WWW Wednesday #117 | August 31, 2022


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?



Shattered Sea (Tattered & Torn #4) - Catherine Cowles
Don't Kiss the Bride - Carian Cole

Currently reading: The prologue of Shattered Sea had me crying. Less than 20 pages into
the book, and I was shedding actual tears. My goodness, how does Catherine Cowles do 
that?! How can she manage to break my heart in a few pages? 
Current progress: 54%

Currently listening: I'm still enjoying Don't Kiss the Bride. Oh boy, these chemistry and 
the attraction between Jude and Skylar practically sizzles. But I also love their friendship 
and their inside jokes and their little routines. Also, Aiden Snow's (aka Joe Arden) narration
of Jude is so, so good.
Current progress: 58%


My Fake Fiancé (Greene Family #8) by Piper Rayne - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Recently read: I loved getting Mandi's story. And hooray for a plus-size character who appreciates her curvy figure and isn't trying to change it! I was worried about she and 
Noah because I didn't see how their lifestyles would mesh, but Piper Rayne made it 
happen, of course. The epilogue (and then the bonus content) provided an exciting 
set-up for the final book in the series!



Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Help Me Remember by Corinne Michaels

I'm never sure what's up next, but both Carrie Soto is Back and Help Me Remember
are possibilities.


Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Romances With a College Setting


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

This Week's Top Ten Tuesday Topic:
Favorite Romances with a College Setting

This week's prompt is a school-related freebie. This would be perfect (and easy)
if I read YA (young adult), but I don't. It's also been a long while since I read 
any NA (new adult) but I'm still going with it. New adult was huge 8-10 years
ago and romances with a college setting seemed to be everywhere. (And maybe 
they still are and I just don't pay attention.) Here are some of my favorites.

Side note: Apparently couples almost kissing was the cover of choice 
a decade ago. 😘


Wait For You* - Jennifer L. Armentrout
I Want It That Way - Ann Aguirre
All Lined Up - Cora Carmack
The Year We Fell Down - Sarina Bowen
The Deal - Elle Kennedy
The Hook Up - Kristen Callihan
Losing It - Cora Carmack
Easy* - Tammara Webber
Undecided - Julianna Keyes
One Tiny Lie - K.A. Tucker

*Still an all-time favorite

Have you read any of these books?

The Sunday Post #300 | August 28, 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

Nothing exciting this week. An average week at the office and at home. I worked from home on Wednesday, just to break up the week. We had a repairman come to replace some fan in the refrigerator that was making noise so it's now quiet again. The Husband was out of town on Thursday for a shooting competition and came in 4th place. And that was about it.

This week's feel-good news: Tennis great Roger Federer made a promise to a little boy back in 2017 and, five years later, kept his promise. My heart was bursting with happiness for Zizou while watching this! 😊

So, this week's 80's music fix is a little different. Those of a certain age (you know who you are LOL) will remember Rick Astley's big hit Never Gonna Give You Up from 1987. Well, he recreated the iconic video in a commercial for a California insurance company. It's priceless! 😄

O N  T H E  B L O G

Tuesday, August 23

Wednesday, August 24

Thursday, August 25

W H A T  I  R E A D


The Family Remains (The Family Upstairs #2) by Lisa Jewell - ★★★★.5
Hostage to Pleasure (Psy-Changeling #5) by Nalini Singh - ★★★★

C U R R E N T L Y   R E A D I N G


Audio: Don't Kiss the Bride - Carian Cole
Kindle: My Fake Fiancé (The Greene Family #8) - Piper Rayne

N E W  A D D I T I O N S


Kindle: My Fake Fiancé (The Greene Family #8) by Piper Rayne
For review: Shattered Sea (Tattered & Torn #4) by Catherine Cowles

I pre-ordered My Fake Fiancé and was excited when it popped up on my Kindle Tuesday morning. I've been so ready for Mandi's story. I started Thursday and am loving it.

I was thrilled to receive an ARC of Shattered Sea. I am loving this series so hard. It has just the right mix of small town romance and suspense. Cowles has quickly become a new favorite.

T O T A L L Y  R A N D O M


Review: Stone by Sawyer Bennett


by Sawyer Bennett
Series: Pittsburgh Titans #2
Publication date: 3/1/2022
Format: Kindle
Source: Overdrive
4.5 Stars

Minor league player Stone Dumelin lost his younger brother when the Titans’ team plane went down. He never expected the phone call that followed.

After a shoulder injury put my NHL career on ice, I resigned myself to the fact I’d never see my way out of the minor league again. As my career faded, my estranged brother’s star shot into orbit as the first line left winger for the Pittsburgh Titans. But when the team’s plane crashed returning home one night, his light was snuffed out, and I was given the opportunity of a lifetime.

Now I’m in Pittsburgh, playing for the Titans, and face-to-face with my dead brother’s ghost at every turn. His locker, his legacy, his persistent and annoyingly gorgeous attorney who won’t stop contacting me about his estate, even though I’ve demanded she leave me alone.

Harlow Alston would be extremely appealing if she wasn’t so aggravating. Only…that’s a complete lie. She pushes all the right buttons for me, and as much as I want her to quit pestering me about Brooks’s estate, I find myself intrigued by the fiery redhead who can’t take no for an answer. And the more I learn about Harlow, the more I find she might be the key to understanding who Brooks really was, and who I want to be.

I’ve got a second shot at a career I thought I’d lost and the opportunity to build something real with Harlow, but can I find strength to move forward or will my past dictate my future?


Stone Dumelin’s career has floundered. An injury sent him from the NHL to the minor league just as his brother’s star was rising as a member of the Pittsburgh Titans. Then tragedy struck when the team plane crashed, killing all on board, including his brother, Brooks. When Stone is called up to join the fledgling rebuilt team, it’s with mixed emotions. He’s being given the opportunity of a lifetime, but at the cost of his brother’s life. Adding to his distress are the repeated calls and emails from the attorney handling his brother’s estate, even though he wants no part of it. When he finally caves and shows up at her office… things don’t go well. He’s angry, he breaks an antique chair, and her dog almost eats him. But when he learns that Harlow seemed to know his brother better than he ever did, he’s willing to listen and learn. And as much as he’s learning about his brother, he’s also discovering that Harlow could be the one thing in his life that he needs more than hockey.

Oh boy, Stone was a hot mess at first. His grief often manifested as anger but when he lashed out at Harlow she wasn’t having it. The more I learned about Stone’s family, the dynamics between the father and sons— it explained a lot, and it hurt my heart. The lack of unconditional love and true support in Stone’s life was crushing.

Harlow was Brooks’ best friend and they kept each other’s secrets. When he appointed her the trustee of his estate, she had an uphill battle to get Stone to hear out his brother’s wishes. I loved her support of Stone and her determination to do right by both brothers. The relationship between Harlow and Stone developed so naturally. Stone’s issues (abandonment issues, imposter syndrome) meant there were some bumps along the way, but Harlow’s patience and acceptance, and Stone’s newfound acceptance of the past and understanding of his own worth, were worth everything.

I loved the development of Stone’s character, and the continued development of the team dynamics. I am so hooked on this world that Sawyer Bennett has created. Watching these characters grow and heal and find love gave me all the feels, and after just two books I don’t want the series to end. ★★★★.5

Have you read this book?

WWW Wednesday #116 | August 24, 2022


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?



The Family Remains (The Family Upstairs #2) - Lisa Jewell
Hostage to Pleasure (Psy-Changeling #5) - Nalini Singh

Currently listening: The Family Remains is so, so good! I am absolutely captivated and 
have to force myself to stop listening. I'm scribbling notes like crazy, coming up with
theories, asking questions... there are sooo many threads that are coming together. The 
cast of narrators are making the experience so immersive and I'm loving it!
Current progress: 75%

Currently reading: It's always fun to return to the Psy-Changeling world and I'm happy
to get Dorian's story. It feels like it's taken a long time for Dorian and Ashaya to come 
together, and even at this point (65%) I wouldn't say they're officially together. Ashaya
had a lot of secrets and it took forever for them to finally come out. Even so, I'm very
much enjoying it.
Current progress: 65%


Wrangling the Cowboy (Circle B Ranch #3) by Kennedy Fox - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Recently read: My love for Kennedy Fox continues and I'm making my way through 
the Circle B Ranch series. Gavin was a wonderful hero and I loved that he gave 
Maize a taste of her own medicine.


My Fake Fiancé (The Greene Family #8) by Piper Rayne

The latest entry in the Greene Family series just released yesterday and since I pre-ordered 
it's already popped up on my Kindle. I'll be diving into it just as soon as I finish Hostage to Pleasure.


Top Ten Tuesday: Please Sir, I Want Some More | Completed Series I Wish Had More Books


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

This Week's Top Ten Tuesday Topic:
Completed Book Series That I Wish Had More Books

When I latch on to a series I love, I'm all in. When the first book grabs me, I'm 
off and running and I become completely immersed - in the characters, in the 
setting, in the story. And when it ends... well, I take it hard. And I always want 
more. So here are ten series that (sadly) are complete, but still have me 
wanting more.


    All of the main characters got their own book, but that doesn't stop me 
from wanting more.

All three books were excellent and Long Shot remains an all-time favorite.
I could handle more in this series.

Whether it's the original series, The Dark Elements, or this series, I love the world
that JLA created. And some of the characters have stayed with me for years.

It seems this series got shelved when Carmack started experiencing health issues 
several years ago, but I'd love to see this series continue.

Yes, the series has been complete for eight years now. And yes there is a spin-off 
series. But I will forever want more of Daemon and Katy.

The King series included some of the most messed up, wrong-side-of-the-law
characters I've ever encountered. And I still want more.

Possibly my favorite contemporary series ever. Yes, there is a second-generation
spin-off series, but the original 10 books that comprise the Addicted/Calloway
Sister series contain the characters that will always have my heart.

I still bemoan the fact that we only got two books in this series from Sarina Bowen
and Elle Kennedy. 

I no longer read YA, but I would make an exception if Katie McGarry returned to
the Thunder Road series. Three books was not enough.

I love everything about The Others series. The unique world, the overarching
storyline, the memorable characters. Bishop did expand the world in subsequent 
books (The World of The Others series), but I long for a return 
to the original cast of characters.

Have you read any of these books?