Francesca Rossi is the daughter of the biggest mobster boss in Chicago. Her entire life has been planned. No work, no college. Just marriage to her childhood best friend, Angelo Bandini and then she needs to pop out children. That is the way it has always been in the Chicago outfit. However things don’t go as plan when Senator Wolfe Keaton spots Francesca and decides that she will be the perfect revenge for him. Wolfe steals the kiss that Francesca intends on sharing with Angelo before going to Francesca’s house and stealing her. Wolfe has hated Francesca’s father for ruining his life and his family. Taking her away from her sheltered life and ruining all the plans her father has intended for her is the best way for Wolfe to avenge his family. I saw this book recommended on Audible and was not really interested. So I do not know how I ended up purchasing a copy after seeing it on Goodreads. However I started this book and could not put it down (so much so that I now have an ebook copy AND an audiobook). This was an interesting read with a unique plot and beautifully crafted characters. I absolutely detested Wolfe however it was difficult to not feel sympathy for him and root for his relationship with Francesca throughout this novel. If you are a fan of romance books, definitely give this a try. You will not regret it.
While most people are interested in creating new year resolutions at the start of the year, I personally look forward to creating a Goodreads reading goal. While I may not be that good at meeting my Goodreads goal since I have started working, I do have a few hacks to make it easier to read more books.
Read shorter books- This is the easiest way to make your Goodreads goal without much effort on your part. Simply grab a few short books or novellas and power through them. My go-to books are Mills and Boons or kid’s novels from the 90s such as Goosebumps and Sweet Valley.
Pick lighter reads- Pick a light and easy read so that you’re able to blow through it quickly. I especially like rereads for this reason.
Read in multiple formats and multiple places- I always have a paperback (currently in the middle of three at this moment), an ebook and sometimes an audiobook so that depending on my mood and where I am, I have something ready to read.
Read multiple genres- It helps if you balance something sad and heavy with a more easy read or if you just keep varying genres to read. Sometimes I get bored of reading historicals nonstop so I keep a YA that I can switch to if necessary.
What are some of your TBR hacks? I would love to know below.
THE WALLFLOWERS ARE BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just give me a minute. Okay I’m good. “Devil’s Daughter” follows Phoebe who is the daughter of Evie and St Vincent from “Devil in Winter”. Now I was already excited to read this since I remember mentions of Phoebe as a kid in “Scandal In Spring” and I love West’s character. But when I started this book, I was beyond thrilled. Phoebe is at West’s estate for the wedding of her brother to his cousin. What do weddings have? Tons of people. Like all of Evie’s friends and their kids. I fangirled so hard over this book. Honestly I kind of wanted more wallflower moments but I’m still pleased with what I did get. Anyway, on to the main characters of this book.
When Phoebe meets West, she is instantly drawn to him. Until she finds out who he is. Phoebe is not West’s biggest fan as he bullied her late husband when they were in school together. However it is not long before she realizes that 1) he is no longer that person and 2) she is REALLY attracted to him (I don’t blame her. I’m also attracted to him and he pretty much only exists in my imagination). West is also attracted to Phoebe however he knows that he has a tarnished past and finds her to be above him. He would not let the mistakes of his youth spoil her and her family’s reputation. But Phoebe wants West, any way she can have him. I had the ebook copy of this book and I found myself reading it non-stop. I was really interested in this story. I loved that West reminded me so much of Leo from the Hathaways and Phoebe reminded me of Evie in “Devil In Winter”. It was like my two favourite Lisa Kleypas series had a baby together and this was the amazing end result. I CANNOT WAIT for the next book in this series.
It took me two tries to read this book (ah the powers of a book slump). On my first attempt, I got distracted and bored within the first two chapters. Picking up on attempt two, I devoured this book. “Hello Stranger” follows Dr Garrett Gibson, the only female doctor in England and her stalker friend, Ethan Ransom. Ethan has been following Garrett around during her nightly visits to ensure that she is safe. It is not long before sparks fly between these two and they indulge in an intimate night together. Ransom knows that his world- and him- are too dangerous for Garrett so they both decide to stay away from each other. However Ransom’s enemies soon find out about Garrett and she is drawn into Ransom’s criminal world. My favourite thing about this book was that Garrett was not a damsel in distress. She saves Ransom, Ransom saves her and throughout their relationship she is treated as an equal. She is never fazed by Ransom’s mysterious underground life and I loved that. This was an incredibly well-written book and I am only sad that I did not read it sooner. Curse you book slump.
After reading “The Opportunist”and realising that “Dirty Red” was Leah’s story, I had zero interest in continuing with this series. I could never forgive Caleb or Olivia for both of their deceptions and Leah was my least favourite story so I had no desire to learn any more about her. However after reading about two pages of this and after completing “Verity”, I NEEDED another flawed, bordering-on-psychotic female to follow. So I picked this up again and it did not disappoint. Leah finally has her marriage to Caleb as well as a beautiful baby. Sure, he might seem to care more for the crying brat than he does for her. But he is away from Olivia and that is what matters. Or does it? Olivia may be out of their lives physically but she is still a part of Caleb’s mental space. As Leah and Caleb struggle with their marriage and their differing opinions on parenthood, there might still be space for Olivia to wriggle her way back in anyway. By the end of this book, I had a reluctant understanding and sympathy for Leah. She is a flawed woman who loved a guy who did not love her back. Yes, she is a bitch. But this novel shows that this bitch does have a heart. This was a well-written read that I could not put down and I enjoyed it immensely. I have never read a book, let alone a series, about so many flawed characters and this change was good. Definitely pick this up.
2019 looks to be a great year in books with several of my favourite authors releasing new reads. Here are the books I am most excited for:
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo- I devoured the “Grishaverse” books as well as the “Six of Crows” series. It has been too long since I read a book set in this universe and I CANNOT WAIT for this book to release.
Devil’s Daughter by Lisa Kleypas- I love anything by Lisa Kleypas especially if it is historical. Interested in historical romance? You can read a snippet of “Devil’s Daughter” here.
Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus- “One of Us is Lying” was one of my favourite mysteries of all-time so I cannot wait to read this.
Again But Better by Christine Riccio- Book vlogger Christine Riccio releases her debut novel and if it is even a fraction as funny as she is, we are all in for a treat.
Finale by Stephanie Garber- Stephanie Garber’s “Caraval” series will finally come to an end with “Finale”. Personally while I have enjoyed this series, I cannot wait. I have questions that I need answered about Dante and his past.
The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton- Picking up from the cliffhanger ending where most of my favourite characters (and one character I absolutely detested) were on the run, a resistance is building up. I love books about a team of people resisting the usual order. There is just something about people getting together to fight and overthrow the usual social order that makes me feel warm and cozy.
The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh- Renee Ahdieh tackles vampires in New Orleans in this novel and I am SO HERE FOR IT! I adore Renee Ahdieh’s writing and world-building so I just know that this is going to be a great read.
Queen of Ruin by Tracy Banghart- “Grace and Fury” was impossible to put down and I cannot wait to see how the story continues in this next book.
What books are you most excited for in 2019? Let me know below.
Lowen Ashleigh and Jeremy Crawford meet at the site of a horrific accident. The two of them connect over this unfortunate event as well the tragedies that have struck them in their lives.
Jeremy hires Lowen to ghost-write a series that his now injured wife cannot complete. Lowen, who is unable to turn down the money due to her financial struggles, agrees and moves in to the Crawford home.
Lowen’s plan is simply- sort through Verity Crawford’s notes and get out as soon as possible. However she stumbles across a chilling autobiography written by Verity. This story paints a very different picture of who Verity is as well as the day her daughter died.
As Jeremy and Lowen grow closer, she considers whether or not to tell him the truth. Jeremy may be devoted to his wife but surely that would change once he finds out who she really is.
This was a creepy read that I devoured in one setting. “Verity” is well-written with an intriguing plot. I could not read fast enough and was left speechless at the end. I definitely recommend this to anyone who wants a memorable read.
Told in two (very confusing) timelines, “Monday’s Not Coming” follows the story of Monday and her best friend, Claudia.
Claudia returns from a vacation worried about Monday since she has not replied to any of Claudia’s letters. Claudia gets even more worried when Monday does not show up for school. Monday ALWAYS shows up for school.
No one seems to notice or even care that Monday is not around any more. Monday’s family are being evasive about her location, the teachers assume that she was pulled out of school but no one is investigating where she is. No one besides Claudia. However as Claudia tries to locate her best friend, she is warned away by Monday’s family members who all start to act very suspicious. They all say that Monday is not coming. But where IS Monday???
This was a well-written read that I enjoyed. The timelines were confusing and seemed to make no sense until the very end of the book.
*SPOILER*I thought that the plot twist at the end was overdone *END SPOILER* but this was an amazing read that simply cemented Tiffany D. Jackson as one of my new favourite authors.
Definitely give this a try if you are looking for a book that will draw you in and not let go.
I cannot believe that it took me so many years and so many attempts to finally finish this book. I enjoyed it immensely and cannot wait for the next book in the series.
“Heir of Fire” follows Celaena as she travels to a new land in an attempt to figure out precisely what the King is plannng. Instead she is given a task- she can have an answer to all of her questions if she unleases her Fae side and her full Fae potential.
Meanwhile Chaol and Dorian are both mourning over Celaena’s departure and they are barely speaking. Chaol does not want to involved himself in magic while Dorian is finding it increasingly difficult to hold back his magic. It isn’t long before both of them are forced to choose a side in the upcoming war.
This was a really intriguing read and I could not get enough. “Heir of Fire” introduces new characters, new plotlines and new worlds. It was well-written with great world-building and I cannot wait to finish this series! If you haven’t started this series yet and you’re a fan of fantasy books, definitely give this a go!
I love fantasy novels. They allow me to escape the real world for an hour or two without having to leave the comfort of my bed (which IMO is the best kind of travelling). Here are seven of my top fantasy authors:
Sarah J Maas- Sarah J Maas is my QUEEN! I don’t even care about her “Throne of Glass” series but I am so very obsessed with the “A Court of Thorns and Roses” series that I believe she should be mentioned first on this list. If you haven’t read ACOTAR yet go and get it. I promise it will be worth your while.
Rachel Morgan- Rachel Morgan’s “Creepy Hollow” series has the same incredible world-building and crazy plot twists that you can find in a Sarah J Maas novel. Also, she’s South African so if you order her books directly from her you can get them SIGNED!
Renee Ahdieh- I’ve only read “The Wrath and the Dawn” duology but I loved it so very much. I think Renee Ahdieh has beautiful writing and incredible world-building. Also the guy is TWATD is super-hot.
Marissa Meyer- Marissa Meyer writes compelling adaptations for the stories that we know and love. Two of my favourites are The Lunar Chronicles series (a steampunk-ish kind of fantasy) and Heartless (a story about the terrifying Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland).
Melissa Delport- Melissa Delport is another local author. I am utterly in love with the vampire, Drake from her Guardians of Summerfield series (I fall in love with alot of fictional characters if you didn’t already know that).
Richelle Mead- Vampire Academy was one of my all-time favourite vampire series and that makes Richelle Mead one of my all-time favourite authors
J.K Rowling- Because I will love Harry Potter. Always
Who are some of your favourite fantasy authors? Let me know in a comment.