Weekly Update

In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

1 thing this week:

  • Well, as this posts, I will be driving to a five hour and forty minute proctored exam to become certified to do… the job I already have. I’m not too nervous about the exam, but not really looking forward to sitting in a locked room for so long. It will definitely be time to celebrate when it’s done!

Song of the week:

This is a sad song and I’m not sad, but I do love this whole album so much.

How was your week? What’s the best thing you read or listened to? Anything interesting happening in your life? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten hidden gems in Kindle Unlimited

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today is all about hidden gems, and because I’m cheap, I decided to go with ten hidden gems in Kindle Unlimited.  Did you know that you don’t have to pay for KU to get the benefits?  Every Prime member gets one free KU book per month.  That’s twelve free books per year!

Without further ado, here are ten great books that are currently available on Kindle Unlimited.  (Unfortunately, I can’t guarantee that they will always be available, as it’s up to each author/publisher.)

The Foxe & The Hound ⭐ More Than Music ⭐ Anything You Can Do

Truth or Beard ⭐ Slightly Stalky ⭐ Hooked ⭐ Kaleidoscope Hearts

My Best Friend’s Brother ⭐ Stiff ⭐ Roommates

Do you use Kindle Unlimited?  If so, what have been your favorite books?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I loved more than I expected

Happy Top Ten Tuesday!  I actually forgot to post this last week, and I even had everything all ready to go!  Luckily for me, this week is a TTT hiatus, so I have another chance to post it.

Anyway, this topic is all about books that I loved more than I thought I would.  There was an option to do books that I disliked, but I figured I’ve talked about those enough!  I tried to go back in time since I feel like I’m always raving about the same few books.  I went way back to 2013 for this one, so I hope you enjoy!

Please feel free to send me any books that you’ve enjoyed more than expected and I’ll add them to my TBR!

The Help by Kathryn Stockett: I have a documented problem with bestsellers.

Margot by Jillian Cantor: Historical fiction about the Holocaust, however important it may be, is not my favorite topic.

In the Blood by Lisa Unger: I don’t read a lot of thrillers and I really like kids, so I don’t generally enjoy books about creepy children.

Stiff by BB Hamel: This was the first stepbrother romance I ever read and I honestly did not expect to like it even one bit.

Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan: If I’m honest, I don’t generally love memoirs. Especially memoirs from people I’ve never even heard of before. But this was surprisingly good and it read like fiction, which helped a lot.

Marie Antoinette’s Head by Will Bashor: Although I was a huge fan of Sofia Coppola’s film about her life, Marie Antoinette’s hairdresser does not top my list of interests.

Lust is the Thorn by Jen McLaughlin: I really just requested this book for kicks, but even though I went to thirteen years of Catholic school and have never thought of a priest sexually before, this book was HOT!

The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland by Rebekah Crane: As a rule, I’m generally skeptical of anything from Kindle First, but this book was honestly really great.

Seventh Heaven by Alice Hoffman: I only read this book because I needed something published in 1990 for 2015’s reading challenge and it was enchanting.

The Void Series by Peter F. Hamilton: I don’t read a lot of epic fantasy – like the real kind that spans universes and millennia – but Hamilton is one of my boyfriend’s favorite authors and I can clearly see why.

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You could probably call 2016 the year that I expanded my reading horizons.  Earlier this year, I read (and actually enjoyed) a romance that featured a priest as the hero.  Now I’ve read (and actually enjoyed) one of the inexplicably popular stepbrother romances.

I get it, okay.  Stepsiblings aren’t actually related. There’s nothing actually wrong with a relationship.  But it’s still forbidden.  And I wasn’t sure if I could get over it.  But much like I got over the squick factor with the priest romance, I got over it here.  And oh boy.  It was hot.

Laney hasn’t had a lot of contact with her father since she started college, but she never expected to find out that he’d gotten married since she’d moved out.  Laney dreams of working for the FBI, and although she isn’t thrilled to give up her independence to come home for the summer, she can’t turn down the opportunity to work with her new stepbrother, a former FBI agent.

Easton left the FBI after getting too wrapped up in a serial killer’s case.  He now works as a private investigator in his hometown, but most of his cases now have more to do with cheating spouses than grisly murders.  Hardly able to pay his bills and unwilling to accept financial help from his mother, he grudgingly accepts the offer of free help in the form of his (probably annoying) new stepsister.

Turns out that Laney and Easton know each other.  Not in any real way, but they went to the same high school.  Easton was that unattainable, perfect upperclassman when Laney was young.  The one that was good at everything and fit in with everybody.  But now he’s burned out.  He’s grumpy.  He’s always hungover.  But he’s drop-dead sexy.  And he gets a kick out of flirting with his new stepsister.

It’s not long before sparks start flying.  Laney and Easton can’t keep their hands off of each other, even though they know that it’s wrong.  Then a serial killer from Easton’s past reappears, and his obvious affection for his stepsister becomes a real threat.  He left the FBI because a case went wrong, only to find that it’s still following him.  Can he keep Laney safe?  Can he solve the mystery?

I think one of the things that made this book so great was the mystery that always loomed in the background.  Yes, the relationship between Laney and Easton was a major part of it, but it wasn’t all that was going on.  The case gave them a reason (other than their attraction alone) to get close, and it provided something to break up their sexual tension and eye-popping stares.

That and the fact that this book was really well-written lead me a rating of a solid four stars.

Final rating: ★★★★☆