“Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates ★★★★

[This review was originally written in April 2016.] Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates Audio narrated by the author The author writes a letter to his 15yo son about what it means to be a black American, the way our nation's history has been twisted and rewritten to serve the purpose of making … Continue reading “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates ★★★★

“Luckiest Girl Alive” by Jessica Knoll ★★★

Audio narrated by Madeline Maby. A driven and seemingly successful young woman seems to have it all: a handsome and wealthy fiance who loves her, a great job in New York City, and deep pockets available for planning her upcoming wedding. Her inner dialogue and behavior toward others, however, shows how superficial she really is. … Continue reading “Luckiest Girl Alive” by Jessica Knoll ★★★

“Dirty Pleasures”, #2 Dirty Billionaire Trilogy by Meghan March ★★★1/2

Audio narrated by Elena Wolfe & Sebastian York (excellent) 3-1/2* I snagged this audio from the library not realizing it was the middle book of a trilogy, so I was a little lost regarding why this couple was already married but didn't really know or love each other. From the bits and pieces I picked … Continue reading “Dirty Pleasures”, #2 Dirty Billionaire Trilogy by Meghan March ★★★1/2

“Unexpected Rush”, #11 Play-by-Play by Jaci Burton ★★

Unexpected Rush Play-by-Play #11 Audio narrated by Lucy Malone 2* Barrett Cassidy plays defense for the Tampa Bay Hawks football team. Falls for his interior designer, Harmony Evans, who is helping with a remodel of his new home. She also happens to be his best friend's younger sister. Barrett fails to tell the overprotective brother … Continue reading “Unexpected Rush”, #11 Play-by-Play by Jaci Burton ★★

“The Life We Bury” by Allen Eskens, ★★★★★

Audio narrated by Zach Villa (excellent). This was fantastic. Interesting characters and plot, both which are revealed slowly bit by bit and circle around to create a satisfying ending. Great story and storytelling. Joe Talbert is a young college student with an assignment to write a biography about an elderly person. He meets an older … Continue reading “The Life We Bury” by Allen Eskens, ★★★★★

“Overheard” by Maya Banks, #2 Unspoken ★★1/2

Audio narrated by Chandra Skyye Gracie Evans is overheard by one of her guy friends discussing what she really wants from a sexual relationship. Luke Forsythe is immediately intrigued. Even though they have always considered themselves part of a tightknit group of (platonic) best friends, he quickly makes plans for a romantic Valentine's Day weekend … Continue reading “Overheard” by Maya Banks, #2 Unspoken ★★1/2

“The Swimming Pool Library” by Alan Hollinghurst ★★★

Will Beckwith, a young man in his 20s, is cruising for sex in a public restroom when 80-year-old Lord Nantwich collapses from a heart attack. As others scatter so they are not discovered in a known location for cottaging, young Will resuscitates the victim, and in so doing, saves his life. The two acquaintances are … Continue reading “The Swimming Pool Library” by Alan Hollinghurst ★★★

“Bad Boys On Board” Anthology including Lori Foster, Donna Kauffman, and Nancy Warren ★★★★

Anthology containing: "My House, My Rules" by Lori Foster "Going Down?" by Donna Kauffman "A Fast Ride" by Nancy Warren 1. Ariel Mathers falls for ex-boyfriend's older brother, Sam Watson. She runs into him in a bar and tries to protect him from a beating outside, not realizing he's working undercover and has backup ready … Continue reading “Bad Boys On Board” Anthology including Lori Foster, Donna Kauffman, and Nancy Warren ★★★★

“Smooth Talking Stranger” by Lisa Kleypas, #3 Travises ★★★★★

Excellent contemporary romance with really smart writing, humor, likeable characters, and a full and interesting story. Ella Varner learns about her sister's pregnancy when she receives a call from their mother that Tara has left her week-old baby boy with her and taken off. Their mother is unwilling to admit to being a grandmother, let … Continue reading “Smooth Talking Stranger” by Lisa Kleypas, #3 Travises ★★★★★

“Sadie’s Highlander” by Maeve Greyson, A Highlander Protector Novel ★★★

[I received an advanced digital copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.] Throughout time, the MacDara clan--the strongest of the druid bloodline--has been designated by their warrior goddesses as the protectors of their greatest treasure. If the Heartstone is stolen or damaged, its power will be lost, and all of humanity will suffer. … Continue reading “Sadie’s Highlander” by Maeve Greyson, A Highlander Protector Novel ★★★