Can’t Wait Wednesday – THE SPECTACULAR by Fiona Davis

 

“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 THE SPECTACULAR by Fiona Davis.  I was so excited when I saw Davis on social media talking about this upcoming release because 1) I’ve been working my way through her backlist and only have one book left so I’ll need new reading material from her soon, and 2) this means that all of my favorite historical fiction authors have new books coming out in 2023!  Davis’ new one sounds great too. I always enjoy how her books center on iconic buildings in NYC and there aren’t many that are more iconic than Radio City Music Hall!

 

THE SPECTACULAR by Fiona Davis

Publication Date:  June 13, 2023 by Dutton

From Goodreads:

New York Times bestselling author Fiona Davis transports us back to 1950s Manhattan and the glamorous Radio City Music Hall. . . .

New York City, 1956: Nineteen-year-old Marion is over the moon to have been selected to be one of the Rockettes, Radio City Music Hall’s glamorous precision-dancing troupe. It’s an honor to perform in the world’s most spectacular theater, an art deco masterpiece. But with four shows a day as well as grueling rehearsals, not to mention exacting standards of perfection to live up to, Marion quickly realizes that the life of a Rockette has both extraordinary highs and devastating lows.

Then one night a bomb explodes in the theater. It’s only the latest in a string of explosions around the city orchestrated by a person the press has nicknamed the “Big Apple Bomber.” They have been terrorizing the citizens of New York for sixteen years by planting bombs in popular, crowded spaces. With the public in an uproar over the lack of any real leads after a yearslong manhunt, the police, at Marion’s urging, turn in desperation to a radical new technique: psychological profiling.

As Marion finds herself pulled deeper into the investigation, she realizes that as much as she’s been training herself to blend in—performing in perfect unison with all the other identical Rockettes—if she hopes to catch the bomber, she’ll need to stand out and take a terrifying risk. But she may be forced to sacrifice everything she’s worked for, as well as the people she loves the most.

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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 – Book Covers That Give Me Fall Vibes

 

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 a Thanksgiving Freebie, so I decided I wanted to do a post to share some of my favorite covers whose colors give me fall vibes.  They’re also colors I associate with Thanksgiving, which is why this seemed like a good time to share them.

Book Covers Whose Colors Give Me Fall Vibes

 

 

 

  

 

 

1. THE IT GIRL by Ruth Ware

2. LOVE AND OTHER WORDS by Christina Lauren

3.  HIDE by Kiersten White

4.  IN THE WILD LIGHT by Jeff Zentner

5. THE FIERY CROSS by Diana Gabaldon

6. WRONG PLACE WRONG TIME by Gillian McAllister

7.  VICIOUS by V.E. Schwab

8.  THE HACIENDA by Isabel Canas

9. LOVE, THEORETICALLY by Ali Hazelwood

10. THE BODYGUARD by Katherine Center

11. THE SOULMATE EQUATION by Christina Lauren

12. CARRIE SOTO IS BACK by Taylor Jenkins Reid

 

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Question:  Have you read any of these?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – BEAR WITH ME NOW by Katie Shepard

 

“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 BEAR WITH ME NOW by Katie Shepard. I’m not even going to lie. The draw for me is the cover!  I mean, how often do you see two people running away from a bear on the cover of a rom-com? LOL!  Cover aside, it also sounds like a great read with a mix of romance and that also tackles mental health issues.

 

BEAR WITH ME NOW by Katie Shepard

Publication Date:  April 25, 2023 by Berkley

From Goodreads:

Two people are ready for their lives to get a little wilder in this romantic comedy by debut author Katie Shepard.

After being hospitalized for panic attacks two years after his mother’s death, charitable foundation executive Teagan van Zijl is dragged by his sister to a wilderness therapy retreat in Montana. Lost in the woods, Teagan nearly gets eaten by a bear but is saved by an angel in muddy hiking boots—the program’s handywoman, Darcy Albano, that is. After spending the summer with Darcy, Teagan realizes he doesn’t want to return to New York without her. He hires Darcy as his sober companion—a position he doesn’t actually need filled and for which Darcy is completely unqualified—hoping she can help him figure out how to move forward. But once they get to the city, all Teagan can think of is how to confess the truth while keeping her in his life.

Darcy Albano thought she was going to work as a wilderness guide when she was hired on the camp staff, but ended up a handywoman instead—only the latest screwing-over she’s endured since her ex stole her car and her parents ruined her credit score. But Teagan van Zijl is the silver lining she didn’t expect to appear—clearly going through something but willing to commit to Darcy’s unique brand of wilderness education as the cure for what ails him. They form an unlikely bond based on the unexpected support they provide each other. Darcy never imagined staying in the city, but with Teagan’s unshakeable belief in her abilities, anything seems possible.

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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 – 10 Recent Reads I Have Not Reviewed on the Blog

 

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 actually supposed to be Favorite “Aww” Moments In Books (Share those sweet/cute moments in books that give you warm fuzzies).  I am unfortunately the kind of person who, when reading a topic like this, promptly forgets every moment, aww or not, from every book I’ve ever read. So of course, I completely blanked out and ended up going rogue this week.  I’m way behind on reviews since I took some time off from blogging the last couple of weeks to be with my mom because she was having surgery.  I really need to get caught up so I’m using this week’s TTT to share my thoughts on ten recent reads that I haven’t talked about here yet.  These were meant to be mini reviews but I got a little carried away on a few of them. Oops!

10 Recent Reads I Haven’t Reviewed On My Blog

 

 

 

1. PARIS DAILLENCOURT IS ABOUT TO CRUMBLE by Alexis Hall

I normally love Alexis Hall’s writing and was an especially big fan of Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake, the first book in the Winner Bakes All series, but I have to admit that I struggled with Paris Daillencourt is About to Crumble.  The reality TV baking contest was just as entertaining as in the first book. I loved the behind the scenes moments as we get to watch the show come together and hear the baker’s thoughts on their creations, etc., and I was a huge fan of the hilariously snarky banter between the show’s cohosts and the producers.    I also thought the mental health representation was so well done. Paris, the title character, has an undiagnosed anxiety disorder that is clearly impacting many aspects of his life.  Hall does a wonderful job of realistically showing those impacts as well as Paris’ journey to finally seeking the help he needs.  What actually didn’t work very well for me, unfortunately, was Paris himself and his romantic interest, Tariq, another contestant on the show.  It’s probably just a me thing, but I found Paris to be quite obnoxious, constantly alternating between blurting out offensive elitist comments and then incessantly apologizing for his very existence.  It was kind of cute and quirky at first, but then it got old fast.  Then, there was Tariq, who felt the need to point out to Paris every time he said something offensive, which as I said, is pretty often.  At first I felt bad for Tariq because being with Paris just seemed so exhausting but then that got old too and I was just sitting here like “OMG, it’s not your job to police every stupid thing Paris says.  And why do you offended so easily?” For me, these irritating traits just overshadowed what was otherwise nice chemistry between them and I ultimately found myself indifferent as to whether or not they got a HEA. 3 STARS 

 

2.  THE REWIND by Allison Winn Scotch

If you enjoy a good second chance romance or enemies to lovers romance, you’re going to want to check out The Rewind by Allison Winn Scotch.  I loved this one!  It follows two exes, Frankie and Ezra, who have basically avoided each other for the last ten years after their nasty breakup.  They are forced to see each other again, and to return to their old college campus, when two of their best friends announce they’re getting married there and ask Frankie and Ezra to be in their wedding party.  Frankie hates Ezra so much that she almost tells the bride no, but finally agrees, only to awkwardly bump into Ezra almost as soon as the gets into town.  The entire wedding party engages in some pre-wedding shenanigans at some of their favorite campus haunts, and flash forward a few hours later, and Frankie and Ezra wake up nearly naked, both wearing wedding bands, in a bed in Ezra’s old dorm room, and both with absolutely no memory of what happened to lead to this awkward situation.  The story wonderfully unfolds in a dual timeline, where one timeline takes us back 10 years to see young Ezra and Frankie as they are college students in love, while the other timeline focuses on present-day as Ezra and Frankie try to retrace the events of the previous night, sparks flying between them the entire time.  I really loved the mix of angsty drama and humorous moments, as well as the mystery element of trying to find out what happened.  The Rewind is one of those great reads that has a little something for everyone.  4 STARS

 

3.  THE STAND-UP GROOMSMAN by Jackie Lau

I really enjoyed being back in the Donut Fall in Love world. This time the story focuses on Lindsay’s best friend Vivian Liao, and Ryan’s best friend, Melvin Lee. Like Ryan, Melvin is a celebrity – an actor and stand up comedian, while Vivian works in finance. Vivian is a fan of Melvin’s comedy until they meet one night and he insults her, basically calling her a corporate finance drone and a sell-out. Vivian vows never to speak to him again, but that plan goes off the rails when Lindsay and Ryan set a wedding date and both Vivian and Melvin are asked to be in the wedding party.

I loved the characters in this story. They were definitely the highlight for me, especially the deep dive into Melvin’s character. On the surface, particularly because of his stand up comedy persona, he comes across as loud, brash and sometimes rude. But once you peel off that outer layer, he’s actually a really sensitive guy who is going through a lot. Vivian is also a character that I loved getting to know. She’s dealing with a very complicated family history and dynamic. She has put up a lot of walls to protect herself and all she has worked for, and so to Mel and to a lot of other people, she comes across as a bit of an “ice princess.” I loved getting a more in-depth look at what made Vivian the way she is and getting to see that so much of what comes across as icy and aloof is really just shyness and vulnerability.

It was a lot of fun watching Vivian and Melvin move through the awkward stages of enemies to friends to more than friends as they decide to call a truce so as not to ruin Ryan and Lindsay’s special day. The more they interact, the more it’s clear how good they are for each other and I was definitely rooting for a happily ever after for them. The only drawback for me was that I felt the pacing was a little show at times, particularly when Melvin is on stage doing his comedy routines. That part dragged a bit for me and since the romance was also slow burn, I found myself occasionally wanting to just skip ahead and get to the good stuff. Still a very enjoyable read overall and one I recommend to anyone who’s a fan of the opposites attract trope and of slow burn romances. 3 STARS

 

4.  THE THINGS WE LEAVE UNFINISHED by Rebecca Yarros

This was my first time reading something from Rebecca Yarros and man, did she blow me away with this beautifully crafted dual timeline story. The present day follows Georgia Stanton, who has returned to the town where she was raised by her great-grandmother, famous romance novelist Scarlett Stanton.  While there, Georgia encounters her mother, whom she is estranged from, and she is shocked to hear that her mother has been trying to broker a deal to have someone complete Scarlett’s last unfinished manuscript.  Georgia’s mother clearly has dollar signs in her eyes and has already contracted another famous author, Noah Harrison, to do the job.  Georgia and Noah immediately butt heads, although there’s major chemistry there simmering beneath the surface, and the present day timeline follows the evolution of their relationship as Noah sets out the write this book in a way that honors Scarlett’s memory.  The second timeline, which is set in England in 1940, follows the subject matter from Scarlett’s manuscript, which actually turns out to be about Scarlett herself and Jameson,  the handsome American fighter pilot who was the love of her life.  It details the trials and tribulations of being in love with someone in the middle of a warzone, where tragedy can strike at any moment.  Every aspect of this story was beautifully told and I was all in for the couples in both timelines. I also loved the unexpected twist at the end that, for me, just took this book to a whole new level.  5 STARS

 

5. THE GUNCLE by Steven Rowley

I don’t have too much to say about this one except that it’s one you really have to experience yourself to appreciate what a special, heartwarming, feel good gem of a book it is.  It far exceeded my expectations.  There’s lots of humor in this book too, but my heart just melted watching Patrick, or Gay Uncle Patrick (GUP, as the kids call him), learn how to parent and care for his niece and nephew after tragedy strikes and leaves them orphaned.  Patrick has a lot to learn and there are many ups and downs, but his love for these kids shines through every step of the way.  5 STARS

 

6. THE NEAR WITCH by V.E. Schwab

I’ve been working my way through V.E. Schwab’s backlist and finally devoured this witchy read Halloween week.  Although it’s not my favorite from Schwab, it was still a solid read and definitely a good one for spooky season.  I loved the unique premise, that it felt like it was equal parts fairytale, horror story, and even a bit of romance.  The Near Witch is also just such an atmospheric and creepy read. It includes an intense hunt for children who have suddenly and mysteriously started disappearing from their beds, haunting tales of witches and curses, and even a nameless boy who seems to appear and disappear like smoke.  4 STARS

 

7.  HUSBAND MATERIAL by Alexis Hall

Alexis Hall makes my list twice this week and I had slightly better luck with Husband Material.  It was fun being back in this world and seeing how the relationship between Luc and Oliver has evolved.  I was a little torn on this one because I went in expecting the endless laughs like we got in the first book in the series, but this one, while there’s definitely still some humor, takes a much more dramatic and emotional turn overall.  At first I was a little put off by it just because I came in looking for the laughs, but by the end, I ended up really enjoying and appreciating the realistic portrayals of the ups and downs of a relationship.  3.5 STARS

 

8.  BREATHLESS by Amy McCulloch

Wow, this one was a roller coaster ride!  It follows journalist Cecily Wong, who is on an expedition to climb Manaslu, the eighth highest peak in the world.  She’s attempting it because if she makes it to the summit, Charles McVeigh, a world famous mountaineer, has agreed to let her interview him.  He typically never grants interviews so Cecily is determined to make the most of this opportunity.  She’s in way over her head though as she doesn’t have the experience to make such a dangerous climb.  Following Cecily as she attempts this is exhilarating and suspenseful in its own right, but add into the mix that her fellow climbers suddenly start dying off one by one in freak accidents that are starting to seem more and more suspicious the higher they climb.  Are these truly accidents or is there a killer among them?  If you’re in the mood for a twisty, atmospheric thriller that will leave you breathless (see what I did there, haha!), you’ll definitely want to check this one out!  4 STARS

 

9. THE LOST HUSBAND by Katherine Center

Katherine Center is another author whose backlist I’ve slowly been working my way through and The Lost Husband is another absolutely lovely read from her. It’s a heartwarming, poignant story about the challenges of moving on after the loss of a loved one. It follows Libby Moran, whose husband suddenly and unexpectedly died, leaving her alone to raise her precocious young daughter.  When we meet Libby, she is living with her overbearing and overly critical mother and is looking for an escape.  That escape comes in the form of a letter from her quirky Aunt Jean who invites Libby and her daughter to come live on her goat farm.  Libby accepts, and thus begins a life changing adventure for her as she starts to find her path forward after loss.  I adored everything about this book – the characters, the farm/small town setting, the handsome loner who may just be the one to open Libby’s heart to love again, and the story’s overall message. There’s even a Netflix adaptation of this one and I can’t wait to watch it! 4.5 STARS

 

10. THE HACIENDA by Isabel Canas

Set right after the Mexican War of Independence, The Hacienda is described as Mexican Gothic meets Rebecca. The story follows Beatriz, whose father is executed in the aftermath of the war. When Don Rodolfo Solórzano proposes to Beatriz, she chooses to ignore the rumors surrounding his first wife’s demise, desperate to seize the security his country estate offers. Rodolfo’s home unfortunately is not the sanctuary she was hoping for, and when he heads back to the capital to work, visions and voices invade Beatriz’s sleep. Rodolfo’s sister, Juana, scoffs at Beatriz’s fears, but Beatriz knows two things for certain: Something is wrong with the hacienda. And no one there will help her. Desperate for help, Beatriz turns to a young priest, Padre Andrés. No ordinary priest, Andrés will have to rely on his skills as a witch to battle the presence haunting the hacienda and protect Beatriz for whom he feels a powerful, forbidden attraction. But even he might not be enough to battle the darkness.  It took me a few chapters to really get into this story, but once it grabbed me, I couldn’t put it down. It’s gripping and suspenseful, with a creepy Gothic vibe. The perfect read for spooky season! 4 STARS

 

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Question:  Have you read any of these?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – LOVE, THEORETICALLY by Ali Hazelwood

 

“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, THEORETICALLY by Ali Hazelwood.  I’m always up for a STEM-inist rom-com from Ali Hazelwood and her new one featuring rival physicists sounds like it’s going to be another winner.

LOVE, THEORETICALLY by Ali Hazelwood

Publication Date:  June 13, 2023 by Berkley

From Goodreads:

Rival physicists collide in a vortex of academic feuds and fake dating shenanigans in this delightfully STEMinist romcom from the New York Times bestselling author of The Love Hypothesis and Love on the Brain.

The many lives of theoretical physicist Elsie Hannaway have finally caught up with her. By day, she’s an adjunct professor, toiling away at grading labs and teaching thermodynamics in the hopes of landing tenure. By other day, Elsie makes up for her non-existent paycheck by offering her services as a fake girlfriend, tapping into her expertly honed people pleasing skills to embody whichever version of herself the client needs.

Honestly, it’s a pretty sweet gig—until her carefully constructed Elsie-verse comes crashing down. Because Jack Smith, the annoyingly attractive and broody older brother of her favorite client, turns out to be the cold-hearted experimental physicist who ruined her mentor’s career and undermined the reputation of theorists everywhere. And that same Jack who now sits on the hiring committee at MIT, right between Elsie and her dream job.

Elsie is prepared for an all-out war of scholarly sabotage but…those long, penetrating looks? Not having to be anything other than her true self when she’s with him? Will falling into an experimentalist’s orbit finally tempt her to put her most guarded theories on love into practice?

 

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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 – Ten Series I’d Like to Start, Catch up on, and/or Finish

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 Series I’d Like to Start/Catch up on/Finish. I’m notoriously bad about reading series.  No matter how much I want to read one, it takes me forever to start it in the first place and then I almost never read the series straight through. In fact, if I read more than one or two books in the same series a year, it’s a major accomplishment. In recent years, I have been making more of an effort to move through the ones that have been lingering on my shelves so now I’m finally ready to finish up what’s left and start a few new ones.  Here’s my latest list…

Series I’d Like to Start, Catch up on, and/or Finish

 

1. THE INHERITANCE GAMES – JENNIFER LYNN BARNES

 
 

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2. THE DAEVABAD TRILOGY

 
 

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3. BEARTOWN by Fredrik Backman

(I need to read the 2nd and 3rd books.)

 
 

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4. THE PARADISE TRILOGY by Elin Hilderbrand

 

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5. GETTING LUCKY by Meghan Quinn

 

 

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6. WINSTON BROTHERS by Penny Reid

 
 

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 7. CENTRAL PARK PACT by Lauren Layne

(I need to read the 2nd and 3rd books.)
  

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8. OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon

(I’ve read the first book but that was years ago so I need to start over).
      
 

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9. BRIDGERTON by Julia Quinn

(I’ve read the first 3 books but need to finish the series)

    
 

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10. CONSORTIUM REBELLION by Jessie Mihalik

    

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Question:  Have you read any of these?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – NOT YOUR EX’S HEXES by April Asher

 

“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 NOT YOUR EX’S HEXES by April Asher. I’m finding myself still in the mood for witchy reads today so I’m sharing another fun one that will be coming out early next year.

NOT YOUR EX’S HEXES by April Asher

Publication Date:  February 7, 2023 by St. Martin’s Press/St. Martin’s Griffin

From Netgalley:

In April Asher’s next Supernatural Singles novel, Not Your Ex’s Hexes, a one-night-stand between a willful witch and a broody half-demon conjures an adventure that wouldn’t be complete without several magical mishaps.

For her entire life, Rose Maxwell trained to become the next Prima on the Supernatural Council. Now that she’s stepped down, it’s time for this witch to focus on herself. And not think about her impulsive one-night stand with Damian Adams, a half-Demon Veterinarian who she can’t get out of her head. Neither of them is looking for a relationship. But when Rose is sentenced to community service at Damian’s animal sanctuary it becomes impossible for them to ignore their sparking attraction. A friends-with-benefits, no feelings, no strings arrangement works perfectly for them both.

After a sequence of dead-end jobs, it’s not until Rose tangos with two snarly demons that she thinks she’s finally found her path. However, this puts Damian back on the periphery of a world he thought he left behind. He doesn’t approve of Rose becoming a Hunter, but if there’s one thing he’s learned about the stubborn witch, it was telling her not to do something was one sure-fire way to make sure she did.

Working—and sleeping—together awakens feelings Damian never knew he had…and shouldn’t have. Because thanks to his ex’s hex, if he falls in love, he’ll not only lose his heart—but his humanity.

 

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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. 🙂

Can’t Wait Wednesday – CODE NAME SAPPHIRE by Pam Jenoff

 

“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 CODE NAME SAPPHIRE by Pam Jenoff.  I’ve been on the hunt for new WWII historical fiction to add to my TBR and came across this one.  My last two reads from Jenoff were both five stars, so I’m excited to get my hands on a copy of her latest, which sounds like such a powerful story.

CODE NAME SAPPHIRE by Pam Jenoff

Publication Date:  February 7, 2023 by Park Row

From Goodreads:

A woman must rescue her cousin’s family from a train bound for Auschwitz in this riveting tale of bravery and resistance, from the bestselling author of The Lost Girls of Paris

1942Hannah Martel has narrowly escaped Nazi Germany after her fiancé was killed in a pogrom. When her ship bound for America is turned away at port, she has nowhere to go but to her cousin Lily, who lives with her family in Brussels. Fearful for her life, Hannah is desperate to get out of occupied Europe. But with no safe way to leave, she must return to the dangerous underground work she thought she had left behind.

Seeking help, Hannah joins the Sapphire Line, a secret resistance network led by a mysterious woman named Micheline and her enigmatic brother Mateo. But when a grave mistake causes Lily’s family to be arrested and slated for deportation to Auschwitz, Hannah finds herself torn between her loyalties. How much is Hannah willing to sacrifice to save the people she loves? Inspired by incredible true stories of courage and sacrifice, Code Name Sapphire is a powerful novel about love, family and the unshakable resilience of women in even the hardest of times.

 

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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 – 10 Not So Scary Movies & TV Shows I Love to Watch during Spooky Season

 

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 a Halloween Freebie, so since I’ve already shared some spooky season books in a previous TTT post this year, I decided it would be fun to share some of my favorite things to watch during spooky season.  Now I’m a big chicken, so please keep that in mind as you peruse my list.  You won’t find any Freddy Kreugers or chainsaw-wielding Jasons on there!  My Halloween tastes lean toward the fun, silly, fantastical, and only slightly spooky variety.  Who knows if the clips will actually play or not by the time this post goes live, but I’ve tried to share the official trailers for each of these in case, by some chance, you haven’t seen them before.

10 Not So Scary Movies & TV Shows

I Love to Watch during Spooky Season

 

1. E.T. The Extra Terrestrial

 

2. Hocus Pocus

 

3.  Hocus Pocus 2

 

4. Beetlejuice

 

5. The Nightmare Before Christmas

 

6. Ghostbusters

 

7. The Addams Family

 

8. Any of the Harry Potter Films

 

9. Practical Magic

 

10. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

 

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Question:  Do you have any spooky season favorites you like to stream every year?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – THE PLUS ONE by Mazey Eddings

 

“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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Apologies for my absence since this time last week.  I had a huge work deadline that left me with no time or energy to blog, but I made my deadline and then took a day to recover so now I’m back.  My selection for this week is THE PLUS ONE by Mazey Eddings, the third book in Eddings’ A Brush with Love series.  I loved the first two books in the series and this one sounds just as entertaining as those two were.

 

THE PLUS ONE by Mazey Eddings

Publication Date:  April 4, 2023 by Berkley Books

From Goodreads:

What starts out as a fake wedding date turns into something these childhood enemies never expected in the next sparkling romantic comedy by Mazey Eddings.

Some facts are indisputable. The sun rises in the east, sets in the west. Gravity exits. Indira doesn’t like Jude. Jude doesn’t like Indira. But what happens when these childhood enemies find the only thing they can rely on is each other?

On paper, Indira has everything together. An amazing job, a boyfriend, and a car. What more could a late twenty-something ask for? But when she walks in on her boyfriend in an amorous embrace with a stranger, that perfect on paper image goes up in flames.

Jude has nothing together. A doctor that’s spent the last three years traveling the world to treat emergencies and humanitarian crises, a quick trip home for his best friend’s wedding has him struggling to readjust.

Thrust into an elaborate (and ridiculously drawn out) wedding event that’s stressing Jude beyond belief and has Indira seeing her ex and his new girlfriend far more frequently than any human should endure, the duo strike a bargain to be each other’s fake dates to this wedding from hell. The only problem is, their forced proximity and fake displays of affection are starting to feel a bit… real, and both are left grappling with the idea that a situation that couldn’t be worse, is made a little better with the other around.

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