The Perks of Loving a Wallflower by Erica Ridley

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A big regency thank you to @ForeverPub and @EricaRidley for sharing The Perks of Loving a Wallflower with me. It's been one of my reading highlights thus far for 2022. And a much-needed addition to my Pride month TBR list. 

From the Cover...
As a master of disguise, Thomasina Wynchester can be a polite young lady—or a bawdy old man. She’ll do whatever it takes to solve the cases her family takes on. But when Tommy’s beautiful new client turns out to be the highborn lady she’s secretly smitten with, more than her mission is at stake . . .

Bluestocking Miss Philippa York doesn’t believe in love. Her heart didn’t pitter-patter when she was betrothed to a duke, nor did it break when he married someone else. All Philippa desires is to decode a centuries-old manuscript to keep a modern-day villain from claiming credit for work that wasn’t his. She hates that she needs a man’s help to do it—so she’s delighted to discover the clever, charming baron at her side is in fact a woman. But as she and Tommy grow closer and the stakes of their discovery higher, more than just their hearts are at risk.

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Sea Glass Summer by Miranda Liasson

Releases June 28th ~ Get it on Amazon

As the wife of a retired military spouse reading books with this theme can be a bit emotional. Especially when certain subjects are at the forefront. As always, Miranda Liasson keeps a firm grasp on what she is portraying and how she delivers it.

I found Sea Glass Summer to be ultimately uplifting and inspiring. Giving a voice to grief and the ability to create a new normal. This was beautifully done.


From the Cover...
A moving, uplifting novel about motherhood, starting over, and an unexpected summer romance…

Kit Blakemore is ready to live again. After her husband died while serving in the military, she was in a haze of grief. Now she wants to reclaim her former self—finish her degree and find a better career to provide for their sweet little boy, Oliver. To do that, she’ll need to sell her late husband’s dilapidated Victorian in Seashell Harbor. But first, Kit intends to give Ollie the kind of unforgettable seaside summer she had growing up, making lifelong memories and friendships.

Of course, nothing goes exactly as she planned. Ollie is struggling with his confidence, and frankly, so is Kit. But everything changes when her husband’s best friend, Alex de la Cruz, returns to town, offering to help her renovate. She doesn’t expect Alex to temporarily move in…or for him to bond with Ollie…or for her numb heart to begin thawing. Slowly he’s helping Kit and Ollie heal, and it scares her to death.

Kit swore she wouldn’t leave herself open to the pain of loss again. But if she’s going to teach her son to be brave and move forward, Kit must first face her own fears.

*Thank you to Forever Publishing for sharing this title with me. @readforeverpub @mirandaliasson #

Project Namahana by John Teschner


Releasing June 28th - Get it on Amazon

I have been abundantly lucky to have been able to live in Hawaii not once but twice. The lush vegetation, waterfalls, hiking trails, the people, the culture, and everything that you even remotely think about the beautiful state of Hawaii is showcased in project Project Namahana by John Teschner. A story of nature and what man does to ruin as well as to save it plays out rhythmically within. Thankfully, I've lived there, so the dialogue's cadence wasn’t familiar but rather smile-inducing. I wholeheartedly enjoyed the read.


From the Cover...

Two men, unified by a string of disappearances and deaths, search for answers—and salvation—in the jungles of Kaua‘i. Together, they must navigate the overlapping and complicated lines between a close-knit community and the hated, but economically-necessary corporate farms—and the decades old secrets that bind them.

Project Namahana takes you from Midwestern, glass-walled, corporate offices over the Pacific and across the island of Kaua‘i; from seemingly idyllic beaches and mountainous inland jungles to the face of Mount Namahana; all the while, exploring the question of how corporate executives could be responsible for evil things without, presumably, being evil themselves.

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Sisters in Resistance by Tilar J. Mazzeo

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I am constantly amazed at the power and perseverance of women and what they have done for this world. It is an inescapable fact that when women are left to the task they can do wondrous things for the greater good.

*Thank you to @grandcentralPub for sharing this title with me.

From the Cover...
In 1944, news of secret diaries kept by Italy's Foreign Minister, Galeazzo Ciano, had permeated public consciousness. What wasn't reported, however, was how three women—a Fascist's daughter, a German spy, and an American banker’s wife—risked their lives to ensure the diaries would reach the Allies, who would later use them as evidence against the Nazis at Nuremberg.

In 1944, Benito Mussolini's daughter, Edda, gave Hitler and her father an ultimatum: release her husband, Galeazzo Ciano, from prison, or risk her leaking her husband's journals to the press. To avoid the peril of exposing Nazi lies, Hitler and Mussolini hunted for the diaries for months, determined to destroy them.

Hilde Beetz, a German spy, was deployed to seduce Ciano to learn the diaries' location and take them from Edda. As the seducer became the seduced, Hilde converted as a double agent, joining forces with Edda to save Ciano from execution. When this failed, Edda fled to Switzerland with Hilde’s daring assistance to keep Ciano's final wish: to see the diaries published for use by the Allies. When American spymaster Allen Dulles learned of Edda's escape, he sent in Frances De Chollet, an “accidental” spy, telling her to find Edda, gain her trust, and, crucially, hand the diaries over to the Americans. Together, they succeeded in preserving one of the most important documents of WWII.

Drawing from in‑depth research and first-person interviews with people who witnessed these events, Mazzeo gives readers a riveting look into this little‑known moment in history and shows how, without Edda, Hilde, and Frances's involvement, certain convictions at Nuremberg would never have been possible.

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And There He Kept Her by Joshua Moehling

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When two teenagers break into a house on a remote lake in search of prescription drugs, what starts as a simple burglary turns into a nightmare for all involved. Emmett Burr has secrets he's been keeping in his basement for more than two decades, and he'll do anything to keep his past from being revealed. As he gets the upper hand on his tormentors, the lines blur between victim, abuser, and protector.

Personal tragedy has sent former police officer Ben Packard back to the small Minnesota town of Sandy Lake in search of a fresh start. Now a sheriff's deputy, Packard is leading the investigation into the missing teens, motivated by a family connection. As clues dry up and time runs out to save them, Packard is forced to reveal his own secrets and dig deep to uncover the dark past of the place he now calls home.

*Thank you to @poisonedPenPress and Sourcebooks for sharing this title with me!
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Devereaux Duet Push & Pull by Sadie Rose


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This was an absolute reader delight! Spicey, sexy, and fun with a bit of drama added in for character. It's a fantastic read especially if you're short on time but want a bit of a thrill. This is my first time reading Sadie Rose and it won't be my last. Her writing style and flow are phenomenal. I so enjoy falling for new authors. ((Smiles))


*Thank you so much to Sadie Rose and the wonderful people at Inkslinger who shared this duet with me! It made my vacay!

From the Cover...

Push (Book #1)
Fresh out of college, Olivia Monroe has a new apartment and a new job living in San Francisco with her best friend. Hoping for a fresh start drama free, Olivia has a chance encounter with an attractive stranger who turns out to be more than she bargained for.

Now her fresh start is becoming more precarious by the day as she navigates work, love, and a secret she intends to keep.

Pull (Book #2)
Heartbroken after her breakup with billionaire Roman Devereaux, Olivia Monroe can’t move on while still working for his company- no matter how hard she tries. A new job could mean a fresh start but her past keeps coming back.

Roman knows he ruined his relationship with Olivia, but his success has never been from accepting setbacks. He’ll fight to get Olivia back- even if he has to sacrifice the armor that has always protected him.

Pull is the second book in the Devereaux Duet and should be read after Push.

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Lovely Bad Things by by Trisha Wolfe

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Trisha Wolfe is a mainline infusion of all things diabolical and disturbing! I have savored every book she produces. Lovely Bad Things is no exception and was an absolutely phenomenal read. Simply perfect for my week at the beach. Mrs. Wolfe is a self-proclaimed writing lunatic. She's truly a maestro of the macabre and a master of dark killer romance. If you’re a fan of the psychological and with a twist of darkness you’re going to absolutely love this one.


From the Cover...

He’s the devil. And she’s his wicked game.

An enemies-to-lovers dark romance with a thrilling twist from the disturbed mind that brought you the Darkly, Madly Duet.

They say eyes are the windows to the soul—but when he looks at me through hues of slate-green and flaring blue embers, I’m terrified of what’s watching me from behind his clashing gaze, something primal and feverish that threatens to melt me like fire in ice.

I fear falling into Kallum Locke’s pitch-black soul.

But after I’m called to a crime scene to investigate the most gruesome act of violence to descend on the legendary town of Hollow’s Row, I have no choice but to turn to Kallum, to the man I had locked away in an asylum for the criminally insane.

He’s the leading expert on all things Nietzsche and occult. And now, to get answers, I’m forced to make a deal with the devil himself.

Really, eyes are the windows to the soul? Then I wonder what little Halen St. James thinks of all the cryptic eyes watching her in the killing fields… I wonder if the hairs on her delicate nape lifted away, if a thrilling shiver raced over her soft skin. She’s desperate for the answer, and she’ll do anything to uncover it—even make a deal with me, dangling freedom like bait on a hook.

But she’s far more tempting to sink my teeth into than any lure.

And the pain will taste twice as sweet.

CW: Serial killers. Crime scenes. Dark themes. Violence. Murder. Blood and sharp object play. Occult references. Loss of loved ones. As this is dark romance, there are likely other dark themes and situations, so please read responsibly.

Good Morning, Love by Ashley M. Coleman

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Carlisa “Carli” Henton is a musician and songwriter hoping to follow in her father’s musical footsteps. But, biding her time until she makes it big in the music industry, she works as a junior account manager at a big-name media company to cover her New York City rent. Carli meticulously balances her work with her musical endeavors as a songwriter—until a chance meeting with rising star Tau Anderson sends her calculated world into a frenzy. Their worlds collide and quickly blur the strict lines Carli has drawn between her business and her personal life, throwing Carli’s reputation—and her burgeoning songwriting career—into question.

A smart, timely, energizing romance, Good Morning, Love shows us what the glamorous New York’s music scene is really like and takes us into the lives of a rising but somewhat troubled R&B star and a promising protégé who knows her job better than she knows herself.

With fresh and honest prose, Good Morning, Love examines the uncertainty of being a new professional looking to chase a dream while also trying to survive in a world that’s not always kind to ambitious women.

Maggie Moves On by Lucy Score

Releases June 21st ~ Get it on Amazon

I was lucky enough to spend my weekend with Maggie Moves On by Lucy Score.

I get this feeling when I discover a new author that surprises me. I’ve been reading and reviewing since 2013 so it’s safe to say I read a lot. But what doesn’t happen a lot is me instantly wanting to know more. And I mean to know more about the author's backlog of books.

I got the same feeling the first time I read Darynda Jones, Emma Chase, and more recently Abby Jimenez. They write like a movie. I immediately see a cast playing this out in my head. Not many authors can achieve this. Side note: Ryan Reynolds is on my shortlist for the laid-back landscaper Silas Wright.

My cheeks hurt from the smiles this tome provides. From the moment they met till the movie-worthy epilogue. I am truly obsessed with Maggie Moves On by Lucy Score. I need more and I need it now.


*Thank you to @ForeverPublishing for sharing this title with me.

From the Cover...

Can these opposites turn up the heat… without burning down the house?

House-flipping sensation and YouTube star Maggie Nichols can’t wait to dig into her next challenge. Arriving in tiny Kinship, Idaho, with only a cot and a coffeemaker, Maggie is prepared to restore a crumbling Victorian mansion in four months or less. She has her to-do lists, her blueprints, and her team. What she doesn’t have is time for sexy, laid-back landscaper Silas Wright.

The man takes flirtation to a whole new level. And he does it shirtless…sometimes pants-less. He and his service school-dropout dog are impressively persistent. But she’s not interested in putting down roots. Not when fans tune in to watch her travel the country turning dilapidated houses into dream homes. A short-term fling on the other hand could fit nicely into her calendar. After all, Maggie remembers what fun is like. Vaguely.

As their summer gets downright steamy, Silas manages to demolish the emotional walls she’s spent years building, sending Maggie into a panic. He’s the wrench in her carefully constructed plans. With the end of the project looming, she has a decision to make. But how can she stay when her entire career is built on moving on?