The Sunday Post #249 | May 30, 2021


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. 
Four days in the office this week and I was exhausted. I worked from home on Friday and was hoping for an easier day but... nope. Very busy. Which made me all the more thankful for the day to wrap up. We stayed in Friday night, my mom joined us for dinner (which she does every Friday), and we kept it simple with Chili's take-out. Then two rousing games of Parcheesi. It's how we roll. :) 

Yesterday The Husband went to a car show (he received a Top 15 trophy) so I invited my mom to go with me to Hobby Lobby. We were in there for ages and I'm always amazed at the variety they have. I went for some planner supplies and also found some gorgeous place mats for the new dining room table. And my mom actually found a small air fryer. She'd been wanting one for a while but most seemed too large for just her. This one looked like the perfect size - and it was a pretty color so that was a bonus.

It's hot and I don't like it. That is all.

Our mini getaway is coming up in a week and I can't wait. I'm so ready for a change of scenery. It's been far too long.

This week's 80's music fix is What Have I Done to Deserve This (1987) by Pet Shop Boys. One of my favorites from them and the collaboration with Dusty Springfield showed that her voice was as amazing as ever. I absolutely love her voice in this one.

Tuesday, May 25

Friday, May 28



Absolutely loved this latest installment in the Cake series. Review to come on Tuesday.



I'm not usually a fan of kids in romance books, but something about this one called to me and I'm so glad I heeded that call. Really enjoying this one a lot.

Not a thing.

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

Short Take Reviews: Make It Sweet & The Invitation



Kristin Callihan
Published: February 23, 2021
Source: Library Loan
4.25 stars

In Make It Sweet, main characters Emma and Luc were both at a crossroads in their careers. Emma had just lost her fan-favorite role on a wildly popular TV series. Luc had suffered a career-ending injury that left the hockey player bitter and dealing with lingering health issues. They both happened to take refuge at, Rosemont, a sprawling estate on the California coast owned by Luc’s grandmother.

It was so easy to want the most for Emma and Luc. Both were facing uncertain futures (Luc even more so since hockey was no longer an option for him) which gave them a unique understanding of one another. I loved how Luc’s grumpy demeanor was no match for Emma’s (usually) positive vibe. Their banter was so delicious (I adored how they flirted back and forth, and their chemistry was fire!) and speaking of delicious… hello, Chef Luc! This guy’s culinary creations were a main attraction in the story, and I wanted to taste everything he offered (ahem).

Make It Sweet may not have been anything terribly new or unforgettable, but it was a solid romance, with characters I loved, and I enjoyed every minute I spent with them.

Vi Keeland
Published: January 16, 2021
Source: Library Loan
4 stars

Stella’s ex-roommate left her in the lurch (skipped out on the rent and stole her favorite shoes) so Stella didn’t feel bad about using the ex-roomie’s invitation to attend a swanky society wedding. There she met Hudson, the bride’s brother, and the sparks were flying. But when he figured out she was a wedding crasher, and took a little revenge, Stella made her escape… but left her phone. Retrieving it from his office several days later was humbling, but also led to a friendship with his sister (the new bride) and a huge opportunity for her fledgling business. And maybe a new romance…

Stella was a totally likable character and it was easy to pull for her success – both professionally and personally. Her business model for personalized perfumes was unique and I liked how focused and driven she was. Hudson was single dad perfection (seriously, the moments with his daughter were everything) and once he came around and the relationship with Stella started, he was all in. I really liked how these two were up front with each other, didn’t play stupid games, and basically acted like adults. While the “twist” at the end wasn’t much of a surprise (it was pretty obvious from early on how it was going to play out), it didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the story. 


Top Ten Tuesday: Swooniest Quotes Edition

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

This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic: 
Swooniest Book Quotes

When it comes to my reading, romance is the name of the game, so it's no wonder that I'm a sucker for a swoony quote. The ones that stop you in your tracks and have you feeling allllll the feels. Here are some of my favorites.


All I could think was, where have you been all this time
I'd missed her before I'd even known her.

"I’ll wait for you. I’ll wait until you realize that this isn’t about a bet or anything other than us belonging together. I want us and you and everything that comes with that. I want to kiss you good night, wake up with you beside me, and love you the way you deserve. So, I’ll wait for your heart to be ready because mine is ready enough for the both of us."

He’s looking at me like I’m the sunrise and he’s grateful for a brand new day.

Love isn’t about wanting a hero, it’s about wanting to be one for the other person.


Having Roderick in my life is like having a fire in the hearth. 
He warms me even when I can’t see him.

“I'm conscious this could be rather burdensome to hear, but you remain the thing I have most chosen for myself. The thing that's most exclusively mine. The one thing that brings me the deepest joy.”

“That’s what marriage is. It’s shelter. It’s sustenance. It’s warmth. 
It’s finding rest in each other. It’s telling someone, You matter most.”

“I’m confident that I’ll never spend a single second of my life regretting you.”


“Mock me all you like. Whatever I imagined then, now it is I who would beg and grovel for a kind word from your lips. By you, I am forever undone.”

“And when the years have passed,
and we have watched a thousand sunsets,
and we are bent,
our bodies crooked with age
ask me again.
In the twilight,
in the shadow of the life we have shared,
ask me if I love you,
and my heart will answer before my lips can part.
My love, my life,
my heart never left your hands.
Always, evermore, even after.

Have you read any of these books?