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The Sunday Post #314 | December 4, 2022

 

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 share what's coming up on your blog in the week ahead.


T H E   W E E K   I N   R E V I E W
 
How is it December?! Did November pass in a flash or what? Now it's full speed ahead until Christmas. 😬

I decided to do just one Christmas tree this year (instead of two) and went with the pink one. Because not much makes me happier than my pink Christmas tree. 😍 We got the tree up yesterday and I'll start decorating today. I even have a couple gifts that I can wrap and put under it. Go me!

Chick-fil-A released their holiday short film and it is the sweetest ever. It's about 7 minutes long but is so worth watching. You can see it here


I'm fully embracing the holiday music now that it's December. I love this version of Winter Wonderland (1987) from Annie Lennox/Eurythmics. Her voice is so gorgeous.



O N   T H E   B L O G
 
Tuesday, November 29

Thursday, December 1


W H A T   I   R E A D
 

Audio: Offside With #55 (Hockey Hotties #6) by Piper Rayne  - ★★★★


C U R R E N T L Y   R E A D I N G
 

Physical copy: The Belle of Belgrave Square - Mimi Matthews


N E W   A D D I T I O N S

Not a thing.


T O T A L L Y   R A N D O M



HOW WAS YOUR WEEK?
I'D LOVE TO HEAR ABOUT IT!

Short Take Reviews: Branded by Fire, Faking It with #41, Knotted

 


BRANDED BY FIRE
Nalini Singh
Psy-Changeling #6
Format: Kindle

It’s always fun to return to the Psy-Changeling series. In Branded by Fire, DarkRiver sentinel Mercy pairs off against SnowDancer lieutenant Riley in a battle of wills. Both dominant forces in their respective packs, neither was willing to bend to the other. That made for some fantastic banter and some off-the-charts chemistry. I grew frustrated over time with Mercy’s resistance to Riley and her refusal to admit her feelings for him, but even so, there were plenty of sweet moments that went a long way in showing her true feelings. For once the main conflict did not come from the Psy, but rather from the Human Alliance. There were so many scenes between the various pack members that were touching and emotional and it proved just how talented Singh is at creating sympathetic characters and a strong family dynamic. Events in this one had me more excited than ever for Hawke and Sienna’s story (and pulling my hair out because there are still three books in between). I become more and more invested with each book and can’t wait to see more of the story unfold.          4 STARS



FAKING IT WITH #41

Piper Rayne
Hockey Hotties #3
Format: Audio

Hockey star Ford Jacobs unexpectedly found himself a single father when a previous hook-up left their infant daughter in his care and disappeared. His father, determined to rehabilitate Ford’s image, insisted on a fake relationship with Lena, the wealthy family’s publicist. Although Ford and Lena had long butted heads, they both had their reasons for agreeing to the arrangement. I’m not usually a fan of the fake dating/fake relationship trope, but I am a fan of Piper Rayne and their hockey series, so I was pretty sure they would make it work for me. Mission accomplished because I was so on board and lapped up every page as their relationship morphed from fake to the real thing. They both had some baggage and Lena, in particular, had to make peace with her past. My heart was bursting seeing the change in Ford from previous playboy to doting dad. Watching as Ford, Lena, and Annabelle formed a family – even when they didn’t realize that’s what they were doing – was so heartwarming. The drama when Annabelle’s mother returned was handled well (I was practically cheering for Ford) and wasn’t over the top. The friendship and camaraderie of the team continues to be a big highlight for me.  4 STARS



KNOTTED

Pam Godwin
Trails of Sin #1
Format: Kindle

Brothers Jake and Jarret, siblings Conor and Lorne – all share a close friendship. For Jake and Conor it goes beyond friendship and even though they are young, their love is one that will last. One horrific night changed the lives of all four friends forever.

I wasn’t sure what to expect since Knotted was my first by Godwin, but there’s a reason she’s known for dark romance. The events at the beginning were brutal and the aftermath was heartbreaking. I was riveted from the very start. This story grabbed me and didn’t let go. There were twists that I guessed and others that floored me. A couple aspects strained belief, but I was so taken with these characters and the overall narrative that I was more than willing to just go with it. The relationship between Jake and Conor was layered and complicated. I loved his patience and the way he made sure she had a safe space with him. Knotted won’t be for everyone - Godwin doesn’t shy away from graphic content – but I was 100% hooked. This is one that I couldn’t stop thinking about long after I finished it.  4.5 STARS



HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THESE BOOKS?

Top Ten Tuesday: Thankful Edition


 

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


This Week's Top Ten Tuesday Topic:
THANKFUL
 
This week's topic is actually "cozy reads" but it wasn't speaking to me. Since I wasn't 
able to post last week, I'm going to backtrack a bit and do the "thankful" prompt because 
have plenty to be thankful for. 


B O O K I S H

1. Great Reads
It's been a wonderful year of reading and I've had some real stand-outs. I am always 
thankful for the escapism of reading and the gift of a great story.

    

2. Page flags and Mildliners
Hand-in-hand with those great reads are two items that are never far from my side. Page 
flags and Mildliner highlighters are a mainstay when it comes to annotating and note-
taking. And they make me happy. :)

3. New-to-me Authors
I love my tried and true authors. The ones I return to book after book. But there's no 
denying the thrill of discovering a new-to-me author who becomes a new favorite. 
This year I'm so thankful to have discovered Catherine Cowles, Mariana Zapata, 
and Nalini Singh.

4. Heartstopper
I am not a TV watcher and up until this spring I couldn't tell you the last time I actively
followed a show (it's been years). But then Heartstopper was adapted and I found myself
getting Netflix (who am I?) so I could experience it for myself. The adaptation from
the books is *chef's kiss* and I have watched each episode with those precious characters
several times. So thankful for this show that is like a warm hug to the heart.


5. Book Blogger Friends
There have been times over the past year when I have questioned why I still blog, and if
I want to continue to blog. But I would miss the book blogging community and the 
special people that I connect with through our shared love of books and reading. I can't
name everyone, but here are just some of those who make my days brighter: Sam @ We 


B E Y O N D   B O O K I S H

6. Health
In the age of Covid, I am more thankful than ever for my health. While a handful of 
family members have had it, they have all recovered. And while there have been some
health scares with my mother, my sister, and my brother-in-law in the past year, my 
husband and I have stayed healthy and well. 

7. The Husband
Speaking of the man himself, I am grateful every single day for my husband. After 31 
years together, he is still my best friend, my biggest support, and the person I admire 
most. It doesn't hurt that he's super cute, and can make me laugh like no one else. :)

8. Home
I am so thankful for (what I hope is) my forever home. There is no place I would
rather be than inside the safety and comfort of its four walls.

9. Travel
While my travel has certainly been curtailed over the past almost-three years, there was 
one trip this year that left a lasting impression. The Husband and I traveled a couple hours 
south and saw our first in-person NHL game. Attending a Tampa Lightning game was a 
total bucket list item and we made the most of it with fourth row seats right behind the 
player's bench. An unforgettable night! I'm so thankful we had the means to make that 
wish a reality.

10. Holidays
I love it all. From the music, to the food, to the décor (especially the décor), I love all 
that the holidays bring and I am so thankful to experience it with family by my side. 

The Sunday Post #313 | November 27, 2022

 

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 share what's coming up on your blog in the week ahead.


T H E   W E E K   I N   R E V I E W
 
For those who celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you had a great day with family or friends. Part of our guest list woke up not feeling well Thursday morning and did not attend (and I was thankful they were considerate/smart enough not to come). So there were just six of us and it was still a wonderful day. Exhausting, but wonderful.

Unfortunately, I woke up Friday morning dealing with a massive allergy attack. All four of the guests on Thursday have pets in their homes (cats and dogs) and I guess the prolonged exposure in close quarters was too much for me. Animal dander is one of my main allergy triggers and it's a very "tacky" allergen (adhering easily to clothes). I think most pet owners are so accustomed to it that they don't even realize their clothes carry it. I had to dose up with Benadryl and was a zombie the rest of the day, but was okay by Saturday.

I headed into the office on Saturday to take care of a project that is needed Monday morning. It only took an hour and I felt better knowing it was done rather than be working against the clock Monday morning. 

Now that Thanksgiving is over, I'm itching to put up my pink Christmas tree? Anyone already have Christmas decorations up? :)

This week's 80's music fix is Kids in America (1981) by Kim Wilde. There are so many remakes of this one but I still love the original the best. 



O N   T H E   B L O G
 
Not a thing. 
Between work and Thanksgiving I was 100% over-extended
and overwhelmed. I did not post anything or visit a single blog.
Better luck next week!

W H A T   I   R E A D
 


Kindle:  Branded by Fire by Nalini Singh - ★★★★
Kindle:  Winning the Cowboy by Kennedy Fox - ★★★★
Audio: Second Shot with #76 by Piper Rayne - ★★★.25


C U R R E N T L Y   R E A D I N G
 

 Well, I plan to start it later tonight (Saturday).

Paperback: The Belle of Belgrave Square - Mimi Matthews


N E W   A D D I T I O N S
 

I had pre-ordered a physical copy of Before I Let Go from one of the 
indie bookstores on Kennedy Ryan's book tour. It arrived this week signed
and personalized and with the most gorgeous artwork. Love it! 

(I read an ARC several weeks ago and loved it. Review is here.)

T O T A L L Y   R A N D O M



HOW WAS YOUR WEEK?
I'D LOVE TO HEAR ABOUT IT!

The Sunday Post #312 | November 20, 2022

 

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 share what's coming up on your blog in the week ahead.


T H E   W E E K   I N   R E V I E W
 
The week came with a blast of fall-like weather... finally. The high's have been hovering between 55-60 since Thursday and it's been fabulous. The mornings are cold (well, cold to a Floridian) and the afternoons are gorgeous. Loving it!

It was an intensely busy week at the office. The week after Thanksgiving always brings an annual conference where my company has its biggest presence all year. It's months of planning that culminates that week. Since next week is a short week, this week was where it was all coming together. I always breathe a big sigh of relief when it's over. Almost there...

I came across this online and all I can say is: Can I be her when I grow up? This kid is more badass than any adult (and I'm a little scared of her).

@brannmanndan Flashback to 2014. JJ McParland winning thebCadet World Championships. #weapons #martialarts #kickboxing #sword #samurai ♬ original sound - Brannmanndan

This week's 80's music fix comes with a little twist. Instead of one song, here's a video of the best dance scenes from 80's movies. Enjoy!




O N   T H E   B L O G
 
Tuesday, November 15

Friday, November 18

W H A T   I   R E A D
 
Not much time for reading this week... didn't finish anything.


C U R R E N T L Y   R E A D I N G
 

Kindle: Branded By Fire - Nalini Singh


N E W   A D D I T I O N S
 
Not a thing. 

T O T A L L Y   R A N D O M



HOW WAS YOUR WEEK?
I'D LOVE TO HEAR ABOUT IT!