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Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Book Releases | Second Half of 2022


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

This Week's Top Ten Tuesday Topic:
Most Anticipated Releases in the Second Half of 2022

I'd say that ↑ pretty much sums up my feelings for each of the books below. :) There are more (I mean, of course there are more), but these are the top ten upcoming releases for the rest of 2022 that give me serious grabby hands.

The Family Remains - Lisa Jewell

Husband Material - Alexis Hall

My Fake Fiancé - Piper Rayne

Carrie Soto is Back - Taylor Jenkins Reid

S E P T E M B E R 
Shattered Sea - Catherine Cowles

O C T O B E R 
A Little Too Late - Sarina Bowen

It Stars With Us - Colleen Hoover

Fractured Sky - Catherine Cowles

N O V E M B E R 
Before I Let Go - Kennedy Ryan

The Choice - Nora Roberts

Are you looking forward to any of these?

The Sunday Post #293 | July 3, 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 the 4th of July, I hope you have a happy and safe day tomorrow. I am thankful for the three-day weekend, but not looking forward to the neighborhood fireworks that go on into the wee hours of the morning. 😣

So, hockey season is officially over. The Colorado Avalanche won the Stanley Cup in game six of the finals. My Tampa Lightning came *so* close. I really thought they could pull it off and win the Cup for the third year in a row, but it didn't happen. Even so, it was a remarkable season and they still won the Eastern Conference Championship.  

Covid cases have been on the rise in my city and the transmission rate has gone from Low back to High. Cases are rising at the office, as well. I know Covid isn't going anywhere and for the most part, it's just a fact of life now, but I am so tired of it. (Who isn't right?)

I'm also tired of the political climate here in the U.S. The hate and the vitriol, the extremism and the intolerance, the battle for basic human rights. It's so discouraging and it just makes my soul heavy. It's hard to find the balance between staying informed and being overwhelmed by it all.

For a little bit of a mood lifter, here's a video that made me smile. This little guy had quite a reaction when he saw his mom as a bride. :)

In honor of the 4th of July, here's one of the most iconic performances of the Star Spangled Banner (Whitney Houston, 1991).

O N   T H E   B L O G
Tuesday, June 28

Thursday, June 30

Friday, July 1

W H A T   I   R E A D

Audio: Under Locke by Mariana Zapata
Audio: Catching the Cowboy by Kennedy Fox

C U R R E N T L Y   R E A D I N G

Kindle: Caressed by Ice by 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



Review: Just One Night by Carly Phillips


by Carly Phillips
Series: The Kingston Family #1
Publication date: April 20, 2021
Format: Kindle
Source: Newsletter Freebie
3.75 Stars

Linc Kingston doesn’t accept anything less than perfection. Not in his billion-dollar business or in his personal life. He has it all. Except one thing. His personal assistant and best friend in his bed, moaning his name. No matter how much Linc wants her, she’s completely off-limits.

Jordan Greene grew up the daughter of the housekeeper at the Kingston estate, where she met and bonded with Linc at a young age, despite their economic differences. But no matter how close they are now or how much their attraction simmers beneath the surface, they’re still from two different worlds. Besides, Jordan isn’t about to risk losing her best friend for one sensual night.

Jordan might be the only woman who can handle Linc and his domineering, bossy attitude, but beneath that gruff exterior is a vulnerable man who, despite his wealth, has had a less-than-charmed life. And when Linc’s father dies, she’s there for him—unwavering in her friendship.

Until one night of passion and a positive pregnancy test changes everything.


*At the time of this post, Just One Night is currently available for free on most platforms:
Kindle, Nook, Apple, Kobo, and Google Play.

Carly Phillips is an author who had been on my radar for a long time. Since her Kingston Family series was offered on audio on Hoopla, I decided to give it a try.

Linc and Jordan had been friends since childhood. His family had mega-money and social status, while Jordan’s mother worked as the family’s domestic help. Even so, their bond was strong and years later, when Linc was at the helm of his late father’s company, Jordan was by his side as his personal assistant. When Linc learned some shocking news, he wanted Jordan by his side, as both his assistant and his trusted best friend.  A fleeting encounter led to some life changing news, and both Linc and Jordan had to navigate new waters.

I’m a big fan of the friends to lovers trope so already this had that going for it. Linc and Jordan both had some more-than-friendship feelings happening but neither one would say anything or make a move for fear of compromising their friendship. After an out of town hookup, Jordan insisted they put it behind them and move on, even though Linc was (privately) willing to see where things went.

Even though I wasn’t super invested, I did enjoy this one. Linc and Jordan were so obviously good together, so it was easy to pull for them. I did wish that Jordan had shared the pregnancy news with Linc long before she did. Based on her history, I could kind of understand it, but I still wished she had talked to him sooner. (Side note: I feel like a lot of books I’ve read lately have employed the surprise pregnancy trope. It’s not something that bothers me, but I know some readers like to steer clear. So, heads up that it’s definitely used here.) There was some typical rich mean girl drama, a side plot concerning Linc’s business that I enjoyed, and a likable cast of characters. Overall, a solid read and I’m sure at some point I’ll continue the series. ⭐⭐⭐.75

Have you read anything by Carly Phillips?

Review: One Way Back to Me by Carrie Ann Ryan


by Carrie Ann Ryan
Series: The Wilder Brothers #1
Publication date: April 18, 2022
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased
3.25 Stars

The Wilder brothers have retired from the military and as they’re forced to learn a new life, things get interesting fast in this kickoff to a brand new steamy, contemporary romance series from NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan.

One dance at a stranger’s wedding. That’s all it took for me to fall for Alexis. And then? Disaster. Another man—her boyfriend—gets down on one knee and proposes to her. I never thought I’d see her again.

Years later, I’m in desperate need of a wedding planner—not for myself, but for my company.
My five brothers and I need to get our new Wilder Resort off the ground, and Alexis is the only one savvy enough to help us.

But there’s the little matter that I still have it bad for her. Alexis has changed since the night we met. She’s gun shy. But there’s a spark between us that will not die. We both fight it, until we don’t.
Until history repeats itself. The same guy who took her away from me is back to do more damage. But this time he’ll have to go through me to get her. 


Other than the prequel to this book (A Night for Us), this was my first by Carrie Ann Ryan. I was hopeful that I would be wowed and have a new must-read author. But for the most part I was underwhelmed. Nothing was inherently wrong, but I wasn't bowled over and my thoughts after finishing were more along the lines of: well, that was okay.

Eli and his brothers have gone in together and bought an inn and winery. After being separated due to military service for most of their lives, Eli wanted something that would keep them together. When he needs to hire a wedding planner for the resort, the most qualified candidate happens to be a woman he had a brief encounter with a few years previously. The attraction is still there, on both sides, and after much push and pull, they start a relationship. But there is drama with a nearby competitor and drama with Alexis’s ex to contend with.

My random thoughts:

• Six brothers all with "E" names meant that it took way longer than necessary to keep everyone straight and remember who was who.

• It was repetitive. Evan constantly “growled”. Everything was described as “gorgeous”. And Eli and Alexis seemed to have the same conversations over and over. ("We really shouldn't be in a relationship. But I really want you." Repeat, repeat, repeat.)

• It was sometimes hard to distinguish between the main character's POV's. There wasn't a lot of distinction in the voices of Eli and Alexis. I often had to flip back to the beginning of a chapter to determine whose POV I was reading.

• When it came to the villain(s), the writing was pretty heavy handed. It was almost over the top with the way their actions were screaming: take notice, I am the bad guy!

That being said, based on the plethora of 5-star ratings on Goodreads, it looks like my issues are very much a 'me thing', so take my rating/review with a grain of salt. :) Because I'm definitely in the minority here. ⭐⭐⭐.25

Have you read anything by Carrie Ann Ryan?

Review: Keep Me Close by J.H. Croix

A brand new firefighter series from USA Today Bestselling Author J.H. Croix... available now!


by J. H. Croix
Publication date: June 28, 2022
Format: eARC
Source: Wildfire Marketing
3.5 Stars

No last names. No phone numbers. Never see each other again.

It was supposed to be simple. One night with no strings. I had just gotten the worst news of my life and wanted to forget everything.

A tall, dark and broody firefighter was perfect. Our night together was so hot, I forgot everything but the rules.

I never expected to get pregnant. It was supposed to be impossible.

All I knew was his name and the small town where I found him.

Chase & Hallie’s story is perfect for readers who love small town romance, sassy heroines, surprise/accidental pregnancy, slow burn, emotional romance with a dash of angst, oozing with swoon, and protective heroes who’ll do anything for the woman they love.

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Hallie received some devastating news and, in an effort to step away from her real life and forget everything, she headed out of town and indulged in a one night stand. There was no denying the attraction and connection between she and Chase, but she was firm about the rules: no last names, no phone numbers, and the next morning they said goodbye. But that one night had some long-lasting consequences, namely an unplanned pregnancy. That meant returning to the small town of Willow Brook and finding Chase - and breaking the news that he was going to be a father.

Keep Me Close is the fifth entry in Croix's Light My Fire series, but it was easy to step into this world and appreciate Hallie and Chase's story as a stand-alone. There was an ease to their relationship, despite the circumstances they were dealing with, and although neither planned to be where they were at, they both acted like mature adults and talked things through. Chase stepped up immediately and made sure Hallie knew he wanted to be involved in every aspect. I loved the level of support he offered Hallie. He was dealing with his own issues, having recently learned of the half-siblings he'd never knew he had, but he was still present and supportive and wanted a future with Hallie.

While the story felt a bit repetitive at times - Hallie and Chase would have the same conversations over and over, as well as certain words/phrases being overused - Keep Me Close was a sweet and sexy romance that wasn't marred by an abundance of drama. I appreciated the lack of angst and melodrama and instead sat back and enjoyed this story of two people who came together with no expectations, but instead found their forever.

Note: I received a complimentary advance copy of this book for review. This does not impact my opinion of the book or the content of this review.


USA Today Bestselling Author J. H. Croix lives in a small town in the historical farmlands of Maine with her husband and two spoiled dogs. 

Croix writes steamy contemporary romance with sassy women and rugged alpha men who aren't afraid to show some emotion. Her love for quirky small-towns and the characters that inhabit them shines through in her writing. 

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