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Suspects by Lesley Pearse
Suspects by Lesley Pearse
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Michael Joseph (24 Jun. 2021)Language ‏ : ‎ EnglishHardcover ‏ : ‎ 384 pagesISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0241426626ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0241426623 Synopsis On the day Nina and Conrad Best move into their new home in picture-perfect Willow Close, a body is discovered. Hurrying inside with their belongings, they see horrified neighbours gather around the police cordon – one of the residents has been…
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goodbooksandgoodwine · 4 hours ago
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Return To Magnolia Harbor by Hope Ramsay | Book Review
Return To Magnolia Harbor by Hope Ramsay | Book Review
One thing that I love about romance novels? You can just drop right into a series without having read the previous books! Return To Magnolia Harbor is the third book in Hope Ramsay’s Moonlight Bay series. It also happens to be both the first book from the series and the first book by Ramsay that I’ve read. What really rocks is that I enjoyed this book SO MUCH! I am really looking forward to…
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rosepetals1984 · 7 hours ago
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Review: Shine (Shine #1) by Jessica Jung
Review: Shine (Shine #1) by Jessica Jung
Initial reaction: I really enjoyed this overall. Rachel has moments of being adorably awkward, and I liked the eye to the process of making a K-pop idol. I’m still weighing my final rating, but this will likely be between 3.5 and 4 stars. Full review: I took a while to consider my overall rating for Jessica Jung’s “Shine”, but in the end, this ended up being a solid 4-star read for me. I liked…
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geoffwhaley · 16 hours ago
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Book 820: Treble Maker (Perfect Harmony #1) - Annabeth Albert
Book 820: Treble Maker by Annabeth Albert #PerfectHarmony #fiction #gayfiction #lgbtfiction #music #romance #mmromance #contemporary #newadult #religion #series #bookreview #books #bookbloggers
I grabbed this one when Albert shared an ominous “these might be leaving Kindle Unlimited soon” on her Facebook. This was one of the few series of hers I haven’t read yet (and honestly had been avoiding for some unknown reason). I also grabbed it because we randomly re-watched Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2 recently. I’m not 100% sure, but I believe this was her first published series. You can…
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mariakureads · a day ago
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I’ve been looking at The Maidens for a bit so I’m going to go check out my library for it and more than likely place a hold for it 😊
The Sweetness of Water sounds really intriguing so I’m adding that to my TBR or later. 
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Swoon-Worthy LGBTQ+ Romances for this Summer
How to Find a Princess by Alyssa Cole
Makeda Hicks has lost her job and her girlfriend in one fell swoop. The last thing she’s in the mood for is to rehash the story of her grandmother’s infamous summer fling with a runaway prince from Ibarania, or the investigator from the World Federation of Monarchies tasked with searching for Ibarania’s missing heir. Yet when Beznaria Chetchevaliere crashes into her life, the sleek and sexy investigator exudes exactly the kind of chaos that organized and efficient Makeda finds irresistible, even if Bez is determined to drag her into a world of royal duty Makeda wants nothing to do with. When a threat to her grandmother’s livelihood pushes Makeda to agree to return to Ibarania, Bez takes her on a transatlantic adventure with a crew of lovable weirdos, a fake marriage, and one-bed hijinks on the high seas. When they finally make it to Ibarania, they realize there’s more at stake than just cash and crown, and Makeda must learn what it means to fight for what she desires and not what she feels bound to by duty.
The Queer Principles of Kit Webb by Cat Sebastian
Kit Webb has left his stand-and-deliver days behind him. But dreary days at his coffee shop have begun to make him pine for the heady rush of thievery. When a handsome yet arrogant aristocrat storms into his shop, Kit quickly realizes he may be unable to deny whatever this highborn man desires. In order to save himself and a beloved friend, Percy, Lord Holland must go against every gentlemanly behavior he holds dear to gain what he needs most: a book that once belonged to his mother, a book his father never lets out of his sight and could be Percy’s savior. More comfortable in silk-filled ballrooms than coffee shops frequented by criminals, his attempts to hire the roughly hewn highwayman, formerly known as Gladhand Jack, proves equal parts frustrating and electrifying. Kit refuses to participate in the robbery but agrees to teach Percy how to do the deed. Percy knows he has little choice but to submit and as the lessons in thievery begin, he discovers thievery isn’t the only crime he’s desperate to commit with Kit. But when their careful plan goes dangerously wrong and shocking revelations threaten to tear them apart, can these stolen hearts withstand the impediments in their path?
Satisfaction Guaranteed by Karelia Stetz-Waters
When it comes to her career, Cade Elgin has it all figured out. Only “professional talk” has become her default mode, relationships are nonexistent, and don't even mention the word “orgasm.” All work and no play makes Cade a dull human. But when she inherits a sex toy store, Cade is caught between business and a store filled with every imaginable kind of pleasure—including her infuriatingly irresponsible and deliciously sexy new co-owner. Selena Mathis learned the hard way that she can have too much of a good thing. Which is precisely why she's taken an oath of celibacy and is focusing on how to make Satisfaction Guaranteed a success. She won't mess this up. Not this time. But once again, Selena's emotions are getting in the way, and tempting her with a serious attraction to buttoned-up Cade. But the shop isn't exactly vibe-ing, and Cade and Selena are on the verge of losing both their income and the possibility of love. Can they find a way to work together . . . before Satisfaction Guaranteed runs out of batteries?
Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake by Alexis Hall
Following the recipe is the key to a successful bake. Rosaline Palmer has always lived by those rules—well, except for when she dropped out of college to raise her daughter, Amelie. Now, with a paycheck as useful as greaseproof paper and a house crumbling faster than biscuits in tea, she’s teetering on the edge of financial disaster. But where there’s a whisk there’s a way . . . and Rosaline has just landed a spot on the nation’s most beloved baking show. Winning the prize money would give her daughter the life she deserves—and Rosaline is determined to stick to the instructions. However, more than collapsing trifles stand between Rosaline and sweet, sweet victory.  Suave, well-educated, and parent-approved Alain Pope knows all the right moves to sweep her off her feet, but it’s shy electrician Harry Dobson who makes Rosaline question her long-held beliefs—about herself, her family, and her desires. Rosaline fears falling for Harry is a guaranteed recipe for disaster. Yet as the competition—and the ovens—heat up, Rosaline starts to realize the most delicious bakes come from the heart.
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The Missing Sister (The Seven Sisters Series) by Lucinda Riley
The Missing Sister (The Seven Sisters Series) by Lucinda Riley
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Macmillan; Main Market edition (27 May 2021)Language ‏ : ‎ EnglishHardcover ‏ : ‎ 816 pagesISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1509840176ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1509840175 Synopsis The six D’Aplièse sisters have each been on their own incredible journey to discover their heritage, but they still have one question left unanswered: who and where is the seventh sister? They only have one clue – an image of a…
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rosesandsundragons16 · 2 days ago
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Books Read/Finished in 2021
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                           Books read and finished in the year of 2021
                                        Goal for the year: 50 books
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1. Carry On                                                          By Rainbow Rowell
2. Flowers in the Attic                                          By V.C. Andrews
3. Howl’s Moving Castle                                      By Diana Wynne Jones
4. The Hazel Wood                                              By Melissa Albert
5. Serpent & Dove                                               By Shelby Mahurin
6. House of Salt and Sorrows                              By Erin A. Craig
7. As Old as Time: A Twisted Tale                       By Liz Braswell
8. The Goose Girl                                                 By Shannon Hale
9. Wolf Bonded                                                    By Eden Beck
10. Claimed by Wolves: Fated Magic                  By Callie Rose
11. The Wolves of Forest Grove: Shifted Fate     By Elena Lawson
12. Flirting with Monsters: Shadow Thief             By Eva Chase
13. Neanderthal Seeks Human                            By Penny Reid
14. Haret Chronicles - Quilin: Piece of Dragon    By Laurel Chase 
15. Wild Spirits: Spirit Called                                By Aeryn Havens
16. Bound to the Fae: Captive of Wolves            By Eva Chase
17. Flirting with Monsters: Twilight Crook             By Eva Chase
18. Asylum Bound: A House so Dark                   By Analeigh Ford
19. Haret Chronicles - Quilin: Piece of Shifter      By Laurel Chase
20. Tall Tails Secret Book Club                             By CeeCee James
21. Steeped in Suspicion                                      By Eryn Scott
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readergal · 2 days ago
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The Photographer by Mary Dixie Carter
The Photographer by Mary Dixie Carter
“I considered that my job- to convey to them that I understood their world.” audiobook Synopsis As a photographer, Delta Dawn observes the seemingly perfect lives of New York City’s elite: snapping photos of their children’s birthday parties, transforming images of stiff hugs and tearstained faces into visions of pure joy, and creating moments these parents long for.ARE MADE OF BEAUTIFUL…
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cathygeha · 2 days ago
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REVIEW
 Rattlesnake Road by Amanda McKinney
A Small Town Mystery Romance
 I believe I have a new favorite author! This book was dark, gritty, gut wrenching, and dark soul destroying and yet ultimately so very positive and uplifting that I still smile thinking about this story and the future that Grey and Declan have to look forward to. I have no idea how Ms McKinney managed to draw me in, sweep me away, make me feel, care and dare to hope as I watched one horror after another occur as I wished I could sweep one character or another up and either hold them tight or lock them up.
 What I liked:
* Finding a new author that impressed me and that I will look for in the future
* Grey: a woman with grit, determination, strength, creativity, big heart, a past, dreams, baggage, and addiction to alcohol
* Declan: a man with purpose, a past, anger issues, dreams, a sense of humor, a giver, a fixer, a mechanic, a man with more to give than he realizes – such a good and admirable man
* The mystery surrounding the murdered girl and how it was solved/resolved
* The haunting
* The way the “letters” appeared and the can of worms they opened up
* Etta: neighbor, older woman, gossip, baker, potential good friend
* Kai: works for/with Declan, intriguing, potential good friend, could star in her own story
* Cassidy: cousin to Grey
* The idea Grey came up with for her future
* The meet-cute between Grey and Declan – some of their dialogues were a hoot!
* The way the “hitting bottom” was dealt with/written
* The humanity of the characters and how well they were developed
* The sweet romantic bits
* That it was so REAL and drew me in and made me care and wish/feel I was there
* All of it really except…
 What I didn’t like:
* That the  murderer was not caught sooner and lived so many years unfettered perhaps killing others
* Knowing that people do hit rock bottom like the character in this book did…and sometimes fall even further.
* Having to say goodbye to these characters and not knowing what will happen next
 Did I like this book? Definitely!
Would I read more by this author? Oh my, Yes ~ As soon as I can!
 Thank you to NetGalley and HH Tisevich for the ARC – This is my honest review.
 5 Stars
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 ★ From bestselling and award-winning author Amanda McKinney comes her most evocative and twisted small-town Mystery Romance... ★ Everyone hits rock bottom, only the brave escape. Welcome to 1314 Rattlesnake Road. A quaint two-bedroom log cabin nestled deep in the woods of the small, southern town of Berry Springs—the perfect hideaway to escape your past. Tucked inside thick, mahogany walls lay mysterious letters, forgotten and untouched for decades. Floor-to-ceiling windows frame breathtaking views of jagged cliffs, deep valleys, and endless lies. Mature oak trees, tall enough to touch the clouds, carry the whispers of the haunted, of stories untold Inside sits Grey Dalton, emotionally battered and bruised, her only wish to pick up the broken pieces of her life. But outside, await two men, one a tattooed cowboy, the other a dashing businessman. One will steal her heart, the other, her soul. Rattlesnake Road is a standalone mystery romance about love, loss, hitting rock bottom, and clawing your way to the other side. Your escape awaits…
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 Amanda McKinney is the bestselling and multi-award-winning author of more than fifteen romantic suspense and mystery novels. Her latest book, Rattlesnake Road, was named one of POPSUGAR's 12 Best Romance Books to Have a Spring Fling With, and was featured on the Today Show. The fifth book in her Steele Shadows series, Jagger (Steele Shadows Investigations), was recently nominated for the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. Amanda wrote her debut novel, LETHAL LEGACY in 2017, after walking away from her career to become a writer and stay-at-home mom. Her books include the bestselling series, STEELE SHADOWS SECURITY, the multi-award-winning BERRY SPRINGS series, BLACK ROSE MYSTERIES, and many more to come. Set in small, Southern towns, Amanda's books are page-turning murder mysteries peppered with steamy romance. Amanda is a member of Romance Writers of America, International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime. She lives in Arkansas with her handsome husband, two beautiful boys, and three obnoxious dogs. Text AMANDABOOKS to 66866 to receive Amanda's newsletter and get the latest on new releases, promos, and freebies! Visit her website at www.amandamckinneyauthor.com Follow Amanda on Instagram at www.instagram.com/amandamckinneyauthor Follow Amanda on Facebook at www.facebook.com/amandamckineyauthor (less)
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Book Tour & Review: Everyday Magic by Charlie Laidlaw @CLaidlawAuthor @RingwoodPublish @RRBookTours1 #RRBookTours #Books
Book Tour & Review: Everyday Magic by Charlie Laidlaw @CLaidlawAuthor @RingwoodPublish @RRBookTours1 #RRBookTours #Books
I’m thrilled to share Charlie Laidlaw’s latest novel with you all, Everyday Magic! Read on for an excerpt, a review from me, and a chance to win a signed edition of the book! Everyday Magic Publication Date: May 26th, 2021 Genre: Literary fiction/ Contemporary Fiction/ Humour Publisher: Ringwood Publishing Carole Gunn leads an unfulfilled life and knows it.  She’s married to someone who may, or…
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nerdslikeme · 2 days ago
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BOOK REC: Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune - Roselle Lim
I read Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune a while back now (I'm very behind with my recs) but it was the loveliest, cosiest book, with some of the most wonderful descriptions of food I've ever encountered.
Author: Roselle Lim (website / twitter) UK Publisher: One More Chapter Genre: Magic realism, romance At the news of her mother’s death, Natalie Tan returns home to San Francisco’s vibrant Chinatown.She’s shocked to discover that the neighbourhood is fading, and even more surprised to learn she has inherited her grandmother’s restaurant. Tasked by the community’s seer with cooking up three…
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Review: Bad Choices by Lucy Vine
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I am a huge fan of Lucy Vine. Her books often make me belly laugh and on occasion, lose control of my bodily functions! So, I was delighted when I was approved for her latest release Bad Choices.
Zoe and Nat met in the school toilets on their shared 14th birthday and have since shared pretty much everything. Through bad relationships, university and world travels, new friends, professional successes and messy complex sex situations, they always have and always will have each other. Is there anything their friendship can’t survive?
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One of my favourite things about Lucy Vine’s books is the humour because it’s often dirty without being OTT. It’s always on a level that is highly relatable and therefore hilarious and it was here again in Bad Choices. Simon Stan does in fact turn out to be a huge semen stain of a person and this early nickname really does stand the test of time.
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I also loved the very specific British pop culture references that illustrate the time period perfectly. At this point in the book, I knew that we were circa 2005 and I love that Lucy Vine puts these little in-jokes that perhaps only certain readers will truly get. Although a reference to Steve Brookstein probably will go over some people’s heads (so sad), it’s smile-inducing enough for those who do get it to be a necessary mention.
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Natalie is very insecure with low self-esteem and this makes her vulnerable to attracting the worst kind of men. Sadly, she is someone who so many readers will see themselves or at least their younger selves in. Watching her grow throughout the book was really beautiful and I got tears in my eyes at certain points of her journey.
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One of those points was when she began seriously dating Joe and we saw his true colours come out. Older readers will be able to see all of the red flags that Natalie fails to see at first and as she starts to disappear in front of our eyes, the fear starts to set in. I was terrified that Natalie wouldn’t get out of this alive because I know that so many real women don’t. I love how Lucy Vine manages to weave in real problems into her funny, heartwarming stories. There is plenty of light and shade in Bad Choices and I think this is how it all felt so true to life.
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Zoe is full of her own demons too. She has trust issues because of how her mum left the family when she was a teenager and she does seem to be scared of being abandoned. As she grows, she learns to deal with these insecurities in a healthy, productive way. After experiencing something incredibly painful and traumatic, I think she realises that Natalie will always be there for her, no matter what tries to come between them. It’s almost as if her friendship with Natalie teaches her that not everyone is going to leave at the sight of weakness.
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One of the biggest lessons of Bad Choices is to fully embrace and experience your emotions. Bottling things up and lying to yourself about how things are will only damage yourself and your relationships. Honesty and as much transparency as possible is always the best, healthiest approach to life. However, it can be especially hard to open up if you feel you might be judged or ridiculed which is of course, a side effect that many mental health conditions come with. You never know when a reminder that it’s ok to not be ok and that we have to live through the bad times to fully appreciate the good is needed.
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Zoe and Natalie’s unbreakable connection is a really beautiful celebration of the unique bonds that characterise lifelong female friendship. Anyone who has ever had a friendship like it will immediately recognise the power and intense love that exists between women who would die for each other. Frank, funny and relatable female friendship is present in all of Lucy Vine’s books but it’s perhaps never been as prevalent as it is in this one.
The book ends with a chapter of One Direction fanfiction written by Natalie, which is the perfect, laugh-out-loud, escapism that leaves the reader in a safe, magical, romantic bubble. I can always count on Lucy Vine to leave me in a fantastic mood!
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Bad Choices is a hilarious, addictive and heartwarming read with characters that you truly care about and who will stay with you after you’ve turned the last page. It touches on serious issues such as abusive relationships, mental health struggles, sexuality and self-esteem issues while serving a healthy dose of hilarity. Highly relatable with some valuable lessons, Bad Choices is the perfect feel-good book for the summer.
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diaryofaninsanewriter · 3 days ago
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Book Review: Magical Storytelling by Roma Gupta Sinha in her latest masterpiece, I Live To Love You
Book Review: Magical Storytelling by Roma Gupta Sinha in her latest masterpiece, I Live To Love You #BlogchatterEBook @blogchatter @RomaGuptaSinha
Have you ever been in love? Do the twists and turns of love’s journey leave you enchanted and intrigued? If your answer is yes, then this book is for you. Roma Gupta Sinha’s latest masterpiece, ‘I Live To Love You’ twists the formula of a fairy tale happy ending. It takes you on a wild ride of emotions and each page leaves you wanting to move to the next. Storyline The book revolves around…
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cameracourt · 3 days ago
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Review: "Only Time Will Tell" by Amy Matayo
Review: “Only Time Will Tell” by Amy Matayo
Welcome to my blog review of the latest novel by Amy Matayo! She has recently published her second novel in her “Charles and Company Romance” series (as in Charles Dickens!). Book two: Only Time Will Tell. For newly published author Eliza Sterling, having her first book launch party at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a dream come true. Since her book is a modern-day retelling of Great…
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