Brandee’s Mid-Year(ish) Update ~ Brandee & Linda’s Excellent Reading Challenge Adventure

Brandee’s Mid-Year(ish) Update ~ Brandee & Linda’s Excellent Reading Challenge Adventure

You know, the thing with me and challenges is I’m pretty dang good at doing the reading. But I’m terrible at updating my progress. 😉 I meant to do this update in June (mid-year) and it’s now August (WOW!). But I wanted to share how I’m doing with this challenge of ours. As always, a shout out to GirlXOXO for providing a comprehensive list of 2022 reading challenges for us to choose from! All challenges listed link back to the websites of those hosting each particular challenge. Thanks to all those who host these challenges!   From the Read Harder Challenge: Read a book set in a bookstore. Read an award-winning book from the year you were born. Read a queer retelling […]

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Review ~ Further to Fall ~ Catherine Cowles

Review ~ Further to Fall ~ Catherine Cowles

I picked up Further to Fall from my virtual bookshelf because CCowles was an attending author at Book Bonanza and seeing as I’d acquired several of her books, I thought I’d give her a try. 😉 Further to Fall was a nice introduction to CCowles and her writing which is a good thing considering I have more of her backlist to read. 😀 Carter McCarthy is a newly minted teacher from Georgia who’s found her way to L.A. She’s taken a job in a low-income district, determined to make a difference. Carter is everything you want in an elementary school teacher. She’s kind, compassionate, and creative. Her students quickly respond to her and you know she’s making that difference. She’s […]

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Review ~ Misconduct ~ Penelope Douglas

Review ~ Misconduct ~ Penelope Douglas

With Misconduct, PDouglas cemented her place as one of my all-time favorite authors. Misconduct takes two familiar tropes – age-gap plus off-limits romance – and makes them fresh and utterly gripping. When I wasn’t reading about Easton and Tyler, I was thinking about them. So, so good! Easton is a former junior tennis star who gave up that life as circumstances dictated. Those circumstances have kept her distrusting and leery of men and relationships. She keeps to herself and is only close with her brother. She’s embarking on a new career in teaching and with her brother at her back, she’s poised to make a difference. Tyler is a self-made very wealthy man. Having made a name for himself in […]

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Audio Review ~ Lothaire ~ Kresley Cole

Audio Review ~ Lothaire ~ Kresley Cole

Lothaire is a character I’ve long looked forward to learning more about. He’s the Enemy of Old to be sure but I’ve found him to be quite a lot of fun, too. I was excited to get his book. Even more so to see what kind of woman would bring him to his knees. Ellie – Elizabeth to Lothaire – was a spitfire of a girl. Growing up in the mountains of Appalachia and enduring what the mines did to her family only sharpened the girl she was. She was whip-smart, witty, tenacious, resourceful, and determined. That she’d been inhabited by a demoness and ended up on death row after the occupier went on a killing spree was nothing Ellie […]

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Review ~ All In ~ Emma Scott

Review ~ All In ~ Emma Scott

All In… *sigh* Why was I so afraid to be All In?!? I was rather devastated at the end of Full Tilt. Devastated in a beautiful way but destroyed nonetheless. I’m certain that’s why I put off All In. However, if anyone can take something so raw and painful and make it beautiful, it’s Emma Scott. And she was All In. Kasey and Theo lost Jonah but before he died, he extracted promises from them both. Two months after, though, Kasey is struggling too much with memories and the feelings they evoke so she heads to NOLA. There, without her support network, she hits rock bottom. Oh, she goes through the motions of living but inside she’s slowly dying. Luckily, […]

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Review: Trouble With the Cursed – Kim Harrison

Review: Trouble With the Cursed – Kim Harrison

Trouble with the cursed is an adrenaline rush on crack! Rachel has so many things going on at the same time it’s almost impossible to keep up and breath at the same time! Oh my gosh! I don’t even know why I’ve waited a bit over a month to read this latest installment in the Hollows series, but somehow that happened. Rachel is still my best demon-witch, and I love her with all my heart! Even if there’s not really much I can say without spoiling things for those who haven’t gotten this far in the series yet… Of course, Jenks is very present in Trouble with the Cursed, even when Rachel tries to protect him. And Trent is there […]

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Review ~ The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea ~ Elizabeth O’Roark

Review ~ The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea ~ Elizabeth O’Roark

It’s official. With The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, EO’Roark solidified her place as a new favorite author. And I don’t care what you say, I’m not choosing between Hayes and Josh. Nope. Not gonna do it. 😉 Okay, so I absolutely FLOVE the setup for this one. Drew, who we met in A Deal with the Devil, is invited to spend a vacation with her on again/off again boyfriend and his family. The only problem being that his brother also being present. His annoyingly judgemental but HOT brother. Did I mention he’s HOT?!? 😉 Josh is constantly getting in Drew’s business when Six (who does have a common name but he’s a rock star so…) doesn’t show for […]

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Can You Read a Series in a Month? Review ~ Scoring the Billionaire ~ Max Monroe

Can You Read a Series in a Month? Review ~ Scoring the Billionaire ~ Max Monroe

Scoring the Billionaire was fantastic! It gave me all the feels, kept me giggling, and the conflict in Wes and Winnie’s story didn’t make my left eye twitch. 😉 So overall, I was correct in assuming that Wes and Winnie would end the series winningly! 😀 Despite know the least about these MCs going in (well, except for book 1 but cut me some slack here) I was truly excited for Scoring the Billionaire. I guess it’s because Wes has been such an enigma and after meeting Winnie in Banking the Billionaire, I just knew she’d tame Wes in the best of ways. I was not disappointed. So Wes is the one billionaire bad boy that we’ve seen the least. […]

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Can You Read a Series in a Month? Review ~ Banking the Billionaire ~ Max Monroe

Can You Read a Series in a Month? Review ~ Banking the Billionaire ~ Max Monroe

Hot diggity! Banking the Billionaire delivered on the story I was keen to get on Cassie and added in the delight of the unexpectedness of Thatch. I got snark, pranks, holy hotness, and character growth! That’s a whole lot of goodness. 😉 It wasn’t without its issues but I enjoyed this installment more because of the emotional growth. What Worked Characters Okay, so Cassie was the one I was most excited to get better acquainted with. I mean, she’s a woman who is strong, smart, talented, and sexually empowered. I had no idea she was such a prankster. The stunts she pulls trying to one up Thatch were hilarious. Getting to meet her family and understand her on a deeper […]

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ARC Review ~ When It Falls Apart ~ Catherine Bybee

ARC Review ~ When It Falls Apart ~ Catherine Bybee

I was thrilled to see When It Falls Apart land in my inbox. I’ve been meaning to read Catherine Bybee since meeting her in 2013 (yeah, I’m a bit s-l-o-w) and getting to be in on a new series from the ground level was really appealing. Luca and Brooke were a charming way to meet all the D’Angelos and this series. Brooke was so…REAL! Needing a change following a breakup as well as having to take over primary care of her ailing father, she finds herself relocating to San Diego. Things seem to fall into place when she finds a facility for her father conveniently located and new digs in the area that drew her to San Diego in the […]

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