“Shelter in Place” by Nora Roberts ★★★★ [Expected Release Date: May 29, 2018]

I received an ARC of this title from St. Martin's Press through a Goodreads giveaway contest. My thanks to both as Nora Roberts is one of my favorite authors. The expected release date is May 29, 2018. The story centers on a mass shooting which took place at a typical American shopping mall when our … Continue reading “Shelter in Place” by Nora Roberts ★★★★ [Expected Release Date: May 29, 2018]

Crusader series by Kathryn LeVeque, Audio narrated by Brian J. Gill ★★★1/2

The Crusader (#1); and Kingdom Come (#2) This is a general overview of the prequel, The Crusader, and the second book, Kingdom Come. A modern-day archaeologist, Rory Cosgrove, uncovers an incredibly well-preserved knight, Sir Kieran Hage, a friend of, and loyal to, King Richard the Lionheart from the Third Crusade. She becomes obsessed with him after … Continue reading Crusader series by Kathryn LeVeque, Audio narrated by Brian J. Gill ★★★1/2

“The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins ★★★1/2 – Audio narrated by Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, & India Fisher

I was late getting on this train and frankly couldn't wait for the ride to be over. I didn't read the book when all the hype surrounding it was going on, hadn't yet seen the movie, so I didn't know anything about it except that it was a suspense/thriller in the vein of Gone Girl. … Continue reading “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins ★★★1/2 – Audio narrated by Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, & India Fisher

“Falling Man” by Don DeLillo ★★★★1/2

    Sensitive and thoughtful fictional account of how several individuals survived and processed the events of 9/11 and its aftermath. He said, "It still looks like an accident, the first one.  Even from this distance, way outside the thing, how many days later, I'm standing here thinking it's an accident." "Because it has to … Continue reading “Falling Man” by Don DeLillo ★★★★1/2

“To Love Jason Thorn” by Ella Maise ★★★★

Narrated by Lidia Dornet & Sebastian York As a small girl, Olive Taylor introduces herself to her older brother's best friend, Jason. Once he smiles at her--showing his dimple--and calls her "Lil One", she immediately develops a little girl crush. Their first meeting is cute and portrays Jason as a sweet boy and Olive as … Continue reading “To Love Jason Thorn” by Ella Maise ★★★★

“The Accident” by Chris Pavone ★★★

Although the premise behind this story was interesting, I think I wanted it to be more exciting than it actually was.  Instead, the story felt drawn out and rather ho-hum, especially for a suspense novel. In short, this follows multiple characters (literary agents, CIA operatives, politicians, and the author him/herself) around the globe throughout one … Continue reading “The Accident” by Chris Pavone ★★★

“Joy Ride” by Lauren Blakely, #5 Big Rock ★★★

Joy Ride by Lauren Blakely #5 Big Rock Narrated by Sebastian York 3* This is a romance between two gearheads, Max Summers and Henley Rose Marlowe. Five years prior, Henley was Max's shop assistant, and one of the most skilled he'd ever met, but things ended on a bad note between them when heated words … Continue reading “Joy Ride” by Lauren Blakely, #5 Big Rock ★★★

“Wanderlust” by Lauren Blakely ★★★★★

Audio narrated by Grace Grant & Richard Armitage (Excellent!) Well, this story is near to perfection. I was able to borrow the audiobook as it is currently part of Audible's Romance Package. I have to say, however, that I will end up purchasing it because it is now on my favorites list and I'll enjoy … Continue reading “Wanderlust” by Lauren Blakely ★★★★★

Recap of Books Read in January 2018 (29!!)

I'm not joking when I say I live vicariously through books.  I love pretending I'm in a place I've never been or once again visiting somewhere I have been.  I love pretending that I'm a better and brighter version of myself, which I can do by placing myself inside the story.  Of course, some characters … Continue reading Recap of Books Read in January 2018 (29!!)

“Rush” by Maya Banks, #1 Breathless ★★★

Unfortunately, there were many, many "NO's" going through my head as I read this book. The hero was a selfish jerk pretending to be a dominant alpha male (he was actually a bit of a coward). The "relationship" starts off with a wealthy and powerful businessman, Gabe Hamilton, requiring a signed contract from his best … Continue reading “Rush” by Maya Banks, #1 Breathless ★★★