Top Ten Tuesday: Inspirational / Thought-Provoking Book Quotes

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s is Inspirational / Thought-Provoking Book Quotes. Here are some quotes I’ve found that I keep in the back of my mind.

1. “Don’t judge each other. We all have our own shit. Keep your eyes on yours and your nose out of everyone else’s unless you’re invited in. And when you get the invitation, help, don’t judge.” 

-Kim Holden, Bright Side

2. “You are who you are. Don’t be ashamed of yourself. At all. Surround yourself with people who cheer you on.” 

-Jessica Park, Flat-Out Celeste

3. “You can’t ask someone to love you or be there for you or do the right thing—and you certainly can’t guilt them into it. Either they will or they won’t.”

-Katherine Center, How to Walk Away

4. “I think people find each other when they’re ready for them. When they need each other the most. And it’s in that time of need that the strongest relationships are formed.”

-Kim Holden, Gus

5. “You can’t reach what’s in front of you until you let go of what’s behind you.”

-Jessica Park, 180 Seconds

6. “The downside of love is heartache and uncertainty, but the upside of falling is finding an everlasting love that will carry you through a lifetime of happiness.”

-Meghan Quinn, The Downside of Love

7. “Someone else’s opinion of you is none of your business.” Let me say that again for the people in the cheap seats.”

-Rachel Hollis, Girl, Wash Your Face

8. “The longer you wait to do something you should do now, the greater the odds that you will never actually do it.” 

-John C. Maxwell, The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth

9. “I’m not saying you shouldn’t pursue dreams and goals. Just don’t forsake the present for the unknowns of the future. A lot of happiness is bypassed, overlooked, postponed to a time years from now that may never come. Don’t bide your time and miss out on this moment for a tomorrow with no guarantee.”

-Kim Holden, Bright Side

10. “Whenever you lose someone you love, you have those lingering regrets. You wish you could hug them or kiss them or talk to them…I don’t want those regrets” 

-Lisa DeJong, When It Rains

Mini Reviews: Unbroken & Becoming

Series: Loveless, Texas, #0.5
Author: Jay Crownover
Publication Date: May 14, 2019

Publisher: Forever Yours
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★


From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men series comes a captivating novella about a rugged rodeo star who will do anything to protect the people he loves.

When rodeo star Crew Lawton loses everything in a bad bet, he has no choice but to take a new job to pay off his debts – even if it means becoming the face of an expensive male skincare line. Crew is used to getting sweaty and rustling in the dirt, not posing for photo shoots. And he’s certainly not used to being bossed around by a woman who doesn’t even know the difference between bulls and broncs. But Crew owes money to dangerous criminals, and he’ll do anything Della says in order to pay them back and keep them far away from his family in Loveless, Texas…

The launch of her new men’s line for her family’s company means everything to Della Deveaux, and she’s not willing to let some rugged, arrogant cowboy ruin her campaign. Crew Lawton is the last man she would have chosen to represent her chic, sophisticated brand. Unfortunately, her father already invested millions in Crew’s stupidly handsome face. Yet the more time they spend together, Della and Crew realize that opposites do attract. But when the time comes for Crew to face his past mistakes, will he be able to protect his family…and the woman he’s come to love?

My thoughts:

Unbroken was a really fun way to begin a new series. Crew and Della were complete opposites and I liked what that effect that had on the story and their relationship. There were so many great little moments between them. I’m a little sad this was just a novella because I could have read an entire book about Crew and Della. Unbroken made me excited for what’s to come in Loveless, Texas.

Author: Michelle Obama
Narrator: Michelle Obama
Publication Date: November 13, 2018
Publisher: Random House Audio
Genre: Memoir

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States.

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African-American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.

My thoughts:

At first, I was intimidated by the almost 20 hours of listening Becoming is. I shouldn’t have been. Listening to Michelle Obama tell her life story was so interesting. I loved hearing about her youth, her relationship with President Obama, and everything she went through in the White House. I am even more impressed with her now. This book is definitely worth a listen or read. Michelle Obama is very inspiring.

Blog Tour: Time (Penny Reid)


“Utterly addictive, fascinating, hilarious, and absolutely electric chemistry!”

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New York Times bestselling author Penny Reid’s The Laws of Physics Trilogy is complete with TIME!


A (brokenhearted) physicist.

Now an infamous (who is LITERALLY EVERYWHERE!! UGH!) musician.

The worst has already happened.

Mona has learned that she has nothing figured out and plans are meaningless. After leaving her in Aspen, Abram is now breaking sales-records, rising to rock star fame almost overnight. Mona can’t seem to escape him. He is literally everywhere, or at least images of him are.

Just when she thinks things can’t get any more confusing, Abram returns . . . What happens next? Only TIME will tell.

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I wrapped my arms around her body, lifted her off the ground, and kissed her lips. She was warm, and soft, and tasted like peppermint and honey. I bit back a groan. God, she felt good. Great. Celestial. Heavenly. I may have surprised her, but she responded immediately, enthusiastically, twisting her arms around my neck, opening her mouth and welcoming the invasion of mine. It wasn’t enough. It was a crumb, and I was starving. Desire—to tighten my hold, devour, take, keep, cherish, to never let her go—obscured thought and sight, and I slipped a hand under her shirt to touch the silky skin of her back, sliding my fingers upward until they rested under her bra strap. Mona lifted her chin, breaking our mouths apart, and I kissed the point of it, the elegant line of her jaw, the tender spot beneath her ear, the hot skin where Mona’s graceful neck met the slope of her shoulder. I was so hungry for her, I couldn’t stop myself from tasting every exposed inch. “Abram,” she said, her voice a breathless, disbelieving whisper, followed by a little laugh. Her fingers flexed at the back of my neck, pressing me closer. Every part of my body hummed and vibrated, unable to contain the immensity of now, of this divine feeling. “You’re here,” she said, her soft voice full of wonder and happiness, soothing the ravenous panic holding me hostage for the past six days. It had been a peculiar kind of madness, not being able to reach her while pretending all was fine, pretending she didn’t occupy my mind every second of the day. But receding now, it left a new kind of turmoil and urgency in its wake. We had no time. No, I corrected myself, We have time. We have the rest of our lives. “I need your fu—your phone number.” I spoke gruffly against her neck, squeezing my eyes shut and breathing her in, again and again, the heat and sweetness of Mona. I’d missed her, and that was a gross understatement. I’d been speeding toward this moment for days and being with her now felt like the aftermath of a head-on collision. Stupefied, frantic, but determined to enjoy every shared second remaining. My hands were shaking. We have time. Calm down. Calm down. Mona laughed lightly, the sound melodic, beautiful, and she pressed a kiss under my ear. “Why didn’t you just ask Leo? Or send me an email?” Leo. I worked to keep the darkness of my thoughts from showing on my face as I leaned away, letting her slide to the ground but unwilling to release her fully, fisting my unsteady hands into her T-shirt. “I couldn’t find an email for you anywhere, and neither could Marie. She tried calling your department for me. They told her all media requests had to go through the PR department at the university and it would take two weeks to a month for a response.” “Ah, that’s true. My email is on lockdown, otherwise it gets out of hand.” She nodded contritely. “But what about Leo?” “Leo.” I forced my jaw to relax and I lowered my voice but couldn’t completely disguise the intensity of my wrath. “Leo wouldn’t give me your number.” Mona’s hand moved to my face, her palm pressed against my cheek, the pads of her fingers softly stroking my beard. “What? Are you serious?” “Yes,” I ground out. “He said he was doing me a favor. So I flew to LA.” “You flew to LA?” I felt her body tense, and the moment realization dawned, her beautiful eyes growing impossibly large as they moved over my face. “You must be so tired and—but I wasn’t in LA, I was—” “Here. Yes. I found that out yesterday when I stopped by your department at Caltech and they told me you weren’t due back until Friday,” I rushed to explain, multitasking, using the time to devour the sight of her, soak and submerge in the reality of being here with her. Calm down. We. Have. Time.

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Mini Reviews: Naked Love & Look the Part

Today I have two mini reviews for you. They are both for books by Jewel E. Ann and were recommended to me by Daisy Gal over at DG Book Blog.

Naked Love
Author: Jewel E. Ann
Publication Date: February 28, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★


What happens when a high-heeled diva goes camping with her sister’s dog?

Avery Montgomery, fashionista and preacher’s daughter, needs a ride from Milwaukee to Los Angeles.

“Make my death quick, and please don’t tie me up. I’m claustrophobic.”

Jake Matthews, diva-hater, agrees to let her tag along on his annual but primitive trek to the West Coast.

“Okay, Princess, I’ll take you to L.A., but your crown won’t make it there in one piece.”

She’s desperate and out of options.
He’s ruthless and out of patience.

Don’t miss this sexy, hilarious, and heart-warming journey of self-discovery and raw … naked love.

My thoughts:

I have some big mixed feelings on Naked Love. I started off not liking it so much because Avery is this materialistic, clueless woman who wants a sugar daddy to take care of her. I was really turned off by the fact that she felt so slighted. Then she meets Jake. Jake is pretty much her opposite and hates Avery from the moment he meets her. Things got fun at the part with all their animosity and banter. Where things got messy for me were when they started having a sexual relationship and falling for each other. They taught each other some things about themselves, which I liked. Then everything goes sideways and they were learning some new things. I wasn’t sure what to make of Avery’s new conclusions. Part of me liked it, but part of me felt like maybe she was backsliding. I don’t know. In the end, I wasn’t completely sold on Avery and Jake’s relationship. It was a fun book to read, though.

Look the Part
Author: Jewel E. Ann
Publication Date: January 29, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


Flint Hopkins finds the perfect tenant to rent the space above his Minneapolis-based law office.

All the t’s are crossed and i’s dotted on Ellen’s application. Her references are good. And she’s easy on the eyes.

Until …

Flint discovers Ellen Rodgers, Board-Certified Music Therapist, plays music. Bongos, guitars, singing—not Beethoven administered through noise-cancelling headphones.

The cut-throat attorney serves up an eviction notice to the bubbly, constantly humming redhead who’s too sexy for her own good. But luck is on Ellen’s side when Flint’s autistic son, Harrison, takes an instant liking to her. A single dad can’t compete with guitars—and rats. Yes, she has pet rats.

This woman …

She’s annoyingly happy with a constant need to touch him—adjust his tie, button his shirt, invade his space, and mess with his mind.

Still …

She must go.

My thoughts:

I loved Look the Part. It was a really sweet romance between two people trying to move on from their pasts. Ellen was almost there when she met Flint, but Flint had a lot of growth and realization coming his way. I loved how Ellen pushed in him the ways he needed. I also loved how Ellen was with Flint’s autistic son. Harrison was such a special character. Look the Part was just one of those special romances that are so fun to read.

Review: The Bride Test (Helen Hoang)

The Bride Test
Series: The Kiss Quotient, #2
Author: Helen Hoang
Publication Date: May 7, 2019
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


From the critically acclaimed author of The Kiss Quotient comes a romantic novel about love that crosses international borders and all boundaries of the heart…

Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions — like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. His family knows better— that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride.

As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity arises to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can’t turn it down, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn’t go as planned. Esme’s lessons in love seem to be working… but only on herself. She’s hopelessly smitten with a man who’s convinced he can never return her affection.

With Esme’s time in the United States dwindling, Khai is forced to understand he’s been wrong all along. And there’s more than one way to love.

The Bride Test is a book about a modern-day arranged marriage. Esme has been given the opportunity to leave her humble beginnings in Vietnam to possibly become the wife of an American. She’s excited for what this marriage could mean for herself and her family back in Vietnam. But when Esme arrives in California, she discovers that her could be husband is not so excited to meet her. Khai has no desire to get married. He doesn’t do feelings or love. He doesn’t need a wife to make his life better. Esme knows her summer with Kai is going to be awkward and uncomfortable, but she’s determined to win him over.

Have you ever read a book that made you insanely happy? That’s how I felt while reading The Bride Test. I was completely captivated by it. The writing was fabulous. Like don’t ask me to put this book down because I have become one with the words fabulous. I loved it so much that I don’t feel like I can properly put into words how much I enjoyed it — but I’ll try.

Esme and Khai’s story was… GAH! I loved every single thing about their relationship from their horribly awkward beginning to their slowly getting to know each other to the ending that came all too fast for my liking. I was fascinated by the partnership they built. Esme and Khai had completely different needs when it came to a relationship, but they still managed to build something beautiful together. It wasn’t necessarily easy for them. Khai may not have thought he did feelings, but he had so many in relation to Esme. He also had some specific physical needs thanks to his autism. His needs could have easily overshadowed Esme’s, but they didn’t. Her personal needs were just important. I loved how she was good at voicing them and following through with what she needed for herself. It was so interesting to read about them navigating through it all. It made me think about how every couple has to go through learning moments with their partner both physically and emotionally. All their frustrations and hard work made this book all the more heartwarming and lovable.

I’m sure there were a couple of little things I could nitpick about this book, but I can’t even remember what they would be. I was so into Esme and Khai that nothing really stood out as a major flaw. The Bride Test was one of those books I truly got lost in.

The Bride Test was adorably sweet and subtly sexy, with just the right amount of drama. It was just as much a masterpiece as Hoang’s début, The Kiss Quotient. I cannot wait to find out what Helen Hoang is writing next. (Please, please let it be Quan’s story!)

Series Review: Elite Kings Club (Amo Jones)

I have been seeing Amo Jones’ name around a lot lately. I didn’t know anything about her writing until I read a review for the Elite Kings Club series on DG Book Blog. Daisy Gal’s review made me wonder if this would be a series I would like. When she told me it was like Erin Watt’s The Royals on crack, I was sold. I bought the entire series and set in for a crazy ride.

What’s it all about?

The Elite Kings Club series is a this dramatic, violent, almost thriller-like dark romance. Set at an élite private high school in The Hamptons. Madison Montgomery is the new girl. She’s just recently moved there with her dad, his new wife, and an unexpected step-brother. Madison’s new school is similar to her old one with one exception: at Riverside Prep, the Elite Kings Club rules. This group of rich pricks, including Madison’s own step-brother, is a secret club led by Bishop Vincent Hayes. Bishop and the rest of the guys seemed to have decided that Madison is their new play thing. They like to torment her with the secrets they hold. Madison can’t tell if they love or hate her. Bishop is the hardest to read of them all. He swears to hate Madison, but his actions tell a different story. Soon, Madison is navigating a tumultuous with relationship with Bishop that involves everything but feelings. She’s also trying to figure out what the guys are hiding and how she plays a part in it all. Madison is determined to learn the Elite Kings Club’s secrets at any cost.

My thoughts…

I’m going to go one step further with the whole The Royals comparison. If I had to describe this series to another reader, I would say it’s a mixture of The Royals, Fallen Crest High (Tijan), and Broken Love (B.B. Reid). It’s got the whole élite private school with a group of guys who run it vibe mixed with an enemies to abusive lovers thing going on. It’s a very dark romance set in high school. In my opinion, it’s not YA even with the setting. The maturity needed for the amount of sex and violence firmly places it in the NA category.

Did I like the Elite Kings Club series. Yes…and no.The books were utterly addictive. I loved the writing style, how the story progressed, and how dramatic it all was. That being said, I had some issues with some of the relationships and actions by some characters. I wasn’t a fan of some of the darker elements at work. I guess they fit the story, but weren’t all that fun to read. I’ll explain as I go on.

The MC:

Madison Montgomery is a badass chick. She’s confident in herself and takes no crap. She doesn’t let anyone dictate her life. Heck, she’s even into shooting guns (in a safe way, of course.) I loved that she went with her gut on who was trustworthy and who wasn’t. She’s the perfect main character for all the incredibly crazy stuff that’s to come in this series. My only issue with her is her relationship with Bishop. I got the love-hate aspect of it. I even understood some of their nasty parts of their relationship. What I couldn’t stomach was the abusive parts of it.

The Kings:

Bishop… Well, it takes a LONG time to understand Bishop. I couldn’t believe for the first couple of books that Bishop deserved Madison’s trust or anything she gave him. It’s not really until the third book that I was given a glimpse into the thoughts behind his actions. I was grateful for his point of view in that book. It challenged my mostly negative thoughts about him.

The rest of the Kings were…interesting. I didn’t really enjoy Madison’s interactions with them all that much. Rather than being moments to make me fall in love with them, they were moments that made me think what an idiot Madison was. To be honest, everything involving Nate or Brantley felt like it was added for shock value. Not that I didn’t find myself wanting to know more about the boys. I did. When I actually got to know some of their truths, I liked being able to understand them.

What went down:

Elite Kings Club was messed up in so many ways. There are all these secrets, and I was as addicted to discovering what they were as Madison was. Some of the reveals I could easily guess. Others were shocking. What plagued me the most was I couldn’t guess the WHY behind everything. I got to the end of The Silver Swan and I was like WHAT? Thank goodness I purchased the series box set, because I had to immediately jump into the next book.

The Broken Puppet is where things started coming together and I started getting my answers. Well kind of, but not really. The answers I wanted morphed into more questions. Things got more convoluted and strange. The Broken Puppet is where I started to question if I was going to like where this series was headed. It started to be way more about the shock and awe than about where Madison and Bishop’s relationship was headed. Their relationship was part of the shock and awe, though, so I guess it makes sense. All I know is that when I got to the cliffhanger at the end of this book, I was truly shocked. I still needed answers.

Tacet a Mortuis was where things really got crazy. I found myself thinking, “What did I just read???” I don’t even know how to explain it except to say that the world of the Elite Kings Club became an entirely different place than I expected. There’s this island and new people and…Well, I’m not going to give anything away. Things were just way more complex in a way I had a hard time buying into. The story had branched so far off from being just about Madison and Bishop’s relationship into what almost reminded me of a dystopian novel. Not that it was a dystopian novel. It wasn’t. I guess this book was just weirder than I expected.

Anyways. I thought Tacet a Mortuis was going to make me fall in love with Madison and Bishop’s relationship. It didn’t. Madison and Bishop were still a big mess. Their relationship was both easier and harder to read. I hated what was going on between them, but I loved being able to know what Bishop was thinking about everything. I guess I was happy for Madison in where things ended up for her. My biggest takeaway from this book was that I still didn’t have all of the answers.

Oh! I also have to mention that extra deleted scene at the end of Tacet a Mortuis. It was basically erotica that wasn’t I needed or wanted. It was pretty much the dream Madison had in the story taken a step further. It was something I wish I hadn’t read.

I thought Tacet a Mortuis would be the end of Madison and Bishop’s story. It was, but it wasn’t. Like I said above, I didn’t get all of the answers. Some stuff went down, which leads me to book 4…

Malum: Part 1

I almost took a break before reading Malum: Part 1. I don’t know. I was just a little burnt out from Madison and Bishop and that third book. Something kept me going, and I’m happy it did. Malum: Part 1 is my favorite book in the series so far. I think that’s because it felt like it was more about the relationship between Nate and Tillie than all of the secrets. I don’t mean for it to sound like there wasn’t darkness and drama. There are still secrets, reveals, drama, and darkness, but the relationship is really the focal point.

The thing that kept this book from being a 5 star read was a tragedy I wasn’t expecting. It upset me and the balance of the last 20% of the book. It sent things back to the way they were in the first three books and I wasn’t a huge fan of some of it. Then, of course, it ended in a major cliffhanger and now I’m stuck waiting for Malum: Part 2 so I can have some dang closure!

My ratings for each book:

The Silver Swan ★ ★ ★ ★
The Broken Puppet ★ ★ ★ ½
Tacet a Mortuis★ ★ ★
Malum: Part 1 ★ ★ ★ ★

Top Ten Tuesday: First Ten Books I Reviewed

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s is First Ten Books I Reviewed. I’m going with the first ten I reviewed on my blog. Click on the book title for my review.

1. Breathless in Love
The Maverick Billionaires, #1
Author: Bella Andre

2. Delicate Monsters
Author: Stephanie Kuehn

3. On the Fence
Author: Kasie West

4. unDefeated
Series: Wayward Fighters, #3
Author: J.C. Valentine

5. The Sound of Glass
Author: Karen White

6. Amber to Ashes
Torn Hearts, #1
Author: Gail McHugh

7. Red Queen
Series: Red Queen, #1
Author: Victoria Aveyard

8. What a Girl Wants
Fillmore & Greenwich, #1
Author: Kate Perry

9. Pivot Point
Pivot Point, #1
Author: Kasie West

10. The Deal
Series: Off-Campus, #1
Author: Elle Kennedy

Looking back, I feel like I started out blogging with some great books!

Review: Wolfhunter River (Rachel Caine)

Wolfhunter River
Series: Stillhouse Lake, #3
Author: Rachel Caine
Publication Date: April 23, 2019
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Fiction
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★


She can’t ignore a cry for help. But in this remote hunting town, it’s open season.

Gwen Proctor escaped her serial-killer husband and saved her family. What she can’t seem to outrun is his notoriety. Or the sick internet vigilantes still seeking to avenge his crimes. For Gwen, hiding isn’t an option. Not when her only mission is to create a normal life for her kids.

But now, a threatened woman has reached out. Marlene Crockett, from the remote town of Wolfhunter, is panicked for herself and her daughter. When Gwen arrives in the small, isolated rural community, Marlene is already dead—her own daughter blamed for the murder. Except that’s not the person Marlene feared at all. And Gwen isn’t leaving until she finds out who that was.

But it may already be too late. A trap has been set. And it’s poised to snap shut on everyone Gwen loves. Her stalkers are closing in. And in a town as dark as Wolfhunter, it’s so easy for them to hide…

Before I begin this review, I feel the need to mention that Wolfhunter River is the third book in the Stillhouse Lake series. You cannot just pick up Wolfhunter River and begin the series there. I mean, I guess you could, but you would be lost. Wolfhunter River begins where Killman Creek ends. There is some lapse of time, but the characters and their stories continue on.

It was good to be back in the Proctor world. There were still so many things to discover about Gwen, Lanny, Connor and Sam. I didn’t expect there to be so many leftover issues after the last book, but I liked the way the characters had to navigate them and continue to trust in each other. I did get a little feeling of “this again?” at times, but the story didn’t feel redundant.

What I really loved about Wolfhunter Creek was what I loved about the previous books in the series. The characters and their issues were so unique and still eye-opening to me. Rachel Caine’s writing was outstanding. She knows how to set the tone and pace for an intense ride. I was immediately thrust into the thick of the story. The tension was constant and had me wondering if I was going to need to take breaks and throw a romance novel in them.

I had some mixed feelings when it comes to the story. There was so much going on. Really. So. Much. There were two or more plot lines going on at once, and I couldn’t hep but wonder how they would tie together. I was interested in what was going on, but I didn’t always know what to focus my attention on. I guess I couldn’t always pick up on what mattered most in the story. In a way, that was kind of genius because when things did start twisting and turning and being revealed, I was genuinely surprised. Some things I foresaw, others I wondered what the heck? I don’t know how to explain it other than to say the ending was this giant mess that somehow tidied everything up too perfectly. I don’t know if that’s a complaint or positive.

I guess what it all comes down to for me is whether I enjoyed the book or not. I did enjoy Wolfhunter River. It might not have been my favorite in the series, but it kept me guessing and entertained. I was so enthralled with what was going on that I read it in one day. The ending left me wondering if I would be seeing the Proctor family in the future. I hope so, but if not, Wolfhunter River was a strong way to wrap up a great series.

Review: 99 Percent Mine (Sally Thorne)

99 Percent Mine
Author: Sally Thorne
Publication Date: January 29, 2019
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★


Crush: a strong and often short-lived infatuation, particularly for someone beyond your reach…

Darcy Barrett has undertaken a global survey of men. She’s travelled the world, and can categorically say that no one measures up to Tom Valeska, whose only flaw is that Darcy’s twin brother Jamie saw him first and claimed him forever as his best friend. Despite Darcy’s best efforts, Tom’s off limits and loyal to her brother, 99%. That’s the problem with finding her dream man at age eight and peaking in her photography career at age twenty—ever since, she’s had to learn to settle for good enough.

When Darcy and Jamie inherit a tumble-down cottage from their grandmother, they’re left with strict instructions to bring it back to its former glory and sell the property. Darcy plans to be in an aisle seat halfway across the ocean as soon as the renovations start, but before she can cut and run, she finds a familiar face on her porch: house-flipper extraordinaire Tom’s arrived, he’s bearing power tools, and he’s single for the first time in almost a decade.

Suddenly Darcy’s considering sticking around to make sure her twin doesn’t ruin the cottage’s inherent magic with his penchant for grey and chrome. She’s definitely not staying because of her new business partner’s tight t-shirts, or that perfect face that’s inspiring her to pick up her camera again. Soon sparks are flying—and it’s not the faulty wiring. It turns out one percent of Tom’s heart might not be enough for Darcy anymore. This time around, she’s switching things up. She’s going to make Tom Valeska 99 percent hers.

99 Percent Mine was one of my most anticipated releases of 2019. I read Sally Thorne’s The Hating Game last year and adored it. I was bummed when I started reading a lot of reviews saying this book didn’t even compare to The Hating Game. Despite the negative hype, I decided to read 99 Percent Mine anyways.

I have to admit that 99 Percent Mine didn’t start off in the best way. Darcy, the main character, rubbed me the wrong way immediately. The vibe she gave off was not a good one. Darcy’s very brash and bitter. It was hard to connect to her for a large part of the story because her motivations are completely unclear. Even when they are, they seem juvenile. She always seems to be punishing herself in negative ways.

When Tom, Darcy’s childhood friend, shows up things start to get even more confusing. I don’t understand the dynamic between them. There’s not really much to tell me what happened between them in the past. It takes a while to learn that information, and when I finally do, I have no clue why Tom is attracted to prickly Darcy. He is this nice, quiet guy. If Darcy is a jalapeno pepper, Tom is milk.

Another negative factor in 99 Percent Mine is Jamie. Jamie is Darcy’s twin brother. He’s a complete jerk. He is so horrible. Darcy acts like he’s the better person, but he’s not. Jamie makes Darcy look less bitter and I actually felt bad for her when it came to him.

The entire first half of this book was filled with negative emotions and characters. I wasn’t having a great time reading, but I was curious enough to find out what made these characters tick. I’m glad I kept reading because the second half of the book was much better than the first.

I was surprised to find Darcy growing on me. I think that can be attributed to the revelations about her life, her illness, and her friendships. Once I understood her, she became more palatable. I wish some of the information would have been revealed early on. I also found myself liking Tom and Darcy’s dynamic. I could finally see what drew them to each other. I loved Darcy’s friendship with Truly and would have liked seeing more than that. I even, at the very end, started to like Jamie.

99 Percent Mine started out rough, but it ended up winning me over in the end. It wasn’t my favorite book, but I didn’t hate it. It’s one that if you push through the awkward, uncomfortable beginning, you will find a sweet love story and a TON of character growth. My advice going into reading it would be to go in with lower expectations (if you have read The Hating Game) and not give up on it too soon.

Review: Time (Penny Reid)

Series: Laws of Physics, #3
Author: Penny Reid
Publication Date: April 15, 2019
Publisher: EverAfter Romance
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★


A (brokenhearted) physicist.
Now an infamous (who is LITERALLY EVERYWHERE!! UGH!) musician.
The worst has already happened.

Mona has learned that she has nothing figured out and plans are meaningless. After leaving her in Aspen, Abram is now breaking sales-records, rising to rock star fame almost overnight. Mona can’t seem to escape him. He is literally everywhere, or at least images of him are.

Just when she thinks things can’t get any more confusing, Abram returns . . . What happens next? Only TIME will tell.

Aw! Time was such a fun way to end the Laws of Physics series. It really brought things full circle for Mona and Abram. I already knew I loved Mona and Abram, but they blossomed even more in this book. I especially grew to love Abram’s character even more. He was such a romantic at heart. His support of Mona was so special. I loved how he stood up for her and championed for her. Their connection was too sweet. Time is going to make fans of this series very happy. It definitely made me happy.