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The Sunday Post #328 | March 12, 2023


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.


It was a short week at the office as I was off on Thursday and Friday. The network issues from the previous week were finally resolved so even though it was a three-day work week, I got a lot done.

On Thursday The Husband and I headed down to Tampa. Upon arrival we discovered our hotel was in a horrible area - something you can't always tell when booking online. I in no way felt safe there. We managed to cancel the reservation without penalty (which took a while but worked out) and booked another hotel about a mile from the arena (at double the rate - ack!). The Lightning game (Tampa's NHL team) was a super exciting one. It was a physical game and midway through the third period a major fight broke out. The refs handed out 21 penalties among 10 players. I wonder if that was a record? LOL The game went into overtime and unfortunately the Golden Knights scored first, so the Lightning lost 3-4. Womp womp. Still a great time, though, and I'm so glad we were able to go.


We got back home on Friday and all was well but by Saturday The Husband was not feeling well. He seemed to go downhill all day so we went to urgent care around 9 PM. They did Covid and flu tests and... he is positive for Covid. He's pretty miserable and I feel terrible for him. Since I have obviously been exposed, I also have to quarantine for 5 days so I'll be working from home most of the upcoming week. So far I am testing negative and hopefully it will stay that way... but I suppose that isn't very likely. 😣 We've been super careful and hyper-conscious for three years now - we still limit contact with people, we still wear masks - and after all this time, it still happened. Ugh.

Since I could use a little musical pick-me-up, I'm sharing a favorite even though I've used it before (possibly more than once). Here's Don't Leave Me This Way (1986) by the Communards. Enjoy!


Wednesday, March 8



Kindle: Cannon (Pittsburg Titans #6) by Sawyer Bennett - 4

Audio: The New Guy by Sarina Bowen - 4.25★



Kindle: Lessons in Corruption by Giana Darling

Audio: Right Man, Right Time by Meghan Quinn


Nothing this week.



WWW Wednesday #123 | March 8, 2023


WWW Wednesdays is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.
Just share your answers to three questions:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you'll read next?



Audio: The New Guy - Sarina Bowen
Kindle: Lessons in Corruption - Giana Darling

Currently listening: Every new Sarina Bowen release is cause for celebration and I'm
loving this one. Gavin and Hudson are so great and I'm hooked as they navigate their
way to a lasting relationship.
Current progress: 80%

Currently reading: Lessons in Corruption has been on my TBR for years and I finally
decided to make it happen. I'm not totally sold on the writing style but I am enjoying
the story so I'll see how it goes.
Current progress: 20%


Kindle: Cannon (Pittsburgh Titans #6) by Sawyer Bennett - ★★★★

Recently read: Still loving this series and Cannon's entry was a solid one. I loved the ease
of Cannon and Ava's relationship, and Ava's personal journey was one I cheered on.



Not totally sure what I'll pick up next, but Heart Recaptured and Bonds of Justice are 
strong contenders.


The Sunday Post #327 | March 5, 2023


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.


This was the week of major network issues at office. All. Week. Long. The problems seem to be centered on MS OneDrive and our IT department is working crazy hours trying to resolve the issue. It made for some frustrating and unproductive days. My fingers are crossed that it's fixed by the time I head back to the office Monday morning.

Despite all the work headaches, Tuesday was a bright spot because I received some fun book mail! I was lucky enough to win Lindsey's (Lindsey Reads) blogoversary giveaway and the book I chose arrived. Catherine Cowles has become a real favorite over the last year and I am so happy so have a physical copy of Tattered Stars for my shelf. Thank you again, Lindsey! :)

For some feel-good content this week I'm sharing this IG post. I was struck by this otherwise stoic man cuddling the rescued cat. There's no telling what horrors he has seen as a rescue worker, so to see him care for the cat and smile... it warmed my heart.

This week's throwback song is Praying for Time (1990) by George Michael. Enjoy!


Tuesday, February 21

Friday, February 24



Audio: Indefinite (Salvation #6) by Corinne Michaels - 4★

Audio: Infinite (Salvation #7) by Corinne Michaels - 3.5★



Kindle: Cannon (Pittsburg Titans #6) by Sawyer Bennett

Audio: The New Guy by Sarina Bowen


Tattered Stars - Catherine Cowles

Thank you, Lindsey



Short Take Reviews: Tru Blue | The Sinner | Dark Room Etiquette


by Melissa Foster
Format: Trade Paperback
Source: Author

Truman (Tru) has been released from prison (for a crime he didn’t commit) and is working to craft a new life for himself. When he responds to his brother’s frantic call that their mother has overdosed, he arrives on the scene to find two children (a half-brother and half-sister) that he never even knew existed. Tru was determined to ensure their lives would be better – they would know safety, stability, and love, unlike his own childhood with a drug-addicted mother. Enter Gemma, who he meets the same night as he rescues the children, while trying to buy necessities for their care. Gemma is sweet and selfness and quickly steps in to help Tru. While I had whiplash at how lightning fast their relationship progressed – in the span of a week (or less) they were in a serious relationship – I couldn’t help but be taken in by the love Tru had for his siblings. His devotion, his protectiveness, and his care went straight to my heart. Beyond the insta-love and some occasional cheesy dialogue, I enjoyed this short and sweet story. 4 stars

by Emma Scott
Format: Kindle
Source: Kindle Unlimited

If you’re looking for a love story that showcases an all-consuming, soul-deep, everlasting love, look no further. Shy, introverted Lucy lives a solitary life and is still grieving the loss of her beloved father. When she finds a battered man (with black feathered wings) in the alley outside her apartment, her life takes a dramatic turn. Casziel is a demon (actually a demon prince) and tells Lucy he is seeking redemption and enlists her help. As Caz’s background and true motivation are revealed, the tortured (anti)hero showed a selflessness that was breathtaking in its purity. With mutual pining, redemption, and three epic epilogues, Emma Scott delivered a tale of a love so true that it could transcend time. 
4 stars

by Robin Roe
Format: Kindle
Source: Overdrive/Libby

Dark Room Etiquette left me seriously conflicted. My feelings about Sayer and his story did a gradual but dramatic shift over the course of the book. Sayer and his friends showed a shocking lack of empathy and I was appalled at their casual cruelty. I found them all loathsome. Then Sayer was kidnapped. What happened after that was a slow and disturbing descent into Sayer’s trauma and the psychological toll it exacted. By the time Sayer was questioning his own memories, his own identity (and even his sanity), I had moved from loathing him, to being horrified for him, to wanting to take his hand and lead him to safety. His struggle in the aftermath to reclaim a life he no longer recognized, and simply learn to be an individual again, was heartbreaking but hopeful. Robin Roe crafted a story that went much darker than I expected, and I found myself thinking about Sayer long after I turned the last page. 
4 stars

Have you read any of these books?

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Historical Fiction


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

This Week's Top Ten Tuesday Topic:
Favorite Historical Fiction
Most of the time (like, 95% of the time) I am a contemporary romance reader. But once in a while I shake things up and toss a different genre in the mix. A little paranormal, a little urban fantasy, and sometimes a little historical fiction. WW II-era historical fiction seems to be my era of choice, but there are other time periods represented here, too. So let's throw it back to the old days...

Favorite Historical Fiction

Mrs. Everything - Jennifer Weiner
The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah
Sarah's Key- Tatiana de Rosnay
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo - Taylor Jenkins Reid
Outlander - Diana Gabaldon
From Sand and Ash - Amy Harmon
Winter Garden - Kristin Hannah

Have you read any of these books?