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Mini Review: Stolen Things by R.H. Herron

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Stolen Things by R.H. Herron Published: August 20, 2019 Publisher: Dutton Format: via audiobook Rating: 3/5 Synopsis “Mama? Help me.” Laurie Ahmadi has worked as a 911 police dispatcher in her quiet Northern California town for nearly two decades. She considers the department her family; her husband, Omid, is its first Arab American chief, and their teenaged daughter, Jojo, has grown up with the force. So when Laurie catches a 911 call and, to her horror, it’s Jojo, the whole department springs into action. Jojo, drugged, disoriented, and in pain, doesn’t remember how she ended up at the home of Kevin Leeds, a pro football player famous for his on-the-field activism and his work with the CapB—“Citizens Against Police Brutality”—movement. She doesn’t know what happened to Kevin’s friend and trainer, whose beaten corpse is also discovered in the house. And she has no idea where her best friend Harper, who was with her earlier in the evening, could be. But when Jojo

Mini Review: One Week 'Til Christmas by Belinda Missen

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One Week Til Christmas by Belinda Missen Published: November 1, 2019 Publisher: HQ Digital Format: via NetGalley Rating: 3/5 Synopsis Two people. One chance meeting. Seven days to Christmas. Isobel Bennett is waiting for the number 11 bus when a man quite literally falls into her lap. Snow is falling, Christmas lights are twinkling, and a gorgeous man with dark brown hair has just slipped on ice and is now pressed against Isobel. Isobel knows she’s not imagining the chemistry between them. But then his ride arrives and, embarrassed, he beats a hasty retreat, murmuring apologies – and Isobel realizes only too late that she didn’t manage to catch his name… When she runs into him again the next morning, she decides it’s fate. It’s a second chance for Isobel and Tom – but there’s only one week until she’s leaving London for good. Seven days of enjoying all the festive delights the city has to offer: ice-skating at Somerset House, mulled wine on the Southbank, Christmas

Mini Review: Under Wraps by Brynn North

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Under Wraps by Brynn North Published: November 9, 2019 Format: free Kindle read Rating: 4/5 Synopsis Luci is a serial dater, always on the lookout for Mr. Right. Heck, even Mr. Right Now would do, but even he seems to be missing in action. She's definitely not feeling the Christmas spirit, so when her boss dumps the major task of organizing the entire company's Christmas event on her lap to get the promotion she's been desperate for, she's more than annoyed. Alex is struggling with the holiday season too, but for an entirely different reason. Not only was he recently dumped by his longtime girlfriend, but he had to let a suave doctor move into his spare room. If having a new roommate wasn’t annoying enough, Luci takes on look at this guy and swoons. Can’t Luci see that Sebastian is just another player who will just break her heart? She deserves better than that! Luci struggles to pull off the double duty of capturing this new man's attention and

Mini Review: Go Ask Fannie by Elisabeth Hyde

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Go Ask Fannie by Elisabeth Hyde Published: April 10, 2018 Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Format: via audiobook Rating: 3/5 Synopsis Everyone has baggage. The Blaire siblings are just taking theirs home for the long weekend. When Murray Blaire invites his three grown children to his New Hampshire farm for a few days, he makes it clear he expects them to keep things pleasant. The rest of his agenda–using Ruth and George to convince their younger sister, Lizzie, to break up with her much older boyfriend–that he chooses to keep private. But Ruth and George arrive bickering, with old scores to settle. And, in a classic Blaire move, Lizzie derails everything when she turns up late, cradling a damaged family cookbook, and talking about possible criminal charges against her. This is not the first time the Blaire family has been thrown into chaos. In fact, that cookbook, an old edition of Fannie Farmer, is the last remaining artifact from a time when they were a family of

Mini Review: Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson

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Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson Published: March 6, 2018 Publisher: William Morrow Format: via audiobook Rating: 3/5 Synopsis Growing up, Kate Priddy was always a bit neurotic, experiencing momentary bouts of anxiety that exploded into full-blown panic attacks after an ex-boyfriend kidnapped her and nearly ended her life. When Corbin Dell, a distant cousin in Boston, suggests the two temporarily swap apartments, Kate, an art student in London, agrees, hoping that time away in a new place will help her overcome the recent wreckage of her life. Soon after her arrival at Corbin’s grand apartment on Beacon Hill, Kate makes a shocking discovery: his next-door neighbor, a young woman named Audrey Marshall, has been murdered. When the police question her about Corbin, a shaken Kate has few answers, and many questions of her own—curiosity that intensifies when she meets Alan Cherney, a handsome, quiet tenant who lives across the courtyard, in the apartment facing Audrey’s. A

Mini Review: 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

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10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston Published: October 1, 2019 Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Format: via audiobook Rating: 4/5 Synopsis Sophie wants one thing for Christmas-a little freedom from her overprotective parents. So when they decide to spend Christmas in South Louisiana with her very pregnant older sister, Sophie is looking forward to some much needed private (read: make-out) time with her long-term boyfriend, Griffin. Except it turns out that Griffin wants a little freedom from their relationship. Cue devastation. Heartbroken, Sophie flees to her grandparents' house, where the rest of her boisterous extended family is gathered for the holiday. That's when her nonna devises a (not so) brilliant plan: Over the next ten days, Sophie will be set up on ten different blind dates by different family members. Like her sweet cousin Sara, who sets her up with a hot guy at an exclusive underground party. Or her crazy aunt Patrice, who signs Sophie up for a lead role i

Release Day Blitz: All the Befores by Samantha Chase

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Samantha Chase is back with ALL THE BEFORES--a new Magnolia Sound story. Be sure to grab your copy today to find out which Magnolia Sound couple is getting married! About ALL THE BEFORES Susannah Westbrook never thought she’d find love again. After a failed marriage, focusing on her children instead of her love life was the best thing to do. Now years later, she’s content with her life. But when she meets Colton Hale, she decides that she wants to be more than just content—she’s ready to take a chance on love once again. After just a year of being together, Colton is ready to spend forever with Susannah—to give her the happily ever after she deserves. But old insecurities have a way of making a comeback when you least want them to. Will they be able to get over all their befores for a chance at their happy ever after? Add ALL THE BEFORES to your TBR! Get your copy of ALL THE BEFORES! Amazon | Apple | Nook | Kobo |

Mini Review: The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

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The Testaments by Margaret Atwood Published: September 10, 2019 Publisher: Nan A. Talese Format: via audiobook Rating: 4.5/5 Synopsis When the van door slammed on Offred's future at the end of The Handmaid's Tale , readers had no way of telling what lay ahead for her--freedom, prison or death. With The Testaments , the wait is over. Margaret Atwood's sequel picks up the story more than fifteen years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead. My Thoughts When I heard there was going to be a follow up to The Handmaid’s Tale I was split down the middle on how I felt about this. One I was excited and the other I didn’t want this book if bad to diminish my thoughts and praise on the first novel. I’m glad to say I was really pleased with The Testaments. In the sequel, we hear from three characters, Aunt Lydia, Agnes who grew up in Gilead and Daisy who grew up in Canada. Through these charac

Mini Review: Last Christmas by Marisa Mackle

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Last Christmas by Marisa Mackle Published: April 24, 2013 Format: via Kindle Rating: 3/5 Synopsis A group of strangers are thrown together unexpectedly at Christmas and spend the holiday together at a tiny guesthouse in the middle of the woods. A fun thought-provoking festive story with a hint of romance. My Thoughts I really enjoyed this short holiday read about a group of strangers who individuals stories all seem to intertwine at the end. Each of these people ends up wanting to enjoy the holidays even if at the beginning they didn’t think they would. What I found so magical was that all these lonely souls came together to celebrate the holidays, and that's what Christmas is all about. This is a very short read but one that gives you a great story in a limited time. This is recommended for anyone who wants a holiday read in a short time.

Mini Review: Christmas in Winter Hill by Melody Carlson

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Christmas at Winter Hill by Melody Carlson Published: September 3, 2019 Publisher: Revell Format: via audiobook Rating: 3/5 Synopsis Krista Galloway is not a fan of Christmas. After her rough childhood in multiple foster homes, the holiday season just brings too many bad memories to the surface. But when she accepts a job as a city manager in the mountain town of Winter Hill, Washington, Christmas is part of the deal. The small town is famous for its Christmasville celebration, something that the city manager . . . well, manages. As she tries to make her tiny new apartment feel like home for her and her eight-year-old daughter, Emily, Krista begins to wonder if this move was a mistake. She doesn't always feel welcomed in the close-knit town, and Emily continually wonders, "Where's the snow?" Can a friendly stranger and his family help restore Krista's Christmas spirit before the big day? My Thoughts Krista and her daughter recently moved

Book Blitz+Giveaway: Home for Christmas by Ann Grech

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Home For Christmas by  Ann Grech Publication date: November 19, 2019 Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance Fate threw him a wicked twist. Or maybe it was the magic of Christmas. Maybe it was just going home. T’was the night before Christmas—three actually—and there was nothing quiet about the club Declan found himself at. The superhero-themed masquerade party was the one thing he’d been looking forward to when he’d been summoned home for Christmas. He usually kept a safe distance between him and his family. It was easier to hide his secret that way. Being gay wasn’t the only thing he was hiding. The truth was far worse—he’d fallen for his stepbrother, Ollie. The night of the masquerade party saw his world was flipped upside down by an enticing stranger. He’d never be the same again. The two men came together when they both needed it most. What followed was one seriously sexy pre-Christmas set of fireworks exploding between them. But he was soon alone again, sitting in an apar

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Monthly Wrap Up: November

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The end of the year is near! This year has been a whirlwind, to say the least, but it been filled with lots of good things and great books! Here’s how my November went book-wise. Books Read 54. 25 Days of Christmas by Poppy Alexander 55. Let It Snow by Nancy Thayer 56. One Week Til Christmas by Belinda Missen 57. Christmas in Winter Hill by Melody Carlson Reading Stats 5 Stars - 0 4 Stars - 0 3 Stars - 4 3.5 Stars - 0 2 Stars - 0 1 Stars - 0 Genres Fiction - 4 Pages Read - 979 Books via Publisher Feels Like Falling by Kristy Woodson Harvey Meg & Jo by Virginia Kantra Blitzed by Alexa Martin Once Removed by Colette Sartor A Mrs. Miracle Christmas by Debbie Macomber Thanks to Ballantine, Gallery, Berkley and Georgia Press for the amazing books! ARC’s via NetGalley/Edelweiss A Good Marriage by Kimberly McCreight That’s it for my November Wrap Up please feel free to share your wrap up I love to check out all things bookis

Mini Review: Let It Snow by Nancy Thayer

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Let It Snow by Nancy Thayer Published: October 15, 2019 Publisher: Ballantine Books Format: via publisher Rating: 3/5 Synopsis Christina Antonioni is preparing for the holidays at her Nantucket toy shop, unpacking last-minute shipments and decorating for her loyal Christmas shoppers. But when her Scrooge of a landlord, Oscar Bittlesman, raises her rent, it seems nearly impossible for Christina to continue business on the wharf. Even so, Christina hopes there is a warm heart underneath Oscar's steely exterior. When she bonds with Wink, his sweet, young granddaughter who frequents the shop, it becomes clear that perhaps he isn't so cold after all. And with the help of Wink's uncle, who happens to be a charming and very handsome bachelor, this may be the best Christmas any of them could have ever imagined. Nancy Thayer's enchanting Nantucket setting provides the perfect backdrop for this holiday love story. My Thoughts If this isn’t made into a Hallma

Mini Review: 25 Days Til Christmas by Poppy Alexander

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25 Days Til Christmas by Poppy Alexander Published: October 8, 2019 Publisher: William Morrow Format: via audiobook Rating:3.5/5 Synopsis Kate Potter used to love Christmas. A few years ago, she would have been wrapping her presents in September and baking mince pies on Halloween, counting down the days and hours to Christmas. But that was before Kate’s husband left for the army and never came home. Now she can hardly stand December at all. Kate can’t deny she’s lonely, yet she doesn’t think she’s ready for romance. She knows that her son, Jack, needs a Christmas to remember—just like Kate needs a miracle to help her finally move forward with her life. So she’s decided if there isn’t a miracle on its way, she’ll just have to make her own. As Kate’s advent countdown to the best Christmas ever begins, she soon realizes that even with the best-laid plans, you can’t plan for the unexpected. For when the path of the loneliest woman in town crosses with that of the lon