Title: Down Too Deep
Author: J. Daniels
Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
Publication Date: October 8, 2019
Down Too Deep will hit you with all the feels. Nate lost his wife and is struggling to get himself together. He has a little girl named Marley and he isn’t sure how to navigate raising this little girl on his own. After his wife’s passing he shut himself off and lost himself in his work.
Life is about to be changed dramatically when single mom Jenna walks into his restaurant. She has 8 year old twins, Oliver and Olivia. Jenna steps up to help Nate take care of his little girl while he works and these families slowly start to blend and function phenomenally well together.
This was just the sweetest love story, but not solely because of the romantic love. They fall hard for each other’s families and it is absolutely the most heartwarming story. I flew through this one and quickly became a huge fan of J. Daniels. After finishing this story, I went on to binge read the rest of the Dirty Deeds series.
Thank you Netgalley and Forever publishing for my copy. All opinions are my own.
Title: Perfect Strangers
Author: J.T. Geissinger
Publisher: J.T. Geissinger, Inc
Pub Date: October 1, 2019
This story hooked me quickly! I was obsessed with Olivia and James. They had fantastic chemistry and I couldn’t get enough of them. It was super steamy.
This story was full of surprises. I feel like this is a hard one to review. At one point in the story I wasn’t sure if I would be able to finish it, but I’m so glad I stuck with it. I ended up really enjoying it.
This story was very meta. It was really interesting and I like the path it took even if I briefly was infuriated. It evoked such strong emotions because I was so invested in the characters. I’m going to include a synopsis so you can get a feel for this read and so I can keep it spoiler free.
Author Olivia Rossi hasn’t been able to write a word since tragedy struck two years ago and ripped her world apart. Heartbroken and still haunted by the past, she accepts an offer to spend the summer at a friend’s apartment in Paris in search of healing and her lost muse.
What she finds instead is James, an enigmatic stranger who ignites in her an unexpected and all-consuming passion.
Agreeing to tell each other nothing more than their first names, Olivia and James embark on a torrid affair. But the more time they spend together, the more Olivia begins to realize her summer fling is turning into a powerful connection…and that the magnetic man she’s falling in love with might not be what he seems at all.
Thank you @socialbutterflypr for my copy. All opinions are my own.
Title: The Accidental Life Swap
Author: Jennifer Joyce
Publisher: HQ Digital
Pub Date: September 1, 2019
The Accidental Life Swap turned out to be quite the charming story. Rebecca works as a PA for Vanessa Whitely of Vanessa Whitely Events. Vanessa is a difficult boss. She’s brash and doesn’t value her employees. Rebecca has a degree in Events Management, but Vanessa only sees her for her organizational skills and ability to run her errands. Vanessa bought a home in a small town out in the country that was in need of restoration. Rebecca is more of a people-pleaser and not used to sticking up for herself, so when Vanessa sends her to oversee the remainder of the remodeling there is no push back.
The first day on site, Rebecca is mistaken for Vanessa among the work crew. She doesn’t correct the mistake since everyone is a little intimidated by Vanessa, and thus the accidental life swap is in full swing. Rebecca is able to be more assertive by hiding behind her borrowed identity. She didn’t foresee the falsehood causing any real trouble until she falls in love with the town and it’s people.
This story really was charming. The pacing was a bit slow. It took a little while to fully get into it. It felt like a lot of the story was just following Rebecca and her inner monologue. I would have liked a little more interaction and dialogue with the community. The love story was cute, but I would have liked to have seen a bit more chemistry other than them just bantering over their fiercely competitive nature when it comes to board games. Overall, if you enjoy a cute non-steamy romance then this was a good one.
Thank you Netgalley and HQ Digital for my review copy. All opinions are my own.
Title: Deception (Dumont #1)
Author: Karina Halle
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Publishing Date: August 6, 2019
Links: Goodreads, Amazon
Rating: 5 ⭐️
Sadie Reynolds is a college student that was previously traveling around Europe with her boyfriend. She found out he had been cheating on her. They part ways and she is on her own. On her way to catch a train to Barcelona she is mugged and a passing car stops to help her. Help comes in the form of a sexy, rich Frenchman, Olivier Dumonte. This pair has an instant connection.
These characters are layered and there are personal struggles that each character must work through. Sadie is not ready to take a chance on what they have. She is comfortable with where she is in life. Olivier has a lot of family dramas going on in his life. Some of it creates trouble for Sadie and Olivier.
There are some fantastic, steamy scenes. The story kept me entertained. I loved all of the secrets, drama, and intrigue. I kept trying to anticipate where the story was going and I couldn’t do it. It was a great read.
I can’t wait for more of the Dumont family. Karina Halle never disappoints.
Thank you to Social Butterfly PR and Netgalley for my advanced readers copy. All opinions are my own.
Happy Saturday, book friends! I was tagged by Jess and Teagan at Fiction No Chaser . Go check out their blog if you haven’t yet because it’s fantastic!
- Link back to me so I can see everyone’s answers! (Delightful Narratives)
- Also link back to the person who tagged you!
- Name one book for each category; try not to repeat books to make this more fun!
- Tag at least 5 people
A LIBRARY BOOK
I went to the library this week and came home with a nice, little bookstack. I picked up The Death of Mrs. Westaway, Beartown (my current read), The Burned Page, Dear Mrs. Bird, I Am I Am I Am, and Fruit of the Drunken Tree
A BOOK I GOT AS A GIFT
A CHILDHOOD BOOK
Dear American Series
A MAGICAL BOOK
Throne of Glass – I’m just obsessed with Sarah J. Maas!!!
A ROMANTIC BOOK
Daughter of Smoke and Bone – A love that defies societal norms. A little Shakespearean with a hate that spans the ages (Romeo and Juliet)
A STEAMY BOOK
A Court of Mist and Fury – Oh definitely! This entire series really!
AN OLD BOOK
A 1950’s set of Sherlock Holmes books that were my husband’s grandmother’s.
A BOOK THAT MAKES ME HAPPY/LAUGH
Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me? – I just love Mindy Kaling!
A BOOK THAT MADE ME EMOTIONAL
A BOOK WITH AN ENDING I DISLIKE
Allegiant, for sure. I stopped reading and didn’t even finish the last little bit. I was so mad.
A BOOK I WISH HAD ILLUSTRATIONS
The Hush, Hush Series.
A BOOK OR GENRE I LOVE TO READ WHEN IT’S RAINING
I don’t really have a preference. It’s just nice to be stuck inside reading sometimes. Sitting on the sofa with a warm blanket and drinking some hot chocolate.
As always, no obligation on tags EVER! Just have fun.
Book: Where the Crawdads Sing
Author: Delia Owens
Delia Owens created a beautiful, breathtaking debut novel. This is one of the most wonderfully crafted mysteries I’ve ever read. Meet Kya, also referred to as the Marsh Girl. You are brought alongside Kya as she grows from a young, timid, little girl into a woman shadowed by prejudice and hardship. This book flashes back and forth from past to present time setting. In this small North Carolina town, one of its other well known residents, Chase Andrews is found dead. Delia developed magnificent character foils. Where Kya is known for being the poor outcast; Chase is the star quarterback whose family is well off and has a prominent business within the community.
This book explores prejudice, racism, love, loss, and the human condition. Reading this story was an extremely visceral experience. I could feel the magnitude of Kya’s isolation. These characters are very well developed and the plot flows expertly.
Still Life by Louise Penny takes place in a charming, little town in the middle of nowhere called Three Pines. In this small town, everyone knows everyone and no one feels compelled to lock their doors. That is until one of the residents is found dead under suspicious circumstances. We follow along as Detective Gamache unravels the mystery and reveals various secrets throughout this idyllic community. Everyone has secrets and through this investigation we get to know the townspeople.
This was the perfect, cozy mystery to transition into fall reading. Detective Gamache is likable and doesn’t come off as overly arrogant. His tactics allowed for the citizens of Three Pines to feel like they were apart of his investigations and allowed for them to be a bit more forthcoming with information. Penny’s writing creates some great imagery. How can you not enjoy her writing with lines like, “Gamache enjoyed watching Beauvoir indulge his flamboyant side, and this was about as flamboyant as Beauvoir got. A dramatic pause.” I don’t know, but something about that dramatic pause really had me visualizing their conversation. It added depth to that character. Her verbiage had me laughing at times. It was extremely descriptive. One of my other favorite lines being, “She consulted the yellowing rolodex in her head.” I love the way she describes this characters age to her readers without outright mentioning her age. I adored her writing style.
Is it just me or does anyone else bite hard on the red herrings? They get me every time. Hook, line, and sinker. I one hundred percent have myself convinced that I know what the ending will be and I am always wrong. Flat-out wrong. Oh well, even though I was wrong I love the surprise I get when the big reveal takes place. If you enjoy this genre you will adore this book. It was a delightful read and I can’t wait to continue the series.