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WWW Wednesday #11 | June 20, 2018

WWW Wednesdays is a meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words.
Just answer three questions and share what you're reading.

 I haven't made a lot of time to read this past week but I am about halfway through The Boy & His Ribbon. It's a bit sad and a bit dark and it's probably the absolute wrong thing to be reading right now but, even so, I'm pretty hooked on the story. 

 Till Death was further proof that Jennifer L. Armentrout never lets me down. I was on-board for the mystery, I was on-board for the romance... this one was an entertaining page-turner that really hit the spot.

If my fragile heart is up to it, I might continue with The Ribbon Duet and read The Girl & Her Ren. More likely I'm going to need some rather mindless brain candy and I might go for super light and fluffy like Abbi Glines' Sea Breeze series. I've only read the first book so next up is Because of Low.

What are you currently reading?
I wanna know! :)

Top Ten Tuesday: Summer TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic: 
I rarely make TBR lists (and it's even rarer that I adhere to one) but there actually are some specific books that I want to pick up in the next few months. A couple because their release dates are getting close and it's time to move them to the top of the list, and some just because I'm super excited to read them.

The Girl & Her Ren | Pepper Winters
Blind Kiss | Renee Carlino
The Simple Wild | K.A. Tucker
The Impossibility of Us | Katy Upperman
Deity | Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Raging Ones | Krista & Becca Ritchie
Steadfast | Sarina Bowen
Leah on the Offbeat | Becky Albertalli
What If It's Us | Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera
All Your Perfects | Colleen Hoover

What's at the top of your summer TBR?

The Sunday Post #111

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
It's a chance to share news - a post to recap the past week on your blog, 
showcase books and things we have received, and share news about what is
coming up on your blog in the week ahead. You can find the info here:

Not much to say about this week other than it's been rough. There have been some nice moments, though. An impromptu family dinner after a hospital visit to see my father Thursday night. And my mom and my younger sister were at my house for dinner last night. Both were good times that helped lighten the mood and I'm thankful for them.

Monday, June 11
Review + Giveaway:
Love Scene, Take Two by Alex Evansley

Wednesday, June 13
WWW Wednesday #10

Friday, June 15
Review: Moonlight Sins by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Fragile Ordinary - Samantha Young
Till Death - Jennifer L. Armentrout
The Fragile Ordinary fell into the good-not-great category 
but Till Death was a real winner.

This one is dark and more than a little sad, and I have more than enough sad in my life right now, but the story is so good that I'm sticking with it (for now).

Ace of Hearts (The Cursed Ravens MC #1) - Chantal Fernando
Spinning Out (The Blackhawk Boys #1) - Lexi Ryan
Must Be Love (Jetty Beach #1) - Claire Kingsley

The Simple Wild - K.A. Tucker
Blind Kiss - Renee Carlino
The Impossibility of Us - Katy Upperman

How was your week? Any new books? Any news to share? 
I'd love to hear about it!

Review: Moonlight Sins by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Moonlight Sins by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: January 30, 2018

Format: Mass Market Paperback

Source: Purchased

Find it here: GoodReads

Julia Hughes has always played it safe until she learned a very painful lesson. Now Julia’s starting over with a job in the Louisiana bayou—and a scorching encounter with a stranger, only to discover he’s Lucian de Vincent... her new employer. The de Vincent brothers share a massive fortune and a dark reputation. Julia cares for their troubled sister, but a menacing presence in the mansion—and the ever-present temptation of Lucian—prove dangerously distracting.

Lucian’s grandmother claimed de Vincent men fall in love once—and hard. Apparently, it’s Lucian’s turn. Julia’s compassionate care of his twin makes Lucian want to lay himself bare. But some secrets are better for Julia not to know.

The recent “suicide” of Lucian’s father is the latest in a string of deaths on the estate. Someone is eliminating the de Vincents. And the best way to get to Lucian may be through Julia.

Moonlight Sins is the first book in Armentrout’s de Vincent trilogy, with each book focusing on a different brother. The de Vincent family is the epitome of old money and power – but money and power don’t always equate to happiness. And the de Vincent’s have had their share of tragedy.

Lucian, nicknamed Lucifer by the paparazzi, is the youngest of the de Vincent brothers. Known for his playboy persona, Lucian is charming but aloof. That changes when Lucian takes it upon himself to hire a live-in nurse to care for a family member – and the sparks fly. Julia needs a change in her life and taking a job in New Orleans seems like the fresh start she needs. She’s quickly drawn into the web of the mysterious de Vincent family. While she’s drawn to Lucian, the scandals and secrets surrounding the family cannot be ignored. And while whispers of a de Vincent family curse seemed far-fetched at first, the more time Julia spends surrounded by the enigmatic family, the more she starts to fear for her own safety.

It was easy to get sucked into the lives of the de Vincent family. From the complicated family dynamics, to the strange goings-on at the family’s mansion, there was plenty to keep me turning the pages. I warmed to Julia from the start. Caring and compassionate, hard-working and rational, Julia was determined to do her best for her patient while dealing with a past that keeps coming back to haunt her, and her growing attraction to Lucian. And speaking of Lucian (Mr. Dark and Brooding himself), I was so on-board for this guy. The flippant attitude and acerbic wit hid plenty of emotional baggage, so it was all the more rewarding to see him soften when around Julia and finally open up with someone. Armentrout did a great job at creating a consistent low-key foreboding atmosphere and I ate it up. An exciting climax, a big reveal and a great set-up for the next book has me so ready to continue this series.

Moonlight Sins is a tricky one to categorize. Contemporary romance? Definitely. But there’s also a gothic feel. And a bit of mystery/suspense. And perhaps just a hint of the paranormal? The jury is still out on that last aspect but I’ll be the first in line for the next books to find out.


Do you enjoy a little mystery with your romance?

WWW Wednesday #10 | June 13, 2018

WWW Wednesdays is a meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words.
Just answer three questions and share what you're reading.

 I didn't pick up either of the books I mentioned in last week's post. Instead I grabbed Till Death by Jennifer L. Armentrout which had been sitting on my shelf for far too long. It's unlike her usual contemporary romance or paranormal/fantasy. Instead this is more romantic suspense and I am so into it! I'm at about the 60% mark and can hardly put it down. 

 The Fragile Ordinary was good... but not as good as I anticipated. I might have liked it better had I not read it immediately after One Small Thing by Erin Watt. I couldn't help but compare the two (both YA contemporaries) and The Fragile Ordinary just came up a little lacking.

And then there was a resounding DNF. I very rarely encounter a book that is so not for me, that so completely rubs me the wrong way for whatever reason, that I quit it... but If Only fits the bill. I don't think I even made it through the first chapter. I disliked the writing style *so* much that I just couldn't. Ugh. Be gone with you book!

I'm sticking with the same two I mentioned last week. Both of these sound like good possibilities after I finish Till Death. So either The Boy & His Ribbon (if I feel like angsty romance) or Deity (if I feel like YA urban fantasy/paranormal).

What are you currently reading?
I wanna know! :)