The Sunday Post #32

Good morning readers! I had something come up last week and it really put me in a such a down mood. I didn’t really read any of the books I’m in the middle of. And I barely even listened to the audiobook I have going. Annnnnd I haven’t been on social media either. All I’ve been doing is watching TV and laying in bed (after work of course). This set back has put my challenges on the super slow track. Hopefully this upcoming week I can get it together and make a dent in some of my reading……

Posts From Last Week:
WWW Wednesday – September 15, 2021

Mailbox Goodies: None.

This is My Amazon Wishlist if you feel so inclined to send me something.

Library Haul: I dropped off my overdue library books and didn’t even go in to browse. I have the last Michael Bennett series book on my shelf and that’s it.

Next Week On The Blog: No plans at the time of writing up this post.

Find me on Instagram and Bloglovin’

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog. 

WWW Wednesday – September 15, 2021

The three W’s are: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you plan to read next?

I’m about to start the last book in the Michael Bennett series, The Russian by James Patterson, and once it’s complete I will be up to date on the series. Phew!

I’m also about halfway through the book Red by T.L. Smith. I’m reading dark romance erotic books for Smutember and I am liking this series so far.

Speaking of Smutember, I found these very short novellas (each are only 13 pages long). The first book had promise but the rest were so terrible. Terribly written and the story was so forced forward it was insane. The last book ended on a cliffhanger so I’m sure the story will continue but I am over it at this point.

Kiersten Modglin personally sent me her newest ARC, Widow Falls. It publishes at the end of September so I am prioritizing it to be read next week.

I saw King by T.M. Frazier on Smutok Booktok lol, and it was free on Amazon so I grabbed it and plan to read it once I finish the Black series.

Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments!

*Note: all quotes are synopsis’ from Goodreads website*

The Sunday Post #31

Good morning readers! It’s been a minute since I posted on Sunday. School started, as did my work (I’m a lunch lady), so it’s been crazy around here! I’m happy for a weekend where we aren’t too busy!

My reading has been okay, even with school starting up. I’ve been doing audiobooks more than anything else, but am also reading on my Kindle app before bed. I am reading smutty books for Smutember, a challenge I saw on TikTok.

Posts From Last Week:
August 2021 Monthly Wrap Up
Recap: 20 Books of Summer 21 Challenge
WWW Wednesday – September 8, 2021
Blog Tour: Dirty Little Secrets by Elise Noble


Mailbox Goodies: The only bookmail I have received in awhile is my BOTM blue box.

This is My Amazon Wishlist if you feel so inclined to send me something.

Library Haul: I seriously have not been to the library in FOREVER!!!!! These are the only two books I have in my possesion. I am almost done with the Michael Bennett series (books 12 & 13). I think once I am done with the series I’ll make a trip there!

Next Week On The Blog: No plans at the time of writing up this post.

Find me on Instagram and Bloglovin’

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog. 

Blog Tour: Dirty Little Secrets by Elise Noble

Blog tour time! Today I am sharing a brand new romantic suspense book called Dirty Little Secrets by Elise Noble (@elise_noble on Instagram)! Elise has quite a few books out, but this is the first in a brand new series surrounding Baldwin’s Shore, a small town with not so small secrets. 

Welcome to Baldwin’s Shore, the small town where everybody has a secret…

Brooke Bartlett is no exception. She’s been in love with her brother’s best friend for half her life, her dirty little secret. With Luca on the other side of the world, the temptation stayed out of reach, but now he’s back, and he’s not the only one. Brooke’s stalker is watching from the shadows, and he’s got his own ideas about her future…

Luca Mendez’s time in the army taught him two lessons—that to survive, he has to shoot straight and guard his heart. But when the woman he turned down all those years ago asks him for help, he finds he’ll do anything to see her smile again.

Enter the giveaway and grab your copy: https://www.elise-noble.com/dirty-little-secrets/

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WWW Wednesday – September 8, 2021

The three W’s are: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you plan to read next?

I’m back on the Michael Bennett series train. I read book 10 in a day and a half! Now on to book 11, Ambush by James Patterson.

“An anonymous tip about a crime in Upper Manhattan proves to be a set-up, taking an officer down-and it’s not Michael Bennett.

The life of New York’s top cop is not the only one at risk. One of Bennett’s children sustains a mysterious injury. And a series of murders follows, each with a distinct signature, alerting Bennet to the presence of a professional killer.

Investigators chase leads that turn out to be phantoms, and this master killer entices one officer into compromising Bennett. He then goes a step further, luring another member of Bennett’s family into even graver danger. Michael Bennett can’t untangle what’s driving the assassin-but he can tell it’s personal. And he needs to determine exactly how he figures in the killer’s logic, before there is one fewer Bennett in the world.”

On Booktok I saw the Smutember challenge and since I didn’t have a September challenge going I figured why not. I have been getting into the dark romance / erotic novels this year, so my TBR on that front has been piling up like crazy. I heard good things about The Wild by K Webster so that’s where I am gonna start.


“I brought them to the wilderness because we couldn’t cope with our reality.
The plan was to make a new life that didn’t include heartache. No people. No technology. No interference. Just us. A chance to piece together what was broken. But the wilderness is untamed and harsh. Brutal and unforgiving.
It doesn’t give a damn about your feelings. Tragedy lives there too.
No escaping the truths that won’t let you go. All you can do is survive where love, no matter how beastly, is the only thing you can truly count on. Confusing. Wrong. Twisted. Beautiful. Sick. Love is wild. And we’re going to set it free.”

Black by T.L. Smith was recommended to me for Smutember and I got this one on my Kindle app. I’m about 30% in by the time I was writing up this post and I’m really liking it. Not too much has happened but you can feel the build up.

“I am loyal, but I will betray you.
I am strong, but I have scars.
I am an angel, but the devil.
I met her when I was sixteen and she was a breath of fresh air. She swooped in, making me smile. But then she left, taking my next breath with her.
Her smile could light up a room, making my black heart pitter patter.
I found her again ten years later, with a syringe in her arm.
Blood coming from between her legs.
She was broken and I was glad she was broken. She wouldn’t think less of me and my damaged ways.”

Since the last time I posted, these are the novels I finished.

The Damage by Caitlin Wahrer book is thick, so I ended up listening to the audiobook that I borrowed from my library. And it did not disappoint! I was strangely hooked from the get go. And I feel like this was different than my usual thriller type books. This was multiple points of view but it was laid out nicely that it wasn’t confusing or messy. I liked the ending and wasn’t even mad how it all worked out. Four stars on Goodreads!

“Tony has always looked out for his younger brother, Nick. So when he’s called to a hospital bed where Nick is lying battered and bruised after a violent attack, his protective instincts flare, and a white-hot rage begins to build.

Nick didn’t ask for any of this. One moment he was partying at college; the next, he was at the center of an investigation threatening to tear not only him, but his entire family, apart. The real trouble? He can’t remember a thing about what happened at the bar that night. And now his attacker, out on bail, is disputing Nick’s version of what happened.

Tony’s wife, Julia, always knew that her husband’s younger brother would be a huge part of their lives. As a a small-town New England lawyer, she works with kids like Nick all the time. She is determined to use her professional connections and keen intellect to make the best possible case for Nick. When Detective Rice gets assigned to the case, Julia feels they’re in good hands. Especially because she senses that Rice, too, understands how things can quickly get complicated. Very complicated.

As Julia tries to help her brother-in-law, she sees Tony’s desire for revenge growing by the day. She wants justice for Nick, too, but Tony’s preoccupation is scaring her. And before long, she finds herself asking: does she really know what her husband is capable of? Or of what she herself is?

Exploring elements of doubt, tragedy, suspense, and justice, The Damage is an all-consuming read that marks the explosive debut of an extraordinary new writer.”

I am behind on my ReadChristie2021 challenge, and with And Then There Were None being my favorite Queen of Mystery novel, I decided to read it as my August book (theme: a novel that takes place by the seaside). On Scribd the audiobook is available, and since it’s read by Dan Stevens I went that route with it this read around. I gave it five stars again!

“First, there were ten—a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a little private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they’re unwilling to reveal—and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. A famous nursery rhyme is framed and hung in every room of the mansion:

“Ten little boys went out to dine; One choked his little self and then there were nine. Nine little boys sat up very late; One overslept himself and then there were eight. Eight little boys traveling in Devon; One said he’d stay there then there were seven. Seven little boys chopping up sticks; One chopped himself in half and then there were six. Six little boys playing with a hive; A bumblebee stung one and then there were five. Five little boys going in for law; One got in Chancery and then there were four. Four little boys going out to sea; A red herring swallowed one and then there were three. Three little boys walking in the zoo; A big bear hugged one and then there were two. Two little boys sitting in the sun; One got frizzled up and then there was one. One little boy left all alone; He went out and hanged himself and then there were none.”

When they realize that murders are occurring as described in the rhyme, terror mounts. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. Who has choreographed this dastardly scheme? And who will be left to tell the tale? Only the dead are above suspicion.”

Only four months left to finish the rest of the Michael Bennett series. I took a break from it in the summer, but now I’m picking it back up. Haunted (Michael Bennett #10) by James Patterson was as good as the others. I’m really enjoying this series as a whole.

“Detective Michael Bennett and his family are ready to escape New York for a vacation in Maine-but a shocking scene deep in the woods reveals a dark world of drugs and murder.

Haunted by guilt and shame, Michael Bennett is living with a father’s worst nightmare. Reeling from a crisis that would destroy lesser families, the Bennetts escape New York for a much-needed vacation. But it turns out the brochures don’t tell the full story; the seemingly perfect community has a deadly vice.
When local cops uncover a grisly crime scene buried deep in the woods, they consult the vacationing Bennett, who jumps at the chance to atone for his own sins. But far from the city streets he knows so well, no one will talk to the big-city detective, and the bodies keep piling up.

A young and forgotten girl is the closest thing Bennett has to a partner in his frantic hunt for the ghostlike perpetrator behind the violence. Will Bennett and his unlikely ally unmask the culprit before anyone else winds up haunted?”

The New Home by Chris Merritt I received from Netgalley. It took me two weeks to get through this book… it was a mess, in my opinion. It had potential but lacked almost everything I like in a thriller novel. The characters were annoying, I guessed two pretty big parts of the book way too early and the twist wasn’t anything special. I gave it two stars on Goodreads and moved on with my life.

“Freya loves her new home on a quiet suburban street. And her beautiful neighbour Emily is everything she’s ever wanted in a best friend. Finally, she has somebody to share her secrets with over a glass of wine. But as Freya watches her new friend setting the table for dinner one evening, she sees something shocking that makes her think that Emily’s life might not be as perfect as it seems. Days later, Emily and her daughter vanish…

When you meet Emily’s husband, you will think you know what he’s hiding.

You will ask yourself whether Emily and Freya really did meet by chance.

You will think you know what happened to Emily and her little girl the night they went missing.

But when you discover the truth, it will shake you to your core and you will lie awake at night wondering if you can ever really trust the people in the house next door…”

Edelweiss FINALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLY approved me for a book. A children’s book that’s 18 pages long of course. I did request it because I am a gamer and figured if I was approved I’d read it in two minutes and throw a review up there. It would look good for my profile…. I’m thinking like Netgalley or something. Anyway, Baby Gamer: Video Game by Anne Elder was a super cute baby book, and really bright, fun graphics on the pages, and I’d recommend it to parents who play video games.


Gonna find myself some more erotic smutty books for September and read those. And I’m sure I will sprinkle in a BOTM read and a Netgalley also. Kinda winging it but kinda planning lol.

Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments!

*Note: all quotes are synopsis’ from Goodreads website*

Recap: 20 Books of Summer 21 Challenge

I signed up for this challenge last summer and didn’t read as many books as I would of liked. This year I was determined to read a ton of books this summer, and I have been reading at least seven books a month as it was, so I signed up for reading the 20 books. Yes, I know I do monthly recaps at the beginning of the following month, but I wanted to share all of these books for the challenge in one post.

These are the audiobooks I read from June 1 – September 1, 2021:

These are the ebooks I read from June 1- September 1, 2021:

These are the physical books I read from June 1 – September 1, 2021:

Total read: 32 books! I freaking SMASHED my goal!!!!!

August 2021 Monthly Wrap Up

My August reading seemed to start off slow, picked up in the middle, and then became real slow towards the end. I did go on a mini vacation, as well as very busy on the weekends with my family, and then I had a birthday on the 29th, so I’m pretty sure all that contributed to it.

I did read/listen to ten books this month!

2021 Audiobook ChallengeBlog/Instagram ~ 40/25
Beat The Backlist 2021 ChallengeBlog/Instagram ~ 49/50
2021 Goodreads Yearly ChallengeGoodreads ~ 74/75
Finishing The Series ChallengeBlog/Instagram ~ 11/10
Netgalley/Edelweiss ChallengeBlog ~ 13/10
Read Christie 2021Blog ~ 6/12
What’s In A Name ChallengeBlog ~ 2/6

With trying to stick with the BOTM catch up, I went deep into my stack and pulled out Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear. It was available to listen to from my library so I went that route with it. And it was just an okay story. It kept my interest but I wasn’t fully invested into what was going on.

I was given the ARC of The Cottage by Lisa Stone via Netgalley. It was a weird read, and I will have my review posted up on the blog on publication day in November. I did give it a very generous three stars on Goodreads, but I probably should of made it two stars. Oh well I’m leaving it.

Another BOTM book that I did the audio of! I’ve been hearing great things about The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave, and wanted to prioritize it to the top of my pile. And it was a great read/listen for me. Yes, a little bit of the story seemed to be far fetched and left field-ish, but overall I was hooked in and wanted to see how the whole story turned out. Four stars on Goodreads!

Netgalley had approved me for The Shadows by Alex North around the same time I chose it for a BOTM read. So I listened to it. And what a let down! I did not like this book at all!

On Instagram I saw that Unmarked by Renee Rose was free to get off of Amazon so I went ahead and pretty much bought it because of the cover and quick synopsis I saw on the Gram. It was a novella about two wolves who are out looking for their mate, who is the same person. They share a mate in the type of wolf pack they are in. Now, I am normally not into paranormal romances but this one was steamy as hell, wooooooooooooaaah! Four stars!

Fable of Happiness Book 2 by Pepper Winters was just a continuation of the first book, which ended in a cliffhanger. I was along for the ride by then. But this story is getting on my nerves. I understand that there are only two characters in the story so you are literally reading their inner monologue for 95% of the time, but OMG it was so annoying with the incessant repeating of the same thing over and over again. Half the time the characters aren’t even in the same room… what the hell kind of story is this?! I gave this one a generous three stars of Goodreads.

Netgalley approved me for The Guilt Trip by Sandie Jones on audiobook. I am enjoying listening to this one, but the story seems a little slow to me. At around the 40% mark nothing too wild has happened. You can feel the build up though and I like that. Sometimes slow burns annoy me, but this one has kept my interest.

Book three in the Hearts series, Untamed by M. O’Keefe, I read to wrap up the trilogy that I enjoyed. It was fine, it wrapped up everything with a nice bow and everyone got their HEA… I gave it three stars on Goodreads because it was a nice quick read.

Keeping up with the BOTM stack I have, I borrowed the audiobook of The Damage from my library and listened. This was a heavy book, and the end was perfect! Four stars!

I did a quick listen of And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie thanks to Scribd. It was a reread and I still enjoyed it very much. Five stars again!

Some of the stats are off because I said I was physically reading a book while I was actually doing the audiobook of a book I own (And Then There Were None for example).

I read 1,788 pages. I listened to books for 38.2 hours.

The Sunday Post #30

Good morning readers! TODAY is my 38th Birthday! I’m going to enjoy every minute of this day, because I go back to work on Thursday and I am absolutely not ready. Not at all. Anyway, I’m sure the hubby and kids will spoil me to no end today and they are all that matter to me. I’ll worry about work stuff tomorrow, lol.

My reading has felt slower since I got back from vacation, but it probably really wasn’t. I have an audiobook going in the morning before the kids wake up, I am reading a Netgalley on my Kindle app before bed, and I started a physical book on the drive to vacation last week so I am reading a new pages at a time in it. I am trying to get as many books in before my summer reading challenge is over (September 1) so I am planning to go strong till the end.

Posts From Last Week:

My blogging, along with all my other social media, has taken a back seat (like it normally does) in the summer. If you need to reach me quickly, it’s best to DM me on Instagram!

Mailbox Goodies: I received a book in the mail from Novel Suspects!

I have never read any book written by Michael Connelly, but the synopsis sounds so good! I’m excited to get into this one! Goodreads says it’s book four in the Renee Ballard series but I’m sure it’ll be fine if I didn’t read the other books beforehand.

Novel Suspects mailed me another book. I wasn’t expecting it since I got the book above. I figured you check off the books you’re interested in and then they just give you one or the other. I plan to read this one later on this year (more near publication date) but it sounds so good so it may get moved up to sooner.

This is My Amazon Wishlist if you feel so inclined to send me something.

Library Haul: Forever ago I picked up the rest of the Michael Bennett series (books 10 – 13) from the library when I made a random trip there. They are still the only library books I have in my possession. (They were put on the back burner because I am on a BOTM kick and Netgalley catch up). They are almost due back so I have to figure out what I am gonna do.

Next Week On The Blog: No plans at the time of writing up this post.

Find me on Instagram and Bloglovin’

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog. 

WWW Wednesday – August 25, 2021

The three W’s are: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you plan to read next?

The Damage by Caitlin Wahrer was my BOTM choice for August (because it was my birthday month I received an add on for free). For once I am trying to read the book I chose in the month I chose it, haha! I’ve been hearing good things about this one so I moved it up the list and started it last night.

When a small-town family is pushed to the brink, how far will they go to protect one of their own? A propulsive, gets-under-your-skin read about what we will do in the name of love and blood

Tony has always looked out for his younger brother, Nick. So when he’s called to a hospital bed where Nick is lying battered and bruised after a violent attack, his protective instincts flare, and a white-hot rage begins to build.

Nick didn’t ask for any of this. One moment he was partying at college; the next, he was at the center of an investigation threatening to tear not only him, but his entire family, apart. The real trouble? He can’t remember a thing about what happened at the bar that night. And now his attacker, out on bail, is disputing Nick’s version of what happened.

Tony’s wife, Julia, always knew that her husband’s younger brother would be a huge part of their lives. As a a small-town New England lawyer, she works with kids like Nick all the time. She is determined to use her professional connections and keen intellect to make the best possible case for Nick. When Detective Rice gets assigned to the case, Julia feels they’re in good hands. Especially because she senses that Rice, too, understands how things can quickly get complicated. Very complicated.

As Julia tries to help her brother-in-law, she sees Tony’s desire for revenge growing by the day. She wants justice for Nick, too, but Tony’s preoccupation is scaring her. And before long, she finds herself asking: does she really know what her husband is capable of? Or of what she herself is?

Exploring elements of doubt, tragedy, suspense, and justice, The Damage is an all-consuming read that marks the explosive debut of an extraordinary new writer.”

The New Home by Chris Merritt is a Netgalley read, and I want to try to catch up with my Netgalley’s again. I had taken a small break from it (not intentionally) and I want to make sure I get a few in each month. This is my first Merritt read and so far it’s been a good one!

“Freya loves her new home on a quiet suburban street. And her beautiful neighbour Emily is everything she’s ever wanted in a best friend. Finally, she has somebody to share her secrets with over a glass of wine. But as Freya watches her new friend setting the table for dinner one evening, she sees something shocking that makes her think that Emily’s life might not be as perfect as it seems. Days later, Emily and her daughter vanish…

When you meet Emily’s husband, you will think you know what he’s hiding.

You will ask yourself whether Emily and Freya really did meet by chance.

You will think you know what happened to Emily and her little girl the night they went missing.

But when you discover the truth, it will shake you to your core and you will lie awake at night wondering if you can ever really trust the people in the house next door…”

I finished The Guilt Trip last week and my review of it was also posted onto the blog. Check it here! Link

Untamed was the third book in the Hearts series and I gave it three stars on Goodreads because it tied up the storyline with a cute little bow. I’m happy the main characters got their happily ever after and that is why I rated it in the middle.


I am literally winging which books I read next. I am on a roll with BOTM reads, I want to finish the Michael Bennett series on audio, and I am hoping to keep up with my Netgalleys…. so many book and not enough time!

Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments!

*Note: all quotes are synopsis’ from Goodreads website*

The Sunday Post #29

Good morning readers! My husband was off of work this past week, so we went on a mini getaway vacation to a small town in PA. We also went back to school clothes shopping at a big mall near where we live. August is just flying by and it’s totally bumming me out!

My reading sort of took a back seat this week… the first time this year. I’ve been so overwhelmingly busy and have barely even looked at my phone, let alone read a book. And I felt like it’s taking me forever to get through my audiobook (and audio’s normally take me three/four days) which was bothering me. It’s fine, I know, but still. I am trying to get as many books in before my summer reading challenge is over (September 1) so I don’t want my audiobooks to take almost a week to finish….

Posts From Last Week:
Audiobook: The Guilt Trip by Sandie Jones
WWW Wednesday – August 18, 2021

My blogging, along with all my other social media, has taken a back seat (like it normally does) in the summer. If you need to reach me quickly, it’s best to DM me on Instagram!

Mailbox Goodies: No mail this week!

This is My Amazon Wishlist if you feel so inclined to send me something.

Library Haul: Forever ago I picked up the rest of the Michael Bennett series (books 10 – 13) from the library when I made a random trip there. They are still the only library books I have in my possession. (They were put on the back burner because I am on a BOTM kick and Netgalley catch up). They are almost due back so I have to figure out what I am gonna do.

Next Week On The Blog: No plans at the time of writing up this post.

Find me on Instagram and Bloglovin’

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.