly STARRED for Puppy Christmas

 

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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday – My Current Top Ten Fictional Crushes

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Fictional Crushes.  My list is pretty much ever-changing, depending on what I’m reading, but I do have a couple of crushes that seem to always make my list.  Here’s my list, as of today:

My Current Top Ten Fictional Crushes

 

 

1. VERY SINCERELY YOURS by Kerry Winfrey – Everett St. James, the man who has a children’s show.  He’s kind and respectful to all of the kids and he’s also very easy on the eyes.  Who can resist a sexy Mr. Rogers type?

2.  A COURT OF MIST AND FURY by Sarah J. Maas  – Rhysand, High Lord of the Night Court, and by far, the sexiest character from the entire series. He has been on my list for almost 5 years now, haha!

3.  SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo  – Matthias.  At first, I absolutely hated him but by the end, he was one of my favorites.  I don’t know if it was that fierce hate-to-love chemistry between him and Nina or what, but I found him pretty irresistible and cried when we lost him.

4.  MUCH ADO ABOUT YOU by Samantha Young  – Roane Robson, the charismatic and sexy farmer who sweeps the main character Evie off her feet even though she tries her hardest to ignore his flirting.  He’s not a player though and is heart-set on finding that special someone to share his life with. Roane is kind, soft, and total book boyfriend material.

5. ACT YOUR AGE, EVE BROWN by Talia Hibbert – Jacob Wayne, the sexy owner of a B&B.  He’s a total grump but I crushed on him anyway, lol.

6.  PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen  – Mr. Darcy has had my heart ever since I first read this book in high school and he’s still hanging tough on my list.

7.  THE SOULMATE EQUATION by Christina Lauren  – Dr. River Pena, a sexy scientist, who is also adorably shy and awkward.  So good with kids though.  Loved him!

8.  WAIT FOR IT by Jenn McKinlay  – Nick Daire, the sexy landlord from this story who initially comes across as an obnoxious “Get off my lawn!” kind of guy, but who turns about to be quite the softie.  I hated him at the beginning but had major heart eyes for him by the end.

9. ISN’T IT BROMANTIC? by Lyssa Kay Adams  – If you had asked me early on in this series if I would ever crush on Vlad the Russian, I would have laughed in your face, lol. In the early books, he’s quite literally the butt of all of his bro’s fart jokes.  However, once we finally got to know him better in the most recent book, I crushed on him hard because he is pretty much the biggest romantic on the planet.

10. A COURT OF SILVER FLAMES by Sarah J. Maas  – Cassian, the battle-scarred warrior, has typically taken a back seat to Rhys when it comes to my fictional crushes, but his sexiness and passion really came shining through in this novel as he grew close to Nesta. He went from pretty okay to positively swoonworthy for me in this book.

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Question:  Who are some of your fictional crushes?  Do we share any?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – WEATHER GIRL by Rachel Lynn Solomon

 

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in since I first started blogging, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is WEATHER GIRL by Rachel Lynn Solomon.  If you have followed my blog for a while, you know how much I have adored every book of Solomon’s that I’ve read so far.  I didn’t even realize she had another new book coming out so soon and happened across the news a couple of days ago.  Totally made my week and it sounds like another great great read too so I’m super excited. 🙂

 

WEATHER GIRL by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Publication Date:  January 18, 2022 by Berkley

From Goodreads:

A TV meteorologist and a sports reporter scheme to reunite their divorced bosses with unforecasted results in this charming romantic comedy from the author of The Ex Talk.

Ari Abrams has always been fascinated by the weather, and she loves almost everything about her job as a TV meteorologist. Her boss, legendary Seattle weatherwoman Torrance Hale, is too distracted by her tempestuous relationship with her ex-husband, the station’s news director, to give Ari the mentorship she wants. Ari, who runs on sunshine and optimism, is at her wits’ end. The only person who seems to understand how she feels is sweet but reserved sports reporter Russell Barringer.

In the aftermath of a disastrous holiday party, Ari and Russell decide to team up to solve their bosses’ relationship issues. Between secret gifts and double dates, they start nudging their bosses back together. But their well-meaning meddling backfires when the real chemistry builds between Ari and Russell.

Working closely with Russell means allowing him to get to know parts of herself that Ari keeps hidden from everyone. Will he be able to embrace her dark clouds as well as her clear skies?

 

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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Wish I Could Read Again for the First Time

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Books I Wish I Could Read Again for the First Time.  This is a more challenging topic than I thought it would be.  Mostly what comes to mind are either fantasy books that completely blew me away in terms of their worldbuilding and unforgettable characters or books from my childhood that truly captivated me and gave me my love of reading.  Needless to say, my list is going to be a bit of a hodge podge. 🙂

Books I Wish I Could Read Again for the First Time

 

 

 

 

1. THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE by C.S. Lewis – My favorite book in the very first fantasy series I ever read.  This series was for me what the Harry Potter series has been for readers younger than me.  I’d love to go back and discover my love of rich fantasy worlds all over again.

2.  THE HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA by T.J. Klune  – This is a recent read that was just so adorable, whimsical, and feel-good that I’d love to read it for the first time over and over and over again.  Like Groundhog Day but with an amazing book, haha!

3.  THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morganstern  – I actually have a sad reason for wanting to read this one for the first time again.  I recently tried to re-read it and even though I deem it as a favorite, it just wasn’t the same as experiencing it for the first time. I got bored and gave up on it so yeah, would definitely love to turn back time and experience it with fresh eyes.

4.  THE BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE by Katherine Arden  – I loved the intricate worldbuilding in this series, especially all of the Russian folklore.  I read this 5 years ago and it still stands out as one of the most unique fantasies I’ve ever read.  Since so many of them seem like carbon copies of each other, I’d love to go back and experience the refreshing feeling of reading this original tale.

5. A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE by George R.R. Martin – This series has some of the most incredible world building I’ve ever read, not to mention some of the most unforgettable characters.  I’d love to rewind and experience Westeros for the first time again and of course meet the Starks, the Lannisters, the White Walkers, etc.

6.  TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee  – I read this for the first time in 8th grade Honors English. It was my first “grown up” book and I remember feeling very mature and empowered to suddenly have the freedom to read books that explored topics like racism and abuse.  It felt like a whole new world had been opened up to me and I’d love to feel that way again.

7.  THE LUNAR CHRONICLES BY MARISSA MEYER  – This was the book that hooked me on fairytale retellings so I’d love to revisit that heart-eyes moment when I fell in love with the idea of putting new spins on classic tales.

8.  CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY by Roald Dahl  – My first experience with reading this book was in elementary school when the librarian read it aloud to our class. She sang the Oompa Loompa songs and everything. It was pure magic and I’d love to go back to that day and hear it all over again for the first time.

9. CHARLOTTE’S WEB by E.B. White  – This was the first book that made me cry my eyes out. I think it gave me my life for books that rip your heart out, lol.  Probably sounds crazy but I’d love to go back in time and experience that loving of a character so fiercely that it breaks you when they die.

10. THE RULES OF MAGIC by Alice Hoffman  – I picked this book but honestly any of Hoffman’s books fall into this category.  Every story she writes is pure magic for me.  If I was a writer, she’s the person I’d most wish I could write like. So yeah, I’d love to discover her gorgeous prose again for the first time.

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Question:  If you could read any book again for the first time, what would it be?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – GOOD GIRL COMPLEX by Elle Kennedy

 

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in since I first started blogging, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is GOOD GIRL COMPLEX by Elle Kennedy.  This one is calling to me because of the college setting and the good girl meets bad boy trope.

 

GOOD GIRL COMPLEX by Elle Kennedy

Publication Date:  February 1, 2022 by St. Martin’s Griffin

From Goodreads:

She does everything right. So what could go wrong?

Mackenzie “Mac” Cabot is a people pleaser. Her demanding parents. Her prep school friends. Her long-time boyfriend. It’s exhausting, really, always following the rules. Unlike most twenty-year-olds, all she really wants to do is focus on growing her internet business, but first she must get a college degree at her parents’ insistence. That means moving to the beachside town of Avalon Bay, a community made up of locals and the wealthy students of Garnet College.

Mac’s had plenty of practice suppressing her wilder impulses, but when she meets local bad boy Cooper Hartley, that ability is suddenly tested. Cooper is rough around the edges. Raw. Candid. A threat to her ordered existence. Their friendship soon becomes the realest thing in her life.

Despite his disdain for the trust-fund kids he sees coming and going from his town, Cooper soon realizes Mac isn’t just another rich clone and falls for her. Hard. But as Mac finally starts feeling accepted by Cooper and his friends, the secret he’s been keeping from her threatens the only place she’s ever felt at home.

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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂