Baggage Claim by Juliana Smith
Genres: Adult, Contemporary,
The Wrong Bones by Melinda Leigh
Kindle Edition, 119 pages
Published October 25th 2022 by Montlake
My Thoughts: I have read many of The Widow’s Island series but not all of them. When I saw a novella was available, I knew that I needed to read it. I really like that I do not have to read all the books to enjoy other books. Each book is a stand-alone with the same setting and familiar characters, but each book has it’s own story and a finished ending.
In The Wrong Bones, Tessa and Logan are solving a local crime that starts in the cemetery. There were many clues and not a lot of surprises until the end. I thought I had it figured out, but I did not quite have it all put together.
Melinda Leigh did a great job writing a fun novella. She told the whole story in just over 100 pages and I love it.
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The Steeles at Silver Island, Book 4
By: Melissa Foster
Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
Some fates are too tempting to deny....
If you love single-parent romances, you won’t want to miss Always Her Love, an emotionally gripping, funny, and sinfully hot story of forbidden love, with a much deserved and epic happily ever after. Fall in love on the sandy shores of Silver Island, home to coffee shops, boat races, midnight rendezvous, and the sexy, sharp-witted Steeles. They have a penchant for pranks, a passion for loyalty, and a trunk full of secrets. All Steele novels may be enjoyed as stand-alone romances.
In Always Her Love
“I'm pregnant. It’s yours. I’m having it, and unless you want it, I’m putting it up for adoption.” Those were the words that changed Levi Steele’s life before he was even legally allowed to drink. There was never any question about whether he would keep his daughter, and eight years later, he doesn’t have a single regret. He owns a successful contracting company, he’s part of the Dark Knights motorcycle club, and Joey’s happiness is his top priority. None of that would be possible without the help of Joey’s beautiful and selfless aunt Tara, who’s going to be staying with them over spring break and who he’s been thinking about in ways he shouldn’t. But Tara’s older sister is Joey’s birth mother, and she’s the last woman the dirty-talking biker should want to get his hands on.
Tara Osten has been crushing on Levi for as long as she can remember. He’s a loving father, a loyal friend, someone with whom she can always be herself, and six-plus feet of deliciously hard, tattooed muscle. At 24, she’s finally realized he will never see her as more than his baby mama’s younger sister. It’s time to let go of her lustful fantasies starring Levi Steele and move on with her life. Step one: Buy her own place and start dating. Step two: Survive spring break without falling harder for the one man she can never have.
Discover the magic of New York Times best-selling author Melissa Foster's writing and see why millions of readers and listeners have fallen in love with the Love in Bloom big-family romance collection. Love in Bloom novels are written to stand alone or may be enjoyed as part of the larger series, so dive right into this fun, sexy romance.
Audiobook Review: From the first words I heard I knew that this book was going to pull at my heart strings. Aidan Snow and Ava Erickson brought Levi and Tara’s story to life. They used their amazing voices to tell the story of a single dad and the aunt found their way out of friendship into so much more. Melissa Foster has the best narrators.
eBook Review: Oh Melissa, the stories you write. Always Her Love is the story of single dad Levi and his friend Tara. Tara has had a crush on Levi forever but has kept her feelings in check for fear of losing him as a friend. I LOVE watching Levi realize his feelings for Tara and then carefully convincing her that he was worth the risk. I did have to remind myself that they were long time friends a couple times as it seemed their relationship moved quickly but their relationship started with them in love with each other already.
Joey, Levi’s little girl, is adorable. I really enjoyed her part in their story. Her innocence at Levi and Tara’s relationship, her total love for Tara, and her love of life is infectious. Every scene that she appeared in is my favorite. I waited to see what her reaction would be or what she would say. She may be the biggest part of the love between Levi and Tara.
Always Her Love is a great addition to Melissa Foster’s Steele’s at Silver Island series. The best part, that each book is their own story. You can read them in an order. I recommend picking up your own copy.
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow
Genre: Literary Fiction
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published July 5th 2022 by Knopf Publishing Group
My Thoughts: I am not anything close to a gamer, I play solitaire sometimes on my tablet, yet this book is wonderful. I really enjoyed Sam and Sadie. Their relationship of being just friends was unique and perfect. Whether they were working together, gaming together, or just being together they understood each other, they respected each other, and they love each other.
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow is a unique story. I believe it will reach across many types of readers and pull in a huge crowd of readers who will all love or at least like it. This is a story of making and playing games, a story of friendship, a story of loss and love, and a story of forgiveness.
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The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry spent several months on the New York Times Best Seller List, reached #1 on the National Indie Best Seller List, was a USA Today Best Seller, and has been a best seller all around the world. A.J. Fikry was honored with the Southern California Independent Booksellers Award for Fiction and the Japan Booksellers’ Prize, and was long listed for the International Dublin Literary Award, among other honors. The Toronto Globe and Mail called the book “a powerful novel about the power of novels.”
Her debut, Margarettown, was a selection of the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers program and was long-listed for the James Tiptree, Jr. Award. The Hole We’re In was a New York Times Editor’s Choice title. Of The Hole We’re In, The New York Times Book Review wrote, “Zevin breathes real life into this tough-girl vet, a heroine for our times, recognizable from life but new to fiction.” Young Jane Young won the Southern Book Prize and was one of the Washington Post’s Fifty Notable Works of Fiction. In a starred review, Kirkus Reviews wrote, “This book will not only thoroughly entertain everyone who reads it; it is the most immaculate takedown of slut-shaming in literature or anywhere else. Cheers, and gratitude, to the author.”
She has also written books for young readers. Elsewhere was an American Library Association Notable Children’s Book, a finalist for the Quill Award and the California Young Reader Medal, and was long listed for the Carnegie Medal. It won the Borders Original Voices Award, the Ulmer Unke, and the Sakura Medal. Of Elsewhere, the New York Times Book Review wrote, “Every so often a book comes along with a premise so fresh and arresting it seems to exist in a category all its own… Elsewhere, by Gabrielle Zevin, is such a book.” It was recently named to Time magazine’s 2021 list of the 100 Best YA Novels of All Time.
She is the screenwriter of Conversations with Other Women (Helena Bonham Carter) for which she received an Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Best First Screenplay. She and director Hans Canosa adapted her novel Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac (ALA Best Books for Young Adults, NYPL Books for the Teenage) into the Japanese film, Dareka ga Watashi ni Kisu wo Shita. She has occasionally written criticism for the New York Times Book Review and NPR’s All Things Considered, and she began her writing career at age fourteen as a music critic for the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. Her Modern Love column was recently read by Sandra Oh for the Modern Love podcast. The film version of The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, for which Zevin wrote the adaptation, will go into production at the end of 2021.
Zevin is a graduate of Harvard University. She lives in Los Angeles. Her tenth novel, Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow will be published by Knopf in 2022, and is being developed into a feature film by Temple Hill and Paramount Studios.