A novel of terrible first impressions, hilarious second chances, and the joy in finding your perfect match from "a true talent" (Emily Henry, #1 New York Times bestselling author).
Dr. Briana Ortiz’s life is seriously flatlining. Her divorce is just about finalized, her brother’s running out of time to find a kidney donor, and that promotion she wants? Oh, that’s probably going to the new man-doctor who’s already registering eighty-friggin’-seven on Briana’s “pain in my ass” scale. But just when all systems are set to hate, Dr. Jacob Maddox completely flips the game . . . by sending Briana a letter.
And it’s a really good letter. Like the kind that proves that Jacob isn’t actually Satan. Worse, he might be this fantastically funny and subversively likeable guy who’s terrible at first impressions. Because suddenly he and Bri are exchanging letters, sharing lunch dates in her “sob closet,” and discussing the merits of freakishly tiny horses. But when Jacob decides to give Briana the best gift imaginable—a kidney for her brother—she wonders just how she can resist this quietly sexy new doctor . . . especially when he calls in a favor she can’t refuse. - from Goodreads
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Can't-Wait Wednesday: Yours Truly
Monday, November 28, 2022
How My Reading Has Changed Since Becoming A Mom
- I'm reading less. I think this is a given - babies take up a lot of your time, so most of my reading comes after Henry goes to bed. And since my bedtime has also gotten earlier, this doesn't leave a ton of time each day for reading. But honestly, I'm reading more than I thought I would! I expected maybe a book a week, and I'm probably around two a week, most weeks.
- I ADORE children's books. I've always enjoyed buying books for my nieces and nephews, but now that I'm paying even more attention to them, I've found I really love children's books - the charming text and rhymes, the simple but important messages, the cute illustrations. It is such a joy to read with Henry every day because even if he doesn't totally understand what we're doing all the time, I love it and I hope that's coming across to him. And as much as I love books, I never really thought I'd be the mom doing all the voices and making all the animal sounds, but here we are!
- Henry's TBR is just as important as mine. I'm constantly on the lookout for new books for him, whether they are new or old, and I've created a wishlist for him on our library's website. I choose a theme or two each month for our reading, and at the beginning of the month I peruse our wishlist, check out several books from the library, and pick a few from his shelf. He loves touch-and-feel and lift-a-flap books, so I always try to make sure those are mixed in. We reread each book many times during the month, but I also want to keep things new and exciting for him.
- My identity as a reader is expanding. At the daycare, I'm known as Henry's mom, but also the "reading mom," and Henry is the infant room's "little bookworm." Whenever something about books or literacy comes up at school, they often show a picture of him, with his little books, and I love that! He proves that you're never too young to enjoy books. The director and I chat about books quite often, sending each other recommendations for Henry and the other kids. Although I would never want to force a hobby on my child, I know how important it is to expose him to all types of books, and so my identity as a reader has expanded from a solo activity to also being somewhat of an advocate for children's literacy.
- I'm planning for the future. My hope is that as Henry gets older, we will continue to enjoy reading together (and maybe that will include less chewing on books). Several of the books on his TBR are meant for older children, so that's a start! My sister is inspiring me in this area, too - her daughter Luna is 6 and loves to read, and Michele is reading and compiling a library of books for Luna to read when she's older, mostly YA books she thinks she'll enjoy.
Tuesday, November 22, 2022
Top Ten Tuesday: Bloggers I'm Thankful For
Friday, November 18, 2022
Holiday Quick Reviews
Wednesday, November 16, 2022
Can't-Wait Wednesday: Hotel of Secrets
During ball season, anything can happen, even love.
It’s ball season in Vienna, and Maria Wallner only wants one thing: to restore her family’s hotel, the Hotel Wallner, to its former glory. She’s not going to let anything get in her way - not her parents’ three-decade-long affair; not seemingly-random attacks by masked assassins; and especially not the broad-shouldered American foreign agent who’s saved her life two times already. No matter how luscious his mouth is.
Eli Whittaker also only wants one thing: to find out who is selling American secret codes across Europe, arrest them, and go home to his sensible life in Washington, DC. He has one lead - a letter the culprit sent from a Viennese hotel. But when he arrives in Vienna, he is immediately swept up into a chaotic whirlwind of balls, spies, waltzes, and beautiful hotelkeepers who seem to constantly find themselves in danger. He disapproves of all of it! But his disapproval is tested as he slowly falls deeper into the chaos - and as his attraction to said hotelkeeper grows. - from Goodreads
Monday, November 14, 2022
Michele's Monday Picks #1
by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka
Expected publication: January 24th, 2023
When a couple
starts to feel like they're married to a stranger, a flirtatious game
of pretend becomes the spark they need to reignite their
Eliza and Graham are anticipating an anything-but-sexy, weeklong getaway to celebrate their five-year anniversary. Nestled on the Northern California coastline, the resort prides itself on being a destination for those in love and those looking to find it. For Eliza and Graham, it might as well be a vacation with a roommate.
When a well-meaning guest mistakes Eliza and Graham for being single and introduces them at the hotel bar, they don't correct him. Suddenly, they're pretending to be perfect strangers and it's unexpectedly...fun? Eliza and Graham find themselves flirting like it's their first date, and waiting with butterflies in their stomach for the other to text back.
Everyone at the retreat can sense the electric chemistry between Eliza and Graham's alter egos. But when their scintillating game of roleplaying ends, will they still feel the heat?
I absolutely loved this duo’s adult debut, The Roughest Draft. I also love a marriage in trouble trope, so I’m hoping this one is a winner!
Is this a trope you enjoy? Do you think you’ll be picking this one up?
Wednesday, November 9, 2022
Can't-Wait Wednesday: Secretly Yours
A steamy new rom-com about a starchy professor and the bubbly neighbor he clashes with at every turn...
Hallie Welch fell hard for Julian Vos at fourteen, after they almost kissed in the dark vineyards of his family's winery. Now the prodigal hottie has returned to their small town. When Hallie is hired to revamp the gardens on the Vos estate, she wonders if she'll finally get that smooch. But the grumpy professor isn't the teenager she remembers and their polar opposite personalities clash spectacularly. One wine-fueled girls' night later, Hallie can't shake the sense that she did something reckless--and then she remembers the drunken secret admirer letter she left for Julian. Oh shit.
On sabbatical from his ivy league job, Julian plans to write a novel. But having Hallie gardening right outside his window is the ultimate distraction. She's eccentric, chronically late, often literally covered in dirt--and so unbelievably beautiful, he can't focus on anything else. Until he finds an anonymous letter sent by a woman from his past. Even as Julian wonders about this admirer, he's sucked further into Hallie's orbit. Like the flowers she plants all over town, Hallie is a burst of color in Julian's gray-scale life. For a man who irons his socks and runs on tight schedules, her sunny chaotic energy makes zero sense. But there's something so familiar about her... and her very presence is turning his world upside down. - from Goodreads
Tuesday, November 8, 2022
Top Ten Tuesday: Series I'd Like to Start/Catch Up On/Finish
Monday, November 7, 2022
Nonfiction November 2022: Week 2 - Book Pairings
Friday, November 4, 2022
Romance Quick Reviews: The Meghan Quinn Edition
Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Can't-Wait Wednesday: How To Sell A Haunted House
Your past and your family can haunt you like nothing else… A hilarious and terrifying new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Final Girl Support Group.
Every childhood home is haunted, and each of us are possessed by our parents.
When their parents die at the tail end of the coronavirus pandemic, Louise and Mark Joyner are devastated but nothing can prepare them for how bad things are about to get. The two siblings are almost totally estranged, and couldn’t be more different. Now, however, they don’t have a choice but to get along. The virus has passed, and both of them are facing bank accounts ravaged by the economic meltdown. Their one asset? Their childhood home. They need to get it on the market as soon as possible because they need the money. Yet before her parents died they taped newspaper over the mirrors and nailed shut the attic door.
Sometimes we feel like puppets, controlled by our upbringing and our genes. Sometimes we feel like our parents treat us like toys, or playthings, or even dolls. The past can ground us, teach us, and keep us safe. It can also trap us, and bind us, and suffocate the life out of us. As disturbing events stack up in the house, Louise and Mark have to learn that sometimes the only way to break away from the past, sometimes the only way to sell a haunted house, is to burn it all down. - from Goodreads