Thursday, December 24, 2020

2020 in Review... Books I've Reviewed in June 2020


A captivatingly funny and deeply emotional new standalone romance by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster. When the Dark Knights at Bayside and the cast of Bayside Summers collide, sparks fly, and trouble—or maybe love—is not far behind.

Set on the sandy shores of Cape Cod, the Wickeds feature fiercely protective heroes, strong heroines, and unbreakable family bonds. If you think bikers are all the same, you haven’t met the Dark Knights. The Dark Knights are a motorcycle club, not a gang. Their members stick together like family and will stop at nothing to keep their communities safe. Their stories are told in the same loving, passionate voice readers have come to adore from Melissa. Some of the Wickeds’ love stories will be hilariously fun, others will tear at your heartstrings with injections of humor, but they will all leave you wishing you could climb between the pages and join them!

What do a cocky biker and a businesswoman who has sworn off dating bad boys have in common? According to Chloe Mallery, not much.

Justin came into the Wicked family after a harsh upbringing by a thieving father. He’s gone through a lot to become a true Wicked, and he’s made them proud. Now he’s ready to show the woman he loves exactly what type of man he is. But Chloe Mallery has worked hard to move past her difficult upbringing, and she’s wary of getting involved with a man who looks like he’s walked right out of it. When tragedy strikes, will their trying pasts draw them together, or will Justin’s protective nature be too much for Chloe’s independent heart to accept?

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

Crazy, Wicked Love
The Wicked Aftermath
Wicked Lucky
Wicked Temptations 

My Thoughts...

The Wicked’s start a new family but they are not new to the Love in Bloom Series.   They have made appearances in other books and are now getting the HEA’s they deserve.  I am thrilled that Melissa started with Justin.   He has been sniffing around Chloe since the first time the reader was introduced to him and it was time for him to stop sniffing and get to action.  

I loved how much these two connected.   It was not just physical.   There were conversations, discussions about life, and fun outside of the bedroom.   Now, I have to say that the heat in the bedroom was out of this world and I expected it to be.   A Black Knight and the “Uptown Girl” must be explosive when they come together.  

 Of course, I have to mention the friendships.    The girls have Chloe’s back, but they also know when they have to give her gentle shoves in the direction of the only man for her.    The Wicked brothers will protect each other no matter what but they also understand that sometimes a man needs a little help getting out of his own way.  

 Whether A Little Bit Wicked in where you start reading Melissa Foster or you have been a fan for a while, the Wicked family is one that you will want more of. 

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When a man agrees to do a favor for a friend, he gets more than he bargained for as he becomes embroiled in a woman's murder in this new thriller from the USA Today bestselling author of Layover.

Ryan Francis has it all--great job, wonderful wife, beautiful child--and he loves posting photos of his perfect life on social media. Until the night his friend Blake asks him to break into a woman's home to retrieve incriminating items that implicate Blake in an affair. Ryan refuses to help, but when Blake threatens to reveal Ryan's darkest secret--which could jeopardize everything in Ryan's life--Ryan has no choice but to honor Blake's request.

When he arrives at the woman's home, Ryan is shocked to find her dead--and just as shocked to realize he knows her. Then his phone chimes, revealing a Facebook friend request from the woman. With police sirens rapidly approaching, Ryan flees, wondering why his friend was setting him up for murder.

Determined to keep his life intact and to clear his name, Ryan must find the real murderer--but solving the crime may lead him closer to home than he ever could have imagined.

My Thoughts...

Talk about taking the reader on a twisted, curvy, upside down, and right side up ride.   David Bell is the master of writing this way, but this book is his best at it so far.    I had no clue; I could not even guess.  Well I did guess, but I knew right away that I was wrong.    The Request is a book that is guaranteed to keep you guessing from the beginning to the end.  

How do you go about not helping a friend who was there for you when your dad died, when you got married, and throughout other important events in your life?  You cannot.   That is what Ryan decides and what a decision that is.   He had no clue all that his friend, Blake, was up to.   I got to the point that I was not sure if Blake would ever come clean with all that was happening in his life and how all of those happenings would affect Ryan and the others around him.  

The Request is a book that even when finished will stay with you.  While reading, I kept thinking about what I had read and trying to put it all together to figure out what would be happening next.  Now that I am finished, I keep thinking about it. 

I have already discussed it with my book friends that they have to read this book, that I need to know if they figured it all out easier than I did.   If you love a good mystery, a good who-dun-it, and a good story with twists and turns or turns and twists The Request is a book that you have to read.  

 **Thank you Ann-Marie Nieves at GetRed PR for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. 

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Blessed with a high emotional IQ, Phinn Reed enters the world with the promise of finding his soul mate. With heaven’s memories erased, his romantic quest teaches him that the heart often sees clearer than the eyes—and that not everyone has ordered the same items from The Menu. Evidence that love stories come in many different forms, The Menu is a spiritual journey involving more than just a man and a woman; it is a modern-day tale that reaches far beyond the boundaries of reason.

My Thoughts…

Have you ever read Steven Manchester?  If this is your first book or you are a true fan, like me, you will love The Menu.    Before each person starts their lives they have a meeting with God to choose what will be important to them, which characteristics in life they want to embody, and then as they live their lives God helps them embrace those characteristics.    Choosing their characteristics doesn’t mean their lives are easy, with each choice they make there is anguish or hurt they must endure to find the good.   

As I read The Menu, I wondered what I would have chosen.   Am I reaching the goals that I set for myself before I was even born?     Has the pain I have experienced given me the opportunities to make myself a better person?   

In true Steven Manchester style he has enlightened me, he has made me think, and he has made me feel.    Steven has given me characters that touched my heart, a storyline that made me feel, and a book that I will remember.

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Suppose you wake up one morning to find yourself dead. You can see yourself clearly in the mirror, and feel the same as you did the day before. But today is the day of your funeral. What do you do?

This was Henry’s dilemma. Henry decides he can’t possibly be dead, so he sets out to prove he is alive. Then, he discovers that Rita, a product demonstrator at the supermarket, can see him.

Even with the help of Rita, proving you’re not dead was harder than Henry imagined, but when Henry discovered that he was murdered, the question was why and by whom?


My Thoughts…

I have read many Lynda Renham books and have loved them all.   The Day Henry Died is a different type of story than I have read of hers before.   I still loved it.   I actually could not stop reading it during a time that not much has kept my attention.    The story was easy to read, the characters were fun to learn about, and the plot was unique and fun.  

Henry is dead.  He still thinks he is alive and becomes friends with Rita while trying to figure out what the was going on in his life.   Why is Rita the only one who can hear him and help him?  I never figured it out until the end.    I loved that I had no clue why Henry was living as he was.   Lynda Renham did a great job at dropping slight clues into the story but she never gave the ending away until the book was over.

Pick up this book, lose yourself in a fun storyline, and meet the quirky characters of The Day Henry Died.  

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