April TBR – 2022 Edition

Happy April friends! I don’t know about you, but Baltimore is already taking ‘April showers bring May flowers’ to heart. I have big plans for reading this month – remember when I said I was going to focus less on a TBR and just mood read?? Yeah, who was she because that’s over. I have so many Netgalley arcs to read that I’m so behind and my anal self just can’t handle that. I need to spend April catching up on these arcs, so I have more planned than I normally would. Thankfully work is fairly slow so I have a lot of time for reading!

I didn’t want to just read arcs this month so I did add a bunch of other books I want to read – which led to a truly crazy amount of books I have planned for April. But you know what they say – shoot for the moon and you’ll land among the stars. I already can’t wait to see how many of the below books I actually am able to read in April and if I manage to even catch up on arcs!


  1. To Marry and to Meddle (The Regency Vows #3), Martha Waters
  2. A Forgery of Roses, Jessica S. Olson
  3. Reputation, Lex Croucher
  4. The Matchbreaker Summer, Annie Rains
  5. Boss Witch (Fix-It Witches #2), Anne Aguirre
  6. The Sign for Home, Blair Fells
  7. Blaine for the Win, Robbie Couch
  8. This May End Badly, Samantha Markum
  9. Say You’ll Be My Lady (The Unconventional Ladies of Mayfair #2), Kate Pembrooke
  10. Mother of All (Women’s War #3), Jenna Glass
  11. The Discord of Gods (A Chorus of Dragons #5), Jenn Lyons
  12. Blame it on the Brontes, Annie Sereno
  13. Chef’s Kiss, TJ Alexander
  14. I Kissed Shara Wheeler, Casey McQuiston
  15. The Wedding Season, Katy Birchall
  16. The Unplanned Life of Josie Hale, Stephanie Eding
  17. The Stand-In, Lily Chu
  18. The Younger Wife, Sally Hepworth
  19. Always Jane, Jenn Bennett


  1. Not the Kind of Earl You Marry (The Unconventional Ladies of Mayfair #1), Kate Pembrooke
  2. One Last Stop, Casey McQuiston
  3. Always Only You (Bergman Brothers #2), Chloe Liese
  4. Ever After Always (Bergman Brothers #3), Chloe Liese
  5. With You Forever (Bergman Brothers #4), Chloe Liese
  6. The Deal (Off-Campus #1), Elle Kennedy
  7. The Sky Blues, Robbie Couch


  1. From Dust, a Flame, Rebecca Podos
  2. Love, Chai, and Other Four Letter Words (Chai Masala Club #1), Annika Sharma
  3. Omens (The Triad #3), Dana Isaly
  4. Dead Drop (The Guild #2), Tate James
  5. Counting Down With You, Tashie Bhuiyan
  6. When You Get the Chance, Emma Lord


  1. Royal Holiday (The Wedding Date #4), Jasmine Guillory
  2. The Final Girl Support Group, Grady Hendrix
  3. Delilah Green Doesn’t Care (Bright Falls #1), Ashley Herring Blake
  4. Party of Two (The Wedding Date #5), Jasmine Guillory

Happy reading, folks!

March Wrap Up – 2022 Edition

Already moving into April! I actually did a great job on my TBR for this month, specifically around the ARCs I wanted to read. I didn’t get through everything because my brain kept getting distracted by dark/smutty romance/reverse harems as you can probably tell but I am still proud of the books I was able to get through this month. I also had a lot of 5 stars reads this month which just further shows how great this month was for my reading.

I really got into an audiobook groove as well with mysteries/thrillers! I have been working for month on my ability to read audiobooks and I weirdly connect best with this genre in audio compared to anything else! I think it will really help me diversify my reading in terms of genre because I am much more interested in the genre when listening to it rather than ebook or physical. Don’t ask me why, I have no idea – but I’m just rolling with it. I can still read romance on audio but mysteries/thrillers really hit that sweet spot for me.

I also read some regency romances this month and that is generally not a preferred sub-genre of romance but I was sent some by publishers so I kind of had to. And I loved them. I think the more I read of them the more I connect with the story and can ignore the required sexism due to historical accuracy.

Tune in tomorrow for my April TBR!

  1. Solitary Sinners (Saint View Prison #2), Elle Thorpe – 4/5 stars
  2. Fatal Felons (Saint View Prison #3), Elle Thorpe – 4/5 stars
  3. Only When It’s Us (Bergman Brothers #1), Chloe Liese – 4/5 stars
  4. Twisted Games (Boys of Briar Hall #3), Elena Lawson – 4/5 stars
  5. Lock Every Door, Riley Sager – 4/5 stars
  6. A Far Wilder Magic, Allison Saft – 3/5 stars
  7. The Suite Spot, Trish Doller – 5/5 stars
  8. Reckless Girls, Rachel Hawkins – 3/5 stars
  9. Kamila Knows Best, Farah Heron – 3/5 stars
  10. Daughter, Kate McLaughlin – 5/5 stars
  11. Blood Scion (Blood Scion #1), Deborah Falaye – 5/5 stars
  12. Credence, Penelope Douglas – 3/5 stars
  13. Getting Clean with Stevie Green, Swan Huntley – 3/5 stars
  14. Lyric & the Heartbeats (Sweetverse #4), Lana Kole – 4/5 stars
  15. Triple Duty Bodyguards, Lily Gold – 4/5 stars
  16. Nanny for the Neighbors, Lily Gold – 4/5 stars
  17. Shared by the Billionaires, Cassie Cole – 3/5 stars
  18. A River Enchanted (Elements of Cadence #1), Rebecca Ross – 4/5 stars
  19. The Wedding Crasher, Mia Sosa – 4/5 stars
  20. Remember Me, Estelle Laure – 3/5 stars
  21. The One True Me and You, Remi K. England – 5/5 stars
  22. Final Girls, Riley Sager – 4/5 stars
  23. How to Survive a Scandal (Rebels with a Cause #1), Samara Parish – 4/5 stars
  24. How to Deceive a Duke (Rebels with a Cause #2), Samara Parish – 4/5 stars
  25. The House on Sunshine Corner (The Sunshine Corner #1), Phoebe Mills – 5/5 stars
  26. Sing Me Forgotten, Jessica S. Olson – 3/5 stars
  27. A Wedding on Sunshine Corner (The Sunshine Corner #2), Phoebe Mills – 5/5 stars
  28. A Flicker in the Dark, Stacy Willingham – 5/5 stars

Happy reading, folks!

March Haul – 2022 Edition

It’s been a few months since I did a haul post, mostly because I’ve been really inconsistent with posting on this blog in any way. But I really am working hard on coming back into this space so I need to get back into the groove. So I don’t really have much to say for this haul, except a lot of the books were provided by publishers for review.


  1. Dating Dr. Dil (If Shakespeare Was an Auntie #1), Nisha Sharma


  1. All Fired Up, Dylan Newton
  2. Falling For You (Sapphire Springs #3), Barb Curtis
  3. Summer’s Edge, Dana Mele
  4. The Younger Wife, Sally Hepworth

I don’t really buy books much anymore because a huge goal of mine for this year was to spend less on books and utilize the library more. So many of my reads are using Libby or borrowing physical and audio books from the library!

Happy reading, folks!

eARC Review – A Forgery of Roses by Jessica S. Olson

Title: A Forgery of Roses

Author: Jessica S. Olson

Publisher: Inkyard Press

Publication date: March 29th, 2022

368 pages

4/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

Myra Whitlock has a gift. One many would kill for.

She’s an artist whose portraits alter people’s real-life bodies, a talent she must hide from those who would kidnap, blackmail, and worse in order to control it. Guarding that secret is the only way to keep her younger sister safe now that their parents are gone.

But one frigid night, the governor’s wife discovers the truth and threatens to expose Myra if she does not complete a special portrait that would resurrect the governor’s dead son. Desperate, Myra ventures to his legendary stone mansion.

Once she arrives, however, it becomes clear the boy’s death was no accident. Someone dangerous lurks within these glittering halls. Someone harboring a disturbing obsession with portrait magic.

Myra cannot do the painting until she knows what really happened, so she turns to the governor’s older son, a captivating redheaded poet. Together, they delve into the family’s most shadowed affairs, racing to uncover the truth before the secret Myra spent her life concealing makes her the killer’s next victim.

From Sing Me Forgotten author Jessica S. Olson comes a gothic fantasy murder mystery perfect for fans of Kerri Maniscalco and Erin A. Craig.



I wasn’t thrilled with Olson’s first book – but A Forgery of Roses was worth giving her writing another try. Olson is fantastic with unique magic systems, A Forgery of Roses includes Prodigies – artists who can paint and change the object of their painting’s physical characteristics. This could be for disguise, healing, or malicious intent. They are viewed by the majority of society as dangerous and would be killed or arrested if found so they must hide their talents.

Myra Whitlock is a Prodigy and orphan trying to take care of her younger sister who suffers from a GI condition they can’t afford to treat. She is just trying to keep her head over water when the governor’s wife comes in for a portrait and notices her magic. Myra’s given no choice but to complete the task she is charged with, otherwise her and her sister’s lives are in danger. But what she doesn’t expect is to find a murder mystery in the governor’s house and a handsome yet quiet boy who could be the best or worst thing that ever happens to her.

This book really was a ride the whole way. The fantasy mystery combination isn’t one I see often but I really enjoyed trying to figure out what was happening. I wasn’t really able to predict the events in this book which is always a great sign. I got the ending I was missing in her first book and was so proud of the characters by the end. I also sense a possibility of a sequel or companion novel and am hopeful that happens! I really enjoyed the experience of this book, definitely recommend.

Thank you to Inkyard Press and Netgalley for an early copy in exchange for an honest review

Happy reading, folks!

eARC Review – A Wedding on Sunshine Corner by Phoebe Mills

Title: A Wedding on Sunshine Corner (The Sunshine Corner #2)

Author: Phoebe Mills

Publisher: Forever

Publication date: March 29th, 2022

349 pages

5/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

A delightful small-town romance between a daycare teacher and single dad who must overcome their differences to help plan the ultimate wedding.

They’ve driven each other crazy for years, but were they fighting each other—or the chemistry between them?

As the youngest in her loving, overprotective family, Savannah Lowe has always gone with the flow instead of going out on a limb…until now. Her new job running a preschool requires her to be all in. If only the father of one of her students wasn’t her brother’s incredibly infuriating, impossibly attractive best friend. Savannah has no clue what she ever did to make him dislike her, and now they’re stuck spending even more time together planning her brother’s wedding.

Single father Noah Adams has his hands full between his job as a paramedic and caring for his young daughter. The last thing he needs is a complication like Savannah in his life—a girl he remembers being constantly pampered by her family. But the more he gets to know her, the more he sees how kind and compassionate she really is. Now their long-ignored, off-the-charts chemistry has them on a collision course…with each other. 


I am obsessed with the covers for this series. They literally make me so happy, just as much as the books do. I was obsessed with The House on Sunshine Corner so I had high hopes for this one – and it DELIVERED. Truly an enemies to lovers romance, Savannah and Noah have known each other since childhood and have never gotten along. Noah thinks she is a spoiled princess and makes no secret of it, which in turn means Savannah doesn’t like Noah due to the insults flung for years. But when Savannah’s brother and Noah’s best friend announces he’s engaged and wants them to plan the wedding, they must come to a truce and start to see eye to eye. And when they do… man the sparks fly.

Obsessed is the best word to describe my feelings for this book. I can’t pick a favorite between the two in the Sunshine Corner series, you can’t make me. I love enemies to lovers with loads of sexual tension. It has dual POVs so you get to see both characters start to let down their guard and fall in love with the other, it’s just my favorite kind of book hands down. They also help each other grow so much in their insecurities and bad behaviors, I was cheering for them both the whole way through.

There is a bit more spice in this one than the previous book (no complaints here). I would read a million more book set in this small town and Phoebe Mills is a new author I will need to keep an eye on for more books.

Thank you to Forever and Netgalley for an early copy in exchange for an honest review.

Happy reading, folks!

Book Review – The House on Sunshine Corner by Phoebe Mills

Title: The House on Sunshine Corner (The Sunshine Corner #1)

Author: Phoebe Mills

Publisher: Forever

Publication date: August 24th, 2021

316 pages

5/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

This captivating enemies-to-lovers romance about a daycare teacher who clashes with a brooding dad is perfect second-chance love story for fans of Debbie Mason.

Abby Engel has a great life. She’s the owner of Sunshine Corner, the daycare she runs with her girlfriends; she has the most adoring grandmother (aka the Baby Whisperer); and she lives in a perfect hidden gem of a town. All that’s missing is the thing she wants the most: a family. But after a stint of online dating and a string of bad blind dates, she’s ready to give up. And then her ex-boyfriend (aka the love of her life) walks back into town…

Carter Hayes has no intention of staying in Heart’s Hope Bay. He’s there to help his sister out for a few weeks, and then he’s back on a plane to Las Vegas. But small-town living has its appeal, and it’s not long before Carter’s reminded of just how much he loves his hometown…and the one woman he’s never been able to forget. But after breaking her heart all those years ago, can Carter convince Abby that he’s her happy-ever-after?


Can we just start off with how adorable the cover is for this book? I knew absolutely nothing about it when I requested to read it from the publisher but I have no regrets. I loved this cheery, small town romance. However, I have to argue the above synopsis calling it enemies to lovers… It certainly was second chance romance with Abby and Carter being high school sweethearts before he broke up with her when he went off to college and thought their paths were diverging. It was a sad break up but they were not enemies at any point. Unsure where that categorization is coming from…

Anyways, Abby runs Sunshine Corner day care and has terrible luck with dating. Carter return to Heart’s Hope Bay to take care of his sister and niece after a car accident broke her leg. Part of that involves taking his niece to Abby’s day care – and seeing the love of life every day but knowing it is only temporary and he intends to return to his old life when his sister recovers fully. Honestly, there isn’t a single page of this book that I didn’t love. It has the writing style of the old style Nora Roberts and Catherine Anderson romance where you can tell it’s for adults, but there is a youthful sense to it that will allow it to cross age groups with ease. There is mild spice but it’s a satisfying level for those who like it more on the spicy side.

And of course, the requisite HEA ending. I’m so ready to dive into the next in this series, check back tomorrow for the review!

Happy reading, folks!

Book Review – Sing Me Forgotten by Jessica S. Olson

Title: Sing Me Forgotten

Author: Jessica S. Olson

Publisher: Inkyard Press

Publication date: March 9th, 2021

336 pages

3/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

Isda does not exist. At least not beyond the opulent walls of the opera house.

Cast into a well at birth for being one of the magical few who can manipulate memories when people sing, she was saved by Cyril, the opera house’s owner. Since that day, he has given her sanctuary from the murderous world outside. All he asks in return is that she use her power to keep ticket sales high—and that she stay out of sight. For if anyone discovers she survived, Isda and Cyril would pay with their lives.

But Isda breaks Cyril’s cardinal rule when she meets Emeric Rodin, a charming boy who throws her quiet, solitary life out of balance. His voice is unlike any she’s ever heard, but the real shock comes when she finds in his memories hints of a way to finally break free of her gilded prison.

Haunted by this possibility, Isda spends more and more time with Emeric, searching for answers in his music and his past. But the price of freedom is steeper than Isda could ever know. For even as she struggles with her growing feelings for Emeric, she learns that in order to take charge of her own destiny, she must become the monster the world tried to drown in the first place.


“I pretend to be human, but the mirror does not lie.”

Jessica S. Olson, Sing Me Forgotten

I had high hopes for this book and sadly by the end I was just… disappointed. Isda is a ghost, she lives in the catacombs of the opera house her master runs. She isn’t supposed to exist, as a gravoir her kind is killed at birth due to their ability to manipulate memories while people sing. She has never left the opera house and the only human she has interacted with in her 16 years is Cyril – her master and savior. That is, until Emeric showed up – a janitor with the voice of an angel that makes Isda determined to know him.

Honestly, I was loving this book until the ending so please take my review with a grain of salt. It is not a traditional romance ending and it irritated me because after everything Isda and Emeric went through it just wasn’t fair. And yeah okay, I know that’s the point and it has it’s purpose but MEH. It just doesn’t do it for me – after Isda gives up everything and works so hard in this book to save Emeric it’s devastating that she doesn’t get the ending she deserves, in my opinion. But I digress, other than this main complaint – I did enjoy the book. The writing utilizes some prime imagery and the magic just leaps off the page. It’s a very unique world with a fairly well explained magic system that didn’t require too much info-dumping at the beginning.

I’m told this is a genderbent Phantom of the Opera retelling but honestly I don’t know shit about Phantom of the Opera so I can’t speak to how true this is or how closely it follows the original story. So there’s that.

Happy reading, folks!

Book Review – The Passing Playbook by Isaac Fitzsimons

Title: The Passing Playbook

Author: Isaac Fitzsimons

Publisher: Dial

Publication date: June 1st, 2021

304 pages

4/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

Fifteen-year-old Spencer Harris is a proud nerd, an awesome big brother and a Messi-in-training. He’s also transgender. After transitioning at his old school leads to a year of bullying, Spencer gets a fresh start at Oakley, the most liberal private school in Ohio.

At Oakley, Spencer seems to have it all: more accepting classmates, a decent shot at a starting position on the boy’s soccer team, great new friends, and maybe even something more than friendship with one of his teammates. The problem is, no one at Oakley knows Spencer is trans – he’s passing.

So when a discriminatory law forces Spencer’s coach to bench him after he discovers the ‘F’ on Spencer’s birth certificate, Spencer has to make a choice: cheer his team on from the sidelines or publicly fight for his right to play, even if it means coming out to everyone – including the guy he’s falling for.


“First rule of passing…Don’t be different.”

Isaac Fitzsimons, The Passing Playbook

Meet Spencer, a transgender high schooler in Ohio who just transferred to the most liberal private school in the state in order to have a fresh start. Spencer tries really hard to pass to avoid the scrutiny and bullying he experienced at his last school. But he joins the boy’s soccer team and there’s a law that say Spencer can’t play due to being assigned female at birth. Also, he’s falling for Justice – a teammate and the pastor’s son. He may be gay but he’s so far in the closet he’s in Narnia due to his parent’s strict religiosity. Can these two find a way together?

My heart broke for Spencer while he was trying to figure out how to be himself during this book. It has to be so hard to be so young and know people hate you just for how you feel about your identity. Spencer goes through more in this book than I have in my whole life simply because I was born in the gendered body that feels correct for me. I admire his passion for soccer and internal growth in the Gay-Straight Alliance club at school. I also adored the friendship he made with a non-binary student and how they helped each other grow. Justice was a good character, but I wasn’t completely enthralled by him as a love interest. I got really put my finger on why, but he didn’t seem to have a strong personality and you just don’t get to know much about him besides his family.

I listened to this one on audio, and I think the narrator did a great job. Definitely recommend for LGBTQ fans.

Happy reading, folks!

eARC Review – The One True Me and You by Remi K. England

Title: The One True Me and You

Author: Remi K. England

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Publication date: March 1st, 2022

272 pages

5/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

One small fandom convention. One teen beauty pageant.
One meet cute waiting to happen.

Up and coming fanfic author Kaylee Beaumont is internally screaming at the chance to finally meet her fandom friends in real life and spend a weekend at GreatCon. She also has a side quest for the weekend:

Try out they/them pronouns to see how it feels
Wear more masculine-presenting cosplay
Kiss a girl for the first time

It’s… a lot, and Kay mostly wants to lie face down on the hotel floor. Especially when her hometown bully, Miss North Carolina, shows up in the very same hotel. But there’s this con-sponsored publishing contest, and the chance to meet her fandom idols… and then, there’s Teagan.

Pageant queen Teagan Miller (Miss Virginia) has her eye on the much-needed prize: the $25,000 scholarship awarded to the winner of the Miss Cosmic Teen USA pageant. She also has secrets:

She loves the dresses but hates the tiaras
She’s a giant nerd for everything GreatCon
She’s gay af

If Teagan can just keep herself wrapped up tight for one more weekend, she can claim the scholarship and go off to college out and proud. If she’s caught, she could lose everything she’s worked for. If her rival, Miss North Carolina, has anything to do with it, that’s exactly how it’ll go down.

When Teagan and Kay bump into one another the first night, sparks fly. Their connection is intense—as is their shared enemy. If they’re spotted, the safe space of the con will be shattered, and all their secrets will follow them home. The risks are great… but could the reward of embracing their true selves be worth it?


This is one of those books that I downloaded without knowing anything about the overall story line or characters and I don’t know what I expected from it going in – but it wasn’t what I got – and it was WONDERFUL. Imagine a pageant queen with a hidden nerd side and a nerd having a gender identity and sexuality crisis and you have the characters in this book. I have been so excited about the wave of LGBTQ romances being published – especially in the YA genre – and I genuinely didn’t know that would play a part in this book!

Kay comes from a small town in North Carolina where considering gender identity is ridiculed and frowned down upon, so when they go to a fandom convention where they can be themselves, they decide to try out being the self they want to be. And then there is Teagan, a pageant queen just trying to win enough money to go to college. She is a out lesbian, except in the pageant circuit. They meet when the fandom convention and the pageant are held at the same hotel and there are immediate sparks.

I hands down loved this romance. The struggle Kay goes through with their identity and the exploration with Teagan was so charming and I imagine important to see represented for those who feel similarly. There was also a very interesting discussion about pageants and the underlying stereotype about those who compete in beauty pageants, and frankly it made me think about some opinions I have about them. I love when a book can be light and romantic while also delving into serious topics and making you question your world view. It’s a balancing act that England did masterfully in this book.

Highly recommend for those looking for a great LGBTQ book, specifically in the non-binary sphere.

Thank you to Wednesday Books and Netgalley for an early copy in exchange for an honest review.

Happy reading, folks!

Book Review – All the Feels by Olivia Dade

Title: All the Feels (Spoiler Alert #1)

Author: Olivia Dade

Publisher: Avon

Publication date: November 16th, 2021

385 pages

5/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

Following Spoiler Alert, Olivia Dade returns with another utterly charming romantic comedy about a devil-may-care actor—who actually cares more than anyone knows—and the no-nonsense woman hired to keep him in line.

Alexander Woodroe has it all. Charm. Sex appeal. Wealth. Fame. A starring role as Cupid on TV’s biggest show, God of the Gates. But the showrunners have wrecked his character, he’s dogged by old demons, and his post-show future remains uncertain. When all that reckless emotion explodes into a bar fight, the tabloids and public agree: his star is falling.

Enter Lauren Clegg, the former ER therapist hired to keep him in line. Compared to her previous work, watching over handsome but impulsive Alex shouldn’t be especially difficult. But the more time they spend together, the harder it gets to keep her professional remove and her heart intact, especially when she discovers the reasons behind his recklessness…not to mention his Cupid fanfiction habit.

When another scandal lands Alex in major hot water and costs Lauren her job, she’ll have to choose between protecting him and offering him what he really wants—her. But he’s determined to keep his improbably short, impossibly stubborn, and extremely endearing minder in his life any way he can. And on a road trip up the California coast together, he intends to show her exactly what a falling star will do to catch the woman he loves: anything at all.


“Sometimes I want to burn down the fucking world for what it’s done to you.”

Olivia Dade, All the Feels

I absolutely loved Spoiler Alert, because it combined two things I’m passionate about – body positivity and nerds. So I knew I was going to pick up All the Feels when it came out because Alex and Lauren practically leapt off the page in Spoiler Alert – and they were background characters. They clearly had off the charts chemistry that presented in bickering and insults, my favorite kind of flirting.

Alex is the actor who has a reputation for being difficult to work with, a party boy, and a reckless pot-stirrer. So when he gets caught up in a bar fight, the show runner insists he needs a handler (i.e. babysitter). In comes Lauren, the show runner’s cousin who recently left her emergency psychology job after being burned out. Lauren doesn’t have conventional good looks and she is used to being looked down upon for that and for her size, and she is frankly a doormat for her whole family and friends. Alex brings out a more opinionated and confident Lauren and it’s a beautiful sight to behold. And there is so much more to Alex than a playboy party boy. He has serious dreams and ambitions, and there is more to the incidents that led him to needing Lauren.

Absolutely loved every page of this book. The conflict damn near broke my heart, but it was so well done. Sometimes you can tell the conflict isn’t well thought out and is just there because it needs to be – but this conflict truly brought together Alex and Lauren’s insecurities and made them think about what they want and need out of life with themselves, and with each other.

I’m told there will be a third book, and you’re damn right I’m going to be reading it ASAP.

Happy reading, folks!