eARC Review – The Bride

Title: The Bride

Author: Wendy Clarke

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication date: May 20th, 2020

300 pages

4/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

The moment Joanna told me she was engaged, I had this awful feeling that something was wrong. 

We used to speak on the phone every day. Growing up I spent more time at her house than I did at my own. I’d always imagined what it would be like to see her get married, and now I didn’t even know her fiancé’s name. 

She asked me to come and meet Mark and I intended to tell her to slow down. You can’t know someone for a month and be sure that you want to spend the rest of your lives together. 

When I got to Joanna’s front door, only Mark was there. He was charming and gorgeous and nothing but nice to me, and I started to understand. 

And then he told me that Joanna was missing.

Review

**Thank you to Bookouture, Netgalley, and Wendy Clarke for an early copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review**

The Bride is a suspense filled mystery/thriller novel where the MC Alice is contacted by her long lost best friend and asked to come visit to meet her new fiance. When Alice arrives, Joanna is not there… but Mark her fiance is. It appears Joanna has gone on a vacation, after inviting Alice to stay the weekend. Mark convinces Alice to stay in case Joanna returns, but after a few days he admits that Joanna has been missing for several days. The question is… where is Joanna? And why does Alice allow Mark to convince her to stay in their apartment?

I love a thriller that can keep me guessing. There are some pretty strong hints and sketchy behavior in this book from all characters, so it’s hard to pin down what really is happening. In my opinion, this is the sign of a good mystery/thriller novel. The book is told from Alice’s point of view, at least until just over halfway through then you get a look into Joanna’s circumstances as well. Alice has her own issues, but is a fairly reliable narrator – even if she makes some poor decisions at times… Mark as a character is weird and sketchy, you never quite know what to think of him – and frankly I still don’t!

One thing I will point out is that I don’t feel like everyone’s story lines are wrapped up at the end of the book. There are still some questions I had at the end. I don’t really take this as a negative, but I do wish I had answers to some of those questions.

If you’re looking for a book filled with suspense, a mystery involving a missing wife, and a friendship that has some terrible secrets – check out The Bride!

Happy reading, folks!

Book Review – Well Met

“Like the stars, your love should be a constant source of light, and like the earth, a firm foundation from which to grow.”

Title: Well Met (Well Met #1)

Author: Jen DeLuca

Publisher: Berkley

Publication date: September 3rd, 2019

336 pages

5/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

All’s faire in love and war for two sworn enemies who indulge in a harmless flirtation in a laugh-out-loud rom-com from debut author, Jen DeLuca.

Emily knew there would be strings attached when she relocated to the small town of Willow Creek, Maryland, for the summer to help her sister recover from an accident, but who could anticipate getting roped into volunteering for the local Renaissance Faire alongside her teenaged niece? Or that the irritating and inscrutable schoolteacher in charge of the volunteers would be so annoying that she finds it impossible to stop thinking about him?

The faire is Simon’s family legacy and from the start he makes clear he doesn’t have time for Emily’s lighthearted approach to life, her oddball Shakespeare conspiracy theories, or her endless suggestions for new acts to shake things up. Yet on the faire grounds he becomes a different person, flirting freely with Emily when she’s in her revealing wench’s costume. But is this attraction real, or just part of the characters they’re portraying?

This summer was only ever supposed to be a pit stop on the way to somewhere else for Emily, but soon she can’t seem to shake the fantasy of establishing something more with Simon, or a permanent home of her own in Willow Creek.

Review

I didn’t choose the wench life. The wench life chose me.

jen deluca, well met

Y’all I am TRASH for this book and that’s not even an exaggeration. It has legit everything I love in life… hate to love romance, Renaissance Faires, and sassy & witty characters. I AM obsessed and I was SO HAPPY to learn there were going to be two companion novels!! I need them in my life!!

First off, Emily gets roped off into helping with her niece’s school Renaissance Faire because her sister was in a horrible car accident and needed to be taken care of. Emily dropped everything (not that there was much to drop) and rushed to live with her. What she didn’t bargain for was the uptight, stickler English teacher in charge of running the Faire. Simon thinks Emily doesn’t care about Faire, and isn’t motivated to be there or make it successful. Emily thinks Simon is too strict and close-minded. They argue in every conversation…. but why can’t they stop thinking about each other??

Again, I. AM. OBSESSED. I was sold on Simon and Emily early on, because they were so good for each other. At any given point of the book, they were exactly what the other person needed. And that growth! Simon and Emily had such character and personal growth during Well Met that it blew my mind. They really were at pivotal points in their life and needed each other to make decisions and get through hurdles!

And don’t get me started on sexy, pirate captain Simon. HE is the show stopper, crowd pleasing, FANTASTIC man every woman needs in life. He made me actually swoon during this book, because you just knew it was the real Simon, not just the Simon everyone expected him to be. My cinnamon roll was able to open up and be his real damn self while playing a character and THE. FLIRTING.

Can y’all see how obsessed I am? Can you tell from this rambling review that barely has sentence structure or even makes sense? I HOPE SO!! Because I will be over here in my corner shipping them forever and ever and counting down the days until Well Played is in my hands.

Happy reading, folks!

March TBR!

Happy March! I’m so excited for this month because it means spring it coming! February is always the most dreary month, but March brings promise of warmth and happiness! Daylight Savings time starts and I am able to take book photos when I get home from work again!

I plan on reading SO MUCH this month – I can’t imagine I will get to all of these but I’m sure going to try! I’m trying to be more flexible with myself this month, but there are some that I NEED to read this month. I am including a mix of physical, ebooks, and audiobooks in this list and a few will be new releases I’m really excited for!

PHYSICAL BOOKS

  1. Wicked Fox (Gumiho #1), Kat Cho
  2. The Beckoning Shadow (The Beckoning Shadow #1), Katharyn Blair
  3. Girls With Sharp Sticks (Girls With Sharp Sticks #1), Suzanne Young
  4. Sky Without Stars (System Divine #1), Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell
  5. Chain of Gold (The Last Hours #1), Cassandra Clare
  6. Ember Queen (Ash Princess Trilogy #3), Laura K. Sebastian
  7. Diamond & Dawn (Amber & Dusk #2), Lyra Selene
  8. Magic For Liars, Sarah Gailey
  9. Defy Me (Shatter Me #5), Tahereh Mafi
  10. Imagine Me (Shatter Me #6), Tahereh Mafi
  11. Well Met (Well Met #1), Jen DeLuca
  12. The Shadows Between Us, Tricia Levenseller

EARCS

I recently started getting eARC’s from Edelweiss as well as Netgalley, so I’ve revised my header to include both.

  1. What I Like About Me, Jenna Guillame
  2. Girls With Razor Hearts (Girls With Sharp Sticks #2), Suzanne Young
  3. Girl Gone Viral (Modern Love #2), Alisha Rai
  4. What I Like About You, Marisa Kanter
  5. You Deserve Each Other, Sarah Hogle

AUDIOBOOKS

I recently started checking audiobooks out of the library and a few holds came in, so I’m going to try and get to those this month!

  1. Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist #1), Renee Ahdieh
  2. The Beautiful (The Beautiful #1), Renee Ahdieh
  3. Infinity Son (Infinity Cycle #1), Adam Silvera

So for those counting at home, that’s 20 books! I read 18 in February so it wouldn’t be completely out of the ordinary, but who knows! Check back at the end of the month to see how I do!

Happy reading, folks!

September Haul!

Ya’lllll, I still got way too many books this month, my TBR cart is practically bursting! I’ve had such a busy month and spent practically all of it on the go travel with my boyfriend/travel buddy. Some of these books were bought in Louisville during my first ever trip to a Half Price Books, which was an overwhelming yet still very awesome experience. This upcoming month, I PROMISE I will be better!! My bank account needs it!

HALF PRICE BOOKS

HPB had a Labor Day sale that I had to take part in, even if I was in a different state! SO lucky my boyfriend tolerates my obsession!

  1. The Right Swipe (Modern Love #1) – Alisha Rai
  2. Uprooted – Naomi Novik
  3. Beyond a Darkened Shore – Jessica Leake

AMAZON

Preorders and general purchases!

  1. Bid My Soul Farewell (Give The Dark My Love #2) – Beth Revis
  2. Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle #1) – Jay Kristoff
  3. Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle #2) – Jay Kristoff

SUBSCRIPTION BOXES

My Shelflove Crate has yet to come yet because it is delayed (again, for like the 8th time this year) so that will have to be added to October’s post. This month I have my Owlcrate monthly box and a Fox & Wit Mini Box. Owlcrate included 2 books in this box in celebration of Halloween coming up.

  1. The Bone Houses – Emily Lloyd-Jones (Owlcrate #1)
  2. The Haunting of Hill House – Shirley Jackson (Owlcrate #2)
  3. Darkdawn (The Nevernight Chronicle #3) – Jay Kristoff (Fox & Wit Special Edition with character art on the reverse of the dust jacket)

PUBLISHERS

I received one book this month from Month9 Books in exchange for an honest review!

  1. Demon in the Whitelands – Nikki Z. Richard

Have you read any of these or purchased any this month as well? Tell me about how many books you acquired in the comments!

Happy reading, bookish friends! 🙂