Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Spring Book Haul

I'm back with another book haul. I bought these over the last few months. A lot of them came from Thriftbooks, Library booksales, or Goodwill so I feel a little better about the money I have spent. Also, at least half of them were books I already had read or have read since buying them.

Here are the books I purchased.

March 2019 Purchases
The Darkest Surrender
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The Darkest Seduction
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Destined for an Early Grave
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The Bear and the Nightingale
25489134

Rookie Move
27190530

Let Me Tell You about Jasper
30621778

Hot Response
35287623

The Return
18809475

The Power
26125281

The Struggle
25092129

The Prophecy
31193698

April 2019 Purchases
Soulless
6381205

Changeless
6933876

Blameless
7719355

Heartless
8356487

Shades of Wicked
38388574

Love & Gelato
25756328

Secrets of a Summer Night
6587379

It Happened One Autumn
6561363

Devil in Winter
6641611

Scandal in Spring
6621307

Let's Get Textual
35527001

A Scoundrel in Her Bed
38594296

Daughter of the Siren Queen
36682619

Warrior of the Wild
43446574


May 2019 Purchases
The Duchess Deal
33259027

Fluffy
43561153

These Broken Stars
13138635

The Bollywood Bride
18938929

My Not So Perfect Life
30821598

Love from A to Z
40148146

I've Got Your Number
12033455

Illuminae
23395680

Him 
25686927

Us
29475332

Thanks for reading!
Holly

Friday, June 7, 2019

Book Review: Guarding the Amish Midwife by Dana R. Lynn

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Series: Amish Country Justice Book #6
Format: ebook
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
How I Got It: NetGalley
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Suspense, Amish
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads

On the way to deliver a baby, Amish midwife Lizzy Miller witnesses her driver’s murder—and now someone plans to silence her. Lizzy knows better than to trust strangers, but she must depend on former Amish turned Englisch police officer Isaac Yoder. And there’s nowhere safe to hide…unless Isaac reconnects with the Amish community he left behind to protect the woman he’s falling for.

Review

***I received this book via NetGalley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review***

This is my second Amish romance-if you have any recommendations let me know. It was a fast read with compelling characters. The suspense element was suspenseful and gave me that nervous feeling in the pit of my stomach. But the romance felt a little underdeveloped which I think is one of the reasons I usually avoid romantic suspense. I never really felt the love between Lizzy and Isaac-I was just told they fell in love with each other. I did feel/buy the friendship connection between them. Maybe if they had more on-page conversations not related to the murder, it would've been more believable. I would be willing to read another book by Ms. Lynn when I'm in a romantic suspense mood.

Thanks for reading!
Holly

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Book Review: Winter's Beast by Twyla Turner

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Stand Alone:
Format: ebook
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
How I Got It: Purchased
Genre: Dark Romance, Contemporary
Publisher: Self-Published
Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads

Ivan Petrov is a ruthless Russian businessman who is only six degrees off mob boss. He doesn't care about anything other than getting what he wants. And he wants Winter Rose, the prodigy opera singer, and is willing to torment her sexually until she begs for it. He could care less that Yury, his disfigured and most trusted guard has fallen for her. 

Winter's Beast is one part sugar and sweet, two parts sex and sweat. It is not your typical Romance and although it has an HEA, it's a dark, twisty road to get there. 

***WARNING*** 
***Mature Content***May be triggering for some***

Review

Originally, I wasn't going to review this, but I can't get it out of my head. Maybe I should up my rating to 4 stars because of that.

So, this book is very sexual and kinks. This does make me a little uncomfortable, but in a I'm the prude way, not because of the actual writing. I prefer more character and romance development, but Twyla Turner did a good job using the sexual encounters as a character development tool. Although it is a little redundant.

Winter and Yury were interesting characters and I'm grateful for the dual POV. The voice of both characters was a little too similar. Yury's a sympathetic "beast" character and I love a scarred character. There was one thing that happened to him near the end I wish hadn't . It was a solution for something that wasn't really a problem-in my opinion. I found winter's story fascinating. I'm not sure I've read about an albino before. and there was an added layer of her being black-so she didn't look like her family in a more drastic way than I would. Also, as an outside observing white lady, blackness is very important in the black community. Historically, people would idolize whiteness and lighten skin. Now, there's a backlash to that. Of course everyone is beautiful, but Winter has all of this compounding her Albinism. It was really interesting to read about. 

This was an interesting Beauty and the Beast retelling. It is a messy and complicated love story. It isn't for everyone, but I'm glad I read it.

Thanks for reading!
Holly

Monday, June 3, 2019

May Wrap-Up (2019)

I thought I felt a reading slump coming on around the middle of May. But I think I pushed past that because I got a lot of reading accomplished.

Audiobooks really helped. After the Books of Bayern I want more audiobooks-especially full-cast. I'm still only comfortable with listening to fiction if I've already read the book. This is actually helping me read the re-reads I want without cutting into reading of my new books.

June is going to be pretty busy so my reading may take a backseat. Fortunately, I'm pretty ahead on my Goodreads challenge.

Here are the books I've read and their ratings:

The Return-4 Stars
18809475

The Power-4 Stars
25857200

The Fiery Heart-5 Stars
9833184

Top Secret-4 Stars
45280797

Fluffy-3 Stars
43561153

Brain Rules for Aging Well-4 Stars
36220300

The Struggle-4 Stars
25092129

Forest Born-5 Stars
11175924

Fix Her Up-3 Stars
39854434

Tyranny of Petticoats-3 Stars
22020592

The Prophecy-4 Stars
31193698

Fire-4 Stars
6137154

Winter's Beast-3 Stars 
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Thanks for reading!
Holly