Wednesday, June 29, 2022

The Sweetest Thing: A Honey Acres Novel #1 by Sasha Summers

(Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book!)

about book:

The birds and the bees and longtime rivalries…

For Tansy Hill, nothing is sweeter than honey from her farm—except maybe revenge on the man whose father stole her family’s secret honey recipe years ago. Dane “The Viking” Knudson has been Tansy’s rival since childhood, and though he’s grown into a frustratingly handsome charmer, he’s also standing between her and the best honey award at the Honey Bee Festival, which Honey Hill Farms desperately needs to stay afloat.

Fanning the sparks that have forever flown between them, the competition is on. Sure, Tansy and Dane have plenty in common—more than they’ll admit—but Dane’s plans to expand Viking Honey are also on the line. When buried family secrets come to light, they’ll have to decide whether taking a chance on each other is worth risking the happiness they’ve been longing for.

my thoughts:

What a sweet love story! The Sweetest Thing by Sasha Summers is amazing! I just loved it to bits!

Tansy and Dane are rivals.  Honey is their game and they are eager to be the BEST and champion of the best honey award at the Honey Bee Festival.  The only thing is that romance seems to be blooming between the two and that could be a problem. Why? Well, Tansy is keen to win in order to keep her farm going; whilst Dane wants to expand his farm.  They both have plenty on the line when it comes to winning that award and romance can not get in the way. Or can it? After all, the heart wants what it wants, right?

Summers has written a fun and delightful story that will warm your heart and make you smile. It's such a treat to read. You won't be able to fall in love with Tansy and Dane and their love of honey.

I'd happily recommend The Sweetest Thing to anyone and everyone looking for their next great read - you will LOVE this book to bits!

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book!

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Her Darkest Secret by Jessica R. Patch

(Thank you to Harlequin for providing me with a copy of this book!)

about book: (summary from Goodreads)

When a cold-case serial killer returns, FBI special agent Fiona Kelly has one last chance to stop him before he claims the prize he’s always wanted—her.

The sight of a goose feather at a murder scene modeled after a children’s poem is enough to make FBI special agent Fiona Kelly's blood turn to ice. Almost two decades ago, a feather was left with her sister's body—and with every subsequent victim of the Nursery Rhyme Killer. Now he's back. Only this time, his latest gruesome murder is a message to the only one who ever got away: Fiona.

Finding “Rhyme” is an obsession that's fueled Fiona's career—and destroyed her marriage to fellow FBI agent Asa Kodiak. Now Fiona and Asa have to put their past tensions aside and work together one last time. But Rhyme is watching, and catching this killer may force Fiona to reveal her biggest, darkest secret…the one only he knows.

Her Darkest Secret by Jessica R. Patch grabbed me in the first scene of this edge-of-your-seat suspense and didn't let go until the end!”—Patricia Bradley, author of the Memphis Cold Case novels

my thoughts:

Wow! What at thrilling and gripping read! Her Darkest Secret by Jessica R. Patch is fantastic!

Chock full of suspense, mystery, and action, this book will reel you in and keep you turning pages faster than it takes you to say, "Harlequin Books rock!" - I'm serious, this book is unputdownable! I just loved getting to know Fiona Kelly and her ex-husband, Asa Kodiak.  They are quite the powerhouse duo when it comes to solving murder. Not only are they working against the clock, but they are each trying to protect their hearts and their lives. Talk about gritty drama at its very best! 

Patch has created unforgettable characters that you are going to fall in deep with and a story that will haunt you long after you turn that last page. Her Darkest Secret is a must-read! Check it out ASAP!

Thank you to Harlequin for providing me with a copy of this book!

Monday, June 27, 2022

To Kiss A Wallflower: Timeless Regency Collection by Jen Geigle Johnson, Heather B. Moore, and Anneka R. Walker

(Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book!)

about book:

To Kiss a Wallflower is the nineteenth book in the Timeless Regency Collection, a bestselling anthology series from Mirror Press. The book features three novellas from acclaimed historical romance authors whose stories reveal that eventually, all wallflowers will have their chance at love . . . This is where it begins.

“The Wallflower’s Dance,” by Jen Geigle Johnson

Lottie Hughes likes people, as long as they aren't too close. Does it bother her that no one asks her to dance? Yes, but she's not sure how to drum up dance partners when she has almost no dowry, no title, and freezes up when anyone tries to talk to her. When she suddenly inherits a huge amount and is the new center of attention all over London, her secret dreams might come true but also her worst nightmares. Suddenly everyone wants to talk to her. Men ask her to dance. And she is inundated with interested suitors. She fights to stay close to the few friends she knows are true. One man saw her before her life changed forever. But does she want to accept his help when he, too, might be insincere?

“Letters to a Wallflower,” by Heather B. Moore

Ellen might be beautiful and considered a diamond of the first water by Society, but she is so very tired of the pressure to marry a titled gentleman so that her beauty won’t go to waste. When her cousin Dinah dares Ellen to attend a ball with no frills and to stand with the wallflowers, Ellen takes on the dare. What’s in the wager for her? The prize cuttings of her aunt’s extraordinary roses. But what Ellen isn’t expecting is Lord Ravenshire to engage her in the most interesting conversation. When she confesses to him of her opposition in marrying for a title, he confesses his distaste of the London scene. They strike a bargain together, one which will either push them apart or lead to a future sweeter than either of them could have imagined.

“To Marry a Wallflower,” by Anneka R. Walker

Charlotte Winters is destined to spinsterhood until she turns down an unwanted proposal and everything changes. With gossip rampant, her father attempts to salvage her reputation by betrothing her to another. Soon she is sent off to her aunt’s to meet Lord Templeton, her intended. Anxiety-ridden, Charlotte begs her aunt to let her observe Lord Templeton from afar before their introduction. She never planned to pretend to be her fictional cousin to learn more about him, or to fall in love with Lord Templeton’s friend in the process. Lord Templeton dreads returning to the empty halls of Newcliff Manor. When his father’s old friend, Mr. Winters reaches out for assistance, Lord Templeton finds himself returning home engaged to a woman he has never met. Desperate to learn more about Miss Winters, he befriends her cousin. He wouldn’t have spoken to her, or lied about his identity, if he’d known the quiet woman would sneak into his heart.

my thoughts:

Love, love, love! What a delightful treat! The Timeless Regency Collection has published a wonderful collection of novellas, three to be precise, in this amazing new book: To Kiss A Wallflower. Each story is written by a bestselling author of the historical romance genre and they are: Jen Geigle Johnson, Heather B. Moore, and Anneka R. Walker. How exciting does that sound, right? Believe me, I was thrilled to get my hands on a copy of To Kiss A Wallflower. I couldn't wait to dive right in. So, I grabbed a cuppa, my favorite blanket, and started reading, reading, reading. I didn't put the book down, until I finished all three stories - and they were fantastic!

A book about wallflowers that finally get their chance at love - how could I resist?! The three stories are: The Wallflower's Dance by Jen Geigle Johnson; Letters to a Wallflower by Heather B. Moore; and, To Marry a Wallflower by Anneka R. Walker. And they are fabulous! There are secrets, dares, and mistaken identities. And, the romance will make you swoon. Of course, gossip abounds, hidden agendas are revealed, and family duty rears its ugly head. All in all, To Kiss A Wallflower is fun and engaging book that has superb writing, unique twists and turns, sweet and roguish characters that you will fall in love with, and a wallflower theme that you can relate to. Such a great book!!

I would happily recommend To Kiss A Wallflower to anyone and everyone looking for their next great read - you will LOVE this book to bits! Check it out ASAP!

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a coy of this book!

Thursday, June 23, 2022

In The Dark We Forget: A Novel by Sandra SG Wong

(Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!)


about book: (summary from Goodreads)

A jolting psychological suspense novel from an up-and-coming Chinese-Canadian crime writer about missing parents, a winning lottery ticket and the lies we tell ourselves in order to survive.

Some things are better left forgotten . . .

When a woman wakes up with amnesia beside a mountain highway, confused and alone, she fights to regain her identity, only to learn that her parents have disappeared—not long after her mother bought a winning $47 million lottery ticket.

As her memories painfully resurface and the police uncover details of her parents’ mysterious disappearance, Cleo Li finds herself under increasing suspicion. Even with the unwavering support of her brother, she can’t quite reconcile her fears with reality or keep the harrowing nightmares at bay.

As Cleo delves deeper for the truth, she cannot escape the nagging sense that maybe the person she should be afraid of...is herself.

With jolting revelations and taut ambiguity, In the Dark We Forget vividly examines the complexities of family—and the lies we tell ourselves in order to survive.

my thoughts:

Suspense and thrills at its very best! I LOVED In The Dark We Forget by Sandra SG Wong! What an exciting and entertaining read!

Cleo wakes up on the side of the road not remembering who she is or how she got there. She soon find outs that her parents are missing. Apparently they won the lottery and have since vanished. Say what?! Yep, a mystery to be sure. Cleo's memories start to tumble in and soon she is doubting her self and the people around her. 

Wong has written an interesting mystery that will have you guessing all the way through and enjoying every minute spent with Cleo. In The Dark We Forget is a must-read and will make the perfect addition to your summer TBR piles - check it out ASAP!

Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

The Catch Me If You Can: One Woman's Journey to Every Country in the World by Jessica Nabongo

(Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!)

about book: (summary from Goodreads)

In this inspiring travelogue, celebrated traveler and photographer Jessica Nabongo—the first Black woman on record to visit all 195 countries in the world—shares her journey around the globe with fascinating stories of adventure, culture, travel musts, and human connections. 

It was a daunting task, but Jessica Nabongo, the beloved voice behind the popular website The Catch Me if You Can, made it happen, completing her journey to all 195 UN-recognized countries in the world in October 2019. Now, in this one-of-a-kind memoir, she reveals her top 100 destinations from her global adventure. 

Beautifully illustrated with many of Nabongo's own photographs, the book documents her remarkable experiences in each country, including: 

A harrowing scooter accident in Nauru, the world’s least visited country,
Seeing the life and community swarming around the Hazrat Ali Mazar mosque in Afghanistan,
Horseback riding and learning to lasso with Black cowboys in Oklahoma,
Playing dominoes with men on the streets of Havana,
Learning to make traditional takoyaki (octopus balls) from locals in Japan,
Dog sledding in Norway and swimming with humpback whales in Tonga,
A late night adventure with strangers to cross a border in Guinea Bissau,
And sunbathing on the sandy shores of Los Roques in Venezuela.

Along with beloved destinations like Peru and South Africa, you'll also find tales from far-flung corners and seldom visited destinations, including Tuvalu, North Korea, South Sudan, and the Central African Republic. Nabongo's stories are love letters to diversity, beauty, and culture—and most of all, to the people she meets along the way. Throughout, she offers bucket-list experiences for other travel-lovers looking to follow in her footsteps. 

For armchair travelers or readers planning a trip around the globe, this arresting collection will awe and inspire!

my thoughts:

Wow! What an awesome book! The Catch Me If You Can: One Woman's Journey to  Every Country in the World by Jessica Nabongo is absolutely a MUST-READ!! Chock full of personal photographs, travel experiences, a bucket list, and so much more - this book is the PERFECT way to see the world from the comfort from your own home. It is an AMAZING read that you won't be able to stop reading. I LOVED it to bits!!

Jessica is the first Black woman to travel the world and visit all 195 UN-recognized countries in the world. Her journey ended in 2019. This book documents 100 countries that she visited and it is fantastic. You get to know Jessica and her penchant for traveling and how she made this dream to see the world come true. And then, you get to go along with her as she visits all the places you've heard about or dreamt about seeing. It is such a delight to read and peruse her photographs. This book is just such a feast for travelers - not only will you be inspired to add more cities to your own private bucket list, but you won't be able to help smile at the excitement and experiences that Jessica shares about. Such a wonderful read!

I would happily recommend The Catch Me If You Can: One Woman's Journey to Every Country in the World to anyone and everyone looking for their next great summer read - you will fall in deep with this one. Check it out!!

Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!