Books you can read on the go

Stefanie Lockwood can repair anything, except her heart—that’s still recovering.

After a brutal assault leaves Steffi with puzzling memory lapses, she returns to her coastal Connecticut hometown to rebuild her life the best way she knows how: with her hands. But starting a remodeling business with one longtime friend puts her in the middle of a rift with another. Worse, being hired by her ex-boyfriend’s mother forces her to confront old regrets.

Public defender Ryan Quinn wasn’t shocked when his wife left him, but he was floored when she abandoned their daughter. With his finances up in the air, the newly single dad returns to his childhood home in Sanctuary Sound. The last person he expects, or wants, to see working on his family house is Steffi Lockwood—his first love who shattered his heart.

Although Steffi and Ryan are different people now, dormant feelings rekindle. But when Ryan’s concern for Steffi’s mental health prompts him to dig into her past for answers, will what he learns bring them together or tear them apart for good?

Get it on: Amazon $4.99


A heart-pounding novel of unspeakable crimes and unforgivable sins from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Sound of Rain.

Homicide detective Nicole Foster has finally balanced an unsteady life and is anxious for a second chance. There’s no better place to start over than at the beginning—back at her childhood home on the Washington coast, where’s she raising her niece and keeping an eye on her increasingly fragile father. But Nicole’s past is never truly behind her—not when a disturbing new case stirs dark memories of the haunting investigation that shattered her career.

In the middle of the hottest August in a century, a toddler is found dead inside a parked car. Her father says he forgot her. It’s an unthinkable crime. And for Nicole, it’s made all the more unbearable by her own suffocating secrets—those shared by an old rival who has reappeared from the shadows and is pushing Nicole to the edge once again.

Now, wherever the truth lies, solving this case and avenging an unforgivable death is the most important move in Nicole’s career. But to see it through to the end, how far is she willing to go? And what is she prepared to risk this time?

Get it on: Amazon $5.99

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Books I can’t wait to read

The weekend is almost here and I’m looking forward to reading four books that I recently got off NetGalley. They are:

Editors. They’re the bane of freelance writers the world over. What is it that makes an editor deem one article acceptable and another not? Do the rejected pieces have weaknesses, or is it the editor’s judgement itself that’s at fault? Read Editors Can be Bastards and decide for yourself.


Wise, practical, and profitable letters to entrepreneurs, leaders, managers, and business owners in every field—from a leading executive, investor, and business founder.


I am working with Teens and so this book promises to help me “Bridge the Gap and Reach the Why Generation” and I’m all for reading it!


A Thrilling Tale of Love, Loss, and Revenge 

​Set primarily in post-WWII Israel, Lone Wolf in Jerusalem is a suspenseful, action-packed novel that is a worthy contribution to Jewish historical fiction. Using drama, adventure, and romance, Diskin has created a colorful and captivating story that entertains and educates through the exploits of main protagonist, David Gabinsky.


There you have it, so, which books are you looking forward to reading this weekend?

Have a lovely one!

The Watchmaker’s Daughter: A Short Review

The Watchmaker's Daughter (Glass and Steele Book 1) by [Archer, C.J.]

Book 1 of 6 in the Glass and Steele Series

302 pages/ Historical Fiction/Fantasy/Mystery & Thrillers

Get it now: Amazon $0.00

About the book:


India Steele is desperate. Her father is dead, her fiancee took her inheritance, and no one will employ her, despite years working for her watchmaker father. Indeed, the other London watchmakers seem frightened of her. Alone, poor, and at the end of her tether, India takes employment with the only person who’ll accept her – an enigmatic and mysterious man from America. A man who possesses a strange watch that rejuvenates him when he’s ill. Matthew Glass must find a particular watchmaker, but he won’t tell India why any old one won’t do. Nor will he tell her what he does back home, and how he can afford to stay in a house in one of London’s best streets.


I loved India’s spunk! She’s a spitfire in this book and we first meet her serving Eddie some long overdue tongue-lashing for swindling her off her inheritance. Who’s Eddie you ask? He’s the guy who promised India’s dad that he’d marry her and take care of her but instead dumps her and takes over her dad’s business, leaving her homeless, heartbroken and well…without an inheritance. Don;t you just hate that?

There were other characters too and it helps that Mr. Glass or Matthew or Matt, is just so mysterious. He does not want to share information, especially not with India and a thing or two happens and you can’t help but wish he’d be more open with her.

As the first book in the series, I loved it! 

It’s got a great pace, very prominent and well developed characters and a story-line that you would love.

My favorite lines from the book:

“Miss Steele,” he said, tearing his gaze away from the window. “I must ask you something about that exchange with Mr. Lawson. Can I, without risk of my head being bitten off?”

Things tend to fall into perspective when your life hangs in the balance.

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About the author:

C.J. Archer is the USA Today bestselling author of historical fantasy novels including THE EMILY CHAMBERS SPIRIT MEDIUM TRILOGY, the FREAK HOUSE series, the MINISTRY OF CURIOSITIES series and the GLASS AND STEELE books. She has also written historical romances set in Elizabethan England. She lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her husband, 2 children and Coco the black and white cat. Visit her website: CJARCHER C.J. Archer

Desirable Body by Hubert Haddad: A Book Review

The overriding state a reader is bound to experience with this book is confusion.

However, don’t let that deter you because if it does, then the author has succeeded in making you understand the woes of Cedric in his quest to be at peace with both his body and mind. I mean, isn’t that what most of us go through? The quest to belong, to be at peace with body, mind, soul and some even unplug from the internet, travel to India, or pick up a minimalist lifestyle, just to name a few?

This book introduces us to Cedric, but first, we meet him as Cedric Erg, the Journalist who does not like pharmaceutical companies. He detests them so much that he doesn’t mind writing or investigating about their evil ways. Then while at sea, he gets into an accident and is paralyzed from the neck down and we meet Cedric Allyn-Weberson, the son, and sole heir to the billionaire who owns a pharmaceutical company. The events that follow deal pretty much with whether Cedric will live or not and when Daddy swoops in, you bet, he’s going to demand the best for his son. (Can I just say that I loved the irony here?)

It’s the first book by Haddad that I’m reading and though it’s a translation, I’d say that I felt like I had a moment or two where I did empathize with Cedric. I did volunteer to read this book off NetGalley, because I was curious to see where it would lead me. I’ll say that if you’re a Wanderer, I’ll leave it to you to decide.

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About the author:Hubert Haddad is a Tunisian poet, playwright, short story writer and novelist. He was born in Tunis in 1947. His debut collection of poems Le Charnier déductif appeared in 1967, and his first novel Un rêve de glace was published in 1974.Image result for hubert haddad


My playlist whilst reading this book:

  • God I Look to You by Bethel Music
  • Serenade No. 13 ‘Eine Kleine Nachtmusik’ Allegro- Mozart
  • You Came (Lazarus) by Bethel Music
  • God’s Plan- Drake
  • In My Blood- Shawn Mendes
  • Nervous- Shawn Mendes
  • Revival-Eminem
  • Sorry- Beyonce

 

A short take on The Good Twin by Marti Green

Oh, this book is worthy of a CSI episode I tell you!

The Good Twin by Marti Green
Identical twins, Charly and Mallory get separated at birth, one leads a life of unending wealth and the other abject poverty, until a chance encounter brings them together.
Ben’s married to Charly but he’s had enough of the life he’s been leading and resents her and their family wealth for denying him the chance to go to law school and he wants out. He also wants to make sure that he brings Charly down while at it and the sudden appearance of her twin sister, Mallory, gives him the perfect chance to act on his plan.

I loved the format of the story and the author’s decision to give the reader the perspectives of both twins. The pace is steady and the writing simple.
However, I found Mallory to be more developed and dynamic than Charly and couldn’t help comparing the two even though it did not affect the story much.

I also love the simplicity of the cover.

Thank you NetGalley for the eARC, this was a thrill to read.

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If you’re looking for a short thriller to read, then this is the book you can cosy up to this Saturday! Have a lovely weekend.

About the author:


Aside from her kickass story-telling, well, Marti has this website you can check out for more of her works: www.martigreen.net .Visit her Goodreads Author pageMarti Green

A Princess, a Curse and a rebellion

What do you get when you have a Princess, a Curse and a Rebellion? You get Wings of Ice by G. Bailey, relax…it’s not a concoction, it’s quite a thrilling read!

Wings of Ice (Protected by Dragons, #1)

About the book:


Four Dragon Guards. Three Curses. Two Heirs. One Choice…
Forbidden love or the throne of the dragons?

Isola Dragice thought she knew what her future would bring. On her eighteenth birthday, she’d inherit the dragon throne, but one earth-shattering moment destroys everything.  As war looms heavy over Dragca, Isola is catapulted out of her pretend human life and thrust into a world, she knows little of. One life-threatening accident, when she loses control of her dragon, ends up with the whole of Dragca academy hating her. When the four most powerful dragons in history are ordered to protect her, they find themselves with an awkward problem. Her family cursed them centuries ago, relegating them to slaves of the throne and they hate all royals. Especially an ice dragon princess with no control over her powers that can kill fire dragons. Which the whole school is full of.
What happens when fire falls for Ice? 


What I think:

This is 290 pages of intrigue and everyone is out to win and rule over Dragca, but not as long as the princess, Isola, is alive. I loved the pace, the story (because dragons are my favorite mythical creatures) and where would this be without four different guys swooning over Isola?

It’s the first book in the Protected by Dragons series and what a great start to the story, because if this is how you get my attention, then I’m so hoping you keep it all through the remaining books! I can’t wait to see Isola take back what’s hers and restore order to their realm.

My favorite scene because I was definitely rooting for Elias and Isola :-), well, Dagan had me at “Kittycat” but that’s TMI for now, just get the book and read it.

“Eli,” I whisper.

“You need to rest, but that was real. That is what is between us: chemistry, magic, and fuck knows what else, but I want to find out…I’m done letting rules fuck with my mind when it comes to you, the rules of this damn curse.”

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Thanks NetGalley for the eARC, like seriously, how else would I read all those awesome books!

View more of G. Bailey’s works–> here

Buy the book on Amazon today: ebook $0.99, Paperback $9.99

My top 3 fave George retorts from The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

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Two sisters competing for the greatest prize: The love of a king

661 pages, published by Touchstone-2003
About the book:


When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of fourteen, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. Dazzled, Mary falls in love with both her golden prince and her growing role as unofficial queen. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family’s ambitious plots as the king’s interest begins to wane and she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her sister, Anne. Then Mary knows that she must defy her family and her king and take fate into her own hands.
A rich and compelling novel of love, sex, ambition, and intrigue, The Other Boleyn Girl introduces a woman of extraordinary determination and desire who lived at the heart of the most exciting and glamourous court in Europe and survived by following her heart.


I loved George in this book. He had such wit and humor even when he was hurting and felt as though family duty robbed him of his freedom.

So, here are my top three favorite George retorts!

George warns Mary about her relationship with William, he tells her:

“Then tell him to stop looking at you as if he wanted to eat you alive.”

What about the time he catches his wife, Jane Parker, eavesdropping on him and his sisters? He asks:

“You were going to knock with your ear?”

“With your nose?”

When Mary confronts him about his relationship with Sir Francis, she asks “You love him like a woman?” and George in turn responds

“Like a man…a more passionate thing by far!”

I’ve just started reading The Constant Princess and I have a feeling that I am reading these books backwards, but I’m not one to stick by the rules when reading a series 🙂