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Reader of mysteries and thrillers and WLW romances and true crime and philosophy and horror and scifi and fantasy and biography and history. I like reading.

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Haley Cass: When You Least Expect It (Paperback, 2020, Haley Cass) 5 stars

Caroline Parker knows three things to be true. First, she is going to be Boston's …

I'm absolutely loving the story but really, really struggling with the actual writing. Random commas that don't belong, possessive instead of plural words (getting cannoli's instead of getting cannolis - happens more than once so not the typo I originally thought it was), confusing uses of pronouns so after rereading a paragraph 4 or 5 times, I still have no idea who is doing what. Very frustrating.

Jae: Second Nature (Paperback, 2009, L-Book ePublisher, Brand: L-Book ePublisher) 4 stars

Review of 'Second Nature' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I'm always hesitant to listen to books that are favorites for eyeball reading. Narrators can kill all that happiness if they're either not great at it or have quality issues or are just too different from what I've imagined voices and tones sounding like.

I'm happy to report that I had a good experience with Abby Craden's narration and now have another option for my next reread. :-)

Rachel Lacey: No Rings Attached (Paperback, 2022, Montlake) 4 stars

From award-winning author Rachel Lacey comes the second installment in the Ms. Right series: a …

Review of 'No Rings Attached' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Enjoyed this one more than the first in the series. Grace and Lia were great together and Lia's demand for open and direct communication was aces! I will say that the issue at the center of Grace's troubles seemed super obvious to me and sort of set off my BS meter that in a decade, it wasn't ever considered as a possibility but, as my wife likes to remind me, it's pretend.

Rosie and Jane appear regularly in No Rings Attached but it's not necessary to have read [b:Read Between the Lines|57518631|Read Between the Lines (Ms. Right #1)|Rachel Lacey||87709765] first. My general dislike of Rosie persisted and I still like Jane. :-)

Definitely a solid offering from Ms. Lacey. I'll be taking on her very new novel, [b:She'll Steal Your Heart|58907173|She'll Steal Your Heart (Midnight in Manhattan #4)|Rachel Lacey||92813641], soon.

Aurora Rey: The Last Place You Look (Paperback, 2020, Bold Strokes Books) 2 stars

Review of 'The Last Place You Look' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

This one is an anomaly. I've really enjoyed all previous reads by Aurora Rey but this one never clicked. I mostly liked Taylor but Julia was another story. The dishonesty and non-communication issues killed it for me. It's not often I don't believe the couple would have a HEA but I don't see this one working without some couple's therapy...

Lucy Bexley: Must Love Silence (Paperback, 2020, Self published) 5 stars

What happens when a misanthrope meets the one person she doesn't want to be without? …

Review of 'Must Love Silence' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

My friend kept telling me to read this book. I think it's because she saw a similarity between Reese and me where being around people and loving silence are a big thing. I'm not gonna lie, I saw a lot of myself in Reese which made it even funnier.

Definitely a good, solid romance with humor and some angst. And while I tend to avoid books narrated by Abby Craden (not because she's not a good narrator but because, holy shit, she seems to be the only narrator for wlw books anymore and I'm just so burned out on her) but she absolutely rocked the shit out of this one. Especially Judith. I would love to see a TV series based on Judith. The Judes. Need more Judes.

Okay, if you like a good rom-com, you'll probably enjoy Must Love Silence.

Review of 'Journal Like a Stoic' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I stumbled upon the study of Stoicism just over a year ago and found it intriguing but when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I got more serious about it. Having a good grasp of what I can and cannot control became very important. Now that I'm cancer-free, I've gotten away from studying but Journal Like a Stoic is helping me to get back into the groove.

The book is broken down into two parts: first, a brief history of the philosophy so the reader is prepared for the more hands-on bits in the second part, the actual journaling prompts. I was happy with the amount of history given - not a tremendous amount - because my real interest is the journaling. Was not disappointed with the prompts, for sure. Polat shares quotes and background and then lays out the prompts which helps to keep it all in context. And …

Nicole Glover: Conductors (2020, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company) 4 stars

Review of 'Conductors' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

It took me a little while to become fully immersed in the story, and there's a lot going on with a lot of characters but, by the end, I had a good handle on who everyone was and how they were related to each other. But, wow, there's a lot going on.

I think I would have given this a 5 star rating except the motivation and plan of the Bad Guy seemed a bit of a stretch to me. I'm not giving anything away but when the reveal happened, I was left scratching my head wondering, "What? Really?"

With that said, I came to love Hetty and Benjy and their friends. I definitely want to continue with their adventures so I hope the next in the series is coming out sometime soonish.

We're discussing The Conductors on the next Cocktail Hour (10/1/22) so you can check that out if …

Fiona Riley: Beginner's Bet (Paperback, 2021, Bold Strokes Books) 3 stars

Ellison Gamble owns the most successful luxury real estate firm in Boston, but the accomplishment …

Review of "Beginner's Bet" on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

This is my first Riley book. I've heard her name for years and even picked this book up as an ARC last year but kept passing it by on my ereader in favor of something else that piqued my interest a bit more. I've been on a romance kick lately and Beginner's Bet finally grabbed me.

I was pretty sure this was going to be a 4 - 5 star review for me but as I got to the last quarter or so, a few things got in the way. The sheer perfectness of Ellison got to be too much. I mean, really, she's perfect: gorgeous, super rich, charming, generous, devoted, and a knight in shining armor for Katie. Katie is pretty awesome, too. I won't go into spoilers but Katie stopped being pretty awesome in order to create the drama in the story. Suddenly and without much thought, it …

Tracey Richardson: Ten Days in May (2022, Bella Books, Incorporated) 4 stars

Review of 'Ten Days in May' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I'm pretty sure this is the first book by Richardson that I've read. I know I've picked up at least a couple before but, for whatever reason, put them back down. I initially passed over this one when looking at releases available on NetGalley for just this reason. It was a nice surprise to be immediately pulled into the story.

While the story was good and mostly believable, it was Cam's profession that really drew me in. I had never heard of death doulas before but it makes total sense that such a thing would exist. I hope I have someone like Cam around when my time is near. And the character of Cam seemed damn near perfect - at least current Cam, not Erica-Cam.

Brooke, on the other hand, was a bit of a struggle for me to connect with. And her drastic transformation seemed a bit too drastic …

Quinn Ivins: Worthy of Love (2021, Ylva Publishing) 4 stars

An age-gap, workplace lesbian romance about learning you’re never too broken to be worthy of …

Review of 'Worthy of Love' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I avoided this one for a while because the cover makes me cringe. Yes, I love a woman of color being a protagonist and being able to see that right away but it just looks, well, not appealing to me.

But I'm glad I eventually picked it up. I started with the audio, which I loved the narrator, but ended up finishing the last half with my eyeballs.

Honestly, I mostly loved the story and the writing. I lost some of that love as the climax of the book and the final scenes rolled out but my love from before that point still made this an enjoyable read.

Back to the cover... This is the second book I've read this month that features a "curvy, full-figured" woman but the cover doesn't show it. Personally, I prefer wlw covers that don't show people at all because it's invariably going to be …