WWW Wednesday #135 | April 10, 2024


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?

How's your week going?
Is it me or does it already feel like it should be Friday? 😎
I think it's because I'm a little run ragged. A lot of the things that
The Husband usually takes care of at home have fallen to me while 
he's on crutches. I certainly don't mind picking up the slack, but it does
makes for some long (tiring) days. 

What are you currently reading?


Kindle: Whiskey & Sin by Emily Rath
Audio: Goodbye Paradise by Sarina Bowen

Currently reading: Do you ever encounter those rare books that as soon as you read the
first couple pages you just know? You get that feeling that it's going to be one of those
special books that click with you and become an instant favorite. Well, that's me with 
Whiskey & Sin. I only just started it yesterday and didn't get a chance to read much, but 
I'm already predicting this is going to be amazing.
Current progress: 7%

Currently listening: After reading a super angsty/intense book (Older by Jennifer 
Hartmann), I needed something to soothe my soul. Enter Goodbye Paradise. This is such 
a comfort read for me. I adore these characters and their story. This has to be my fifth or 
sixth re-read and it never gets old.
Current progress: 30%

What did you recently finish reading?

Kindle (eARC): Older by Jennifer Hartmann

Recently read: Older - Super angsty but an incredible story of two people whose love
story overcomes all the odds4.5 stars

What do you think you'll read next?

never know what I'm going to read next but Mind Games is a strong possibility.

What are you reading today?

Review: Older by Jennifer Hartmann #NewRelease #ReleaseBlitz

by Jennifer Hartmann
Pub: April 9, 2024
Source: Valentine PR
4.5 stars

Before he discovered my age, he uncovered my heart.

Bruised and abused, and victim to a loveless household, I shimmered with new life the moment he found me drowning my sorrows in a lake beneath the stars.

A chance encounter. An unspoken connection.

I was smitten; he was curious.

But, as everyone knew, fate could be decidedly cruel.

He called me Halley, like the comet.

I called him Reed.

And my best friend?

Well…she called him Dad.


Older is a forbidden, slow-burn, age-gap romance standalone, ending in a HEA.


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After years of physical abuse at the hands of her father, Halley finds an escape and a chance to start again when she is taken in by her best friend's mother. Living in a stable and loving home is foreign to Halley, but even as she revels in her new environment, she struggles with the aftermath of years of abuse. She also can't forget the connection made with an older man at a house party the previous summer. Their interactions were impactful and meaningful and she hopes there can be more... until she learns that the man who has captured her heart is her best friend's father.

One of my favorite aspects of Jennifer Hartmann's writing is her ability to create characters who feel like living, breathing beings, whose every emotion feels like they are my own. Halley and Reed were perfect examples of this. A young woman who desperately needed to be seen - and wanted. And the man who saw her clearly - and wanted her desperately. While theirs was a forbidden love, it never once felt as if Hartmann was writing a trope. This was the story of two people who connected, who loved, and were in an impossible situation. Could a love be right when it was sure to leave so much collateral damage in its wake?
While Older was not as dark as some of Hartmann's previous books, the angst and heartbreak were in full effect. The pining and the longing were delicious torture. And while Hartmann always delivers an HEA, it's a long, heartbreaking road to get there. But for characters and stories as well written as Older, it's so worth the journey.
 4.5 stars


Meet Jennifer

Jennifer Hartmann resides in northern Illinois with her own personal romance hero and three children. When she is not writing angsty love stories, she is likely pondering all the ways she can break your heart and piece it back together again. She enjoys sunsets (because mornings are hard), bike riding, traveling, bingeing Buffy the Vampire Slayer reruns, and that time of day when coffee gets replaced by wine. She loves tacos. She also really, really wants to pet your dog.


Connect with Jennifer

Website: http://www.jenniferhartmannauthor.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20208474.Jennifer_Hartmann

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/stores/Jennifer-Hartmann/author/B086Z4L9GH

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jenhartmannauthor/

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Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/sweetiejenn/

The Sunday Post #361 | April 7, 2024


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.


My Sunday Posts seem to have turned into an every other week kind of thing. It's been
a combination of busy + lack of motivation. Not exactly a recipe for blogging success. 😉

Here's what's been going on in my world the last few weeks:

  • Went to another Emily Rath signing (this one for the Kensington release of Pucking Wild). Had to wear my Jacksonville Rays jersey, of course (fictional team from her book series). 📗
  • In real hockey news, the Tampa Lightning finally clinched their spot in the playoffs. Very exciting. 🏒
  • Went to a special showing of Pride and Prejudice at the theater (the 2005 version with Kiera Knightley). Loved seeing it on the big screen again. 🎥   
  • Went to the ER twice in two days with The Husband. Friday night when he sliced his finger open on a mandoline, and last night when there was concern of a possible blood clot in his leg. Ultrasound and X-rays showed no clot, so it is likely a severe muscle strain and he is now on crutches (no weight bearing) for two weeks to allow it to heal. Fingers crossed we can do without any more ER visits for a long while. 🩼

This week's throwback song is Don't Bring Me Down (1979) by Electric Light Orchestra just because I heard it last night and it's been in my head ever since. Enjoy! 


Tuesday, April 2

Wednesday, April 3

Thursday, April 4


Audio: Last Chance at the Local by Sarah Grunder Ruiz


eARC: Older by Jennifer Hartmann


Trade Paperback: Pucking Wild by Emily Rath
(special Kensington edition)



Reading Firsts Book Tag | 2024


I saw Alison at Ali's Books share this tag this week and it looked like
a fun one. So let's jump right in...

First Book Read in 2024

What a way to kick off the year!

First Review of 2024

A great addition to the series.

First Debut Read in 2024

I don't keep track of debut books/authors and seriously doubt
I've read any this year, so we're moving on.

First "New to Me" Author in 2024

Not my usual kind of read - a lot more sweet than angsty - but I wouldn't
hesitate to read more from Bastone in the future.

First Book of 2024 That Slayed Me

Oddly enough, it was a novella (#2.5 in the Jacksonville Rays series) that
did it for me. The seven bonus chapters were packed with All The Feelings.

First Book of 2024 That I Wish I Could
Get Back the Time I Spent Reading It

Oof. This one did not work for me. At all.

First Five Star Book of 2024

Starting and ending with the same book.
This will likely be my favorite of the year, and if not my favorite, 
at least among the best of the year.

Have you read any of these books?

WWW Wednesday #134 | April 3, 2024


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?

It's dark, gloomy, overcast, and rainy here today.
In other words, the PERFECT day to be at home, curled up in a comfy chair,
reading a good book. Unfortunately I am at the office all day so I'll just have 
to hope that the rainy weather lasts until I get home. :)

What are you currently reading?


Kindle: Older by Jennifer Hartmann
Audio: Last Call at the Local by Sarah Grunder Ruiz

Currently readingI just received the ARC for Older yesterday afternoon and started it
immediately. I didn't get much read last night but I'm already hooked. I just love
Hartmann's brand of angsty romance.
Current progress: 7%

Currently listening: I'm totally enjoying Last Call at the Local and the way Ruiz blends 
humor with more serious themes. And the narration is so perfect.
Current progress: 75%

What did you recently finish reading?


Kindle: Stay With Me by Brooke Montgomery
Kindle: The Season of Secrets by Q.B. Tyler

Recently read: Stay With Me - While I didn't connect to these main characters quite
as well as the couple from the previous book, I still enjoyed seeing Tripp and Magnolia
finally admit their feelings for one another4 stars

Recently read: The Season of Secrets - This novella was a fun age gap, boss-employee
romance but the spicy scenes seemed to outweigh the actual plot at times. 3.75 stars

What do you think you'll read next?

never know what I'm going to read next but This Could Be Us is a strong possibility.

What are you reading today?

Top Ten Tuesday: April Showers Edition


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

This Week's Top Ten Tuesday Topic:
April Showers
Who knew this week's prompt would be so tricky? I quickly realized that I would not be
finding ten books that I've read with rain (or storm) in the title. Same for book covers. 
I ended up combining books and covers and even then I only managed a total of eight.
I'm interested to see what everyone else came up with. :)



All the Little Raindrops - Mia Sheridan
Storm and Fury - Jennifer L. Armentrout
The Rainmaker - John Grisham



Marked in Flesh - Anne Bishop
The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah
One Small Thing - Erin Watt

Have you read any of these books?

The Sunday Post #360 | March 24, 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's been about three weeks since my last Sunday Post. Either I was too busy to create a Sunday post, or I couldn't be bothered. 😉 Even so, I've managed a few posts each week, including a couple of reviews, so I haven't been a total slacker. lol

Here's what's been going on in my world the last few weeks:

  • Celebrated my mom's 79th birthday
  • Booked a getaway for some R&R in late April/early May
  • Had a second follow-up with my doctor about the lingering cough from last summer. I have a referral to a specialist to see if my asthma has shifted from chronic to more acute. Good times.
  • The pollen is off the charts and even my daily allergy meds don't always do the trick. It irritates my throat and makes my voice gravelly and raspy. So attractive. 
  • The Tampa Lightning are *this close* to clenching a wild card spot and I am so ready for Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Husband and I hit up a local food truck for lunch on Friday and while the food was tasty I was a little taken aback at the cost. I get that food prices have gone up across the board, but $28 for two sandwiches and tater tots? Is it just me?

Yesterday morning we tried a breakfast spot we've not been to before - Holey Moley Bagel Bar. We both got sausage, egg, and cheese on an asiago bagel. *chef's kiss* Big hit and we'll definitely go back.
The interior wall of the restaurant

This week's throwback song is Boogie Wonderland (1979) by Earth, Wind & Fire. The Husband and I saw them in concert 5 or 6 years ago and what a show they put on. Those guys were all in their mid-60's at the time and they went nonstop. So many of their songs are on the soundtrack on my life. 😊 Enjoy!


Tuesday, March 19

Wednesday, March 20

Friday, March 22


Audio: The Lady in Glass by Anne Bishop

I didn't read the whole book, only the couple of stories that were 
tied to The Others series.



Kindle: Stay With Me (Sugarland Creek #2) by Brooke Montgomery
Kindle/Audio: Tangle of Need (Psy-Changeling #11) by Nalini Singh


Nothing this week.