13th #JanuaryBook The most romantic of @tarrynfisher’s books, still with plenty of angst. Told in dual POV with chapters in both past and present, really well handled so I never felt lost. I recently visited #Seattle where this is set and felt like I was revisiting. I love Tarryn’s writing. She handles words as if they are precious, as if she knows how powerful they are, as if they are magic. I’ve also found she is never predictable, and incredibly insightful into the human condition. None of her characters are perfect or predictable, they are real, raw and flawed, I suspect that’s why they feel so relatable. . #january1and1 #bookstagram #readersofinstagram #romancereader #romancereaders #romancebooks #romancebook #romanceread #romancenovel #readromance #booklover #bookish #wordpress

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12th #JanuaryBook I’ve enjoyed #KatMartin so I was eager to start this book, even thought it’s the second in a series and I’ve not read the first (#RuleBreaker). Political Intrigue, Female Private Investigator, Swarthy Texas Billionaire plus a murder or two to solve? I’m 100% here for all of that. The development of the relationship was well paced given the intensity of the situations Beau and Cassidy found themselves in. Plenty of twists, plenty of heat. Loved the secondary story line about Beau taking on responsibility for his half sibling & the knock on effects of that. #BeyondDanger #netgalley . #january1and1 #bookstagram #readersofinstagram #romancereader #romancereaders #romancebooks #romancebook #romanceread #romancenovel #readromance #booklover #bookish #romanticsuspense #texasromance #wordpress

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11th #JanuaryBook I think this must be a spin off. There were several instances where references were made to other characters/situations/place with a casualness that assumed we knew who they were. I found myself confused as to whether this was supposed to be a paranormal/supernatural book, because the “special skills” the Torpedo Ink members exhibited were kinda supernatural, but if they are then it’s not explained well. If they’re not supernatural, there felt like a disconnect as to how their special skills were discovered. The Hero was the wrong kind of Alpha for me and the heroine flip flopped between bad ass and meek. I was super excited to get this #ARC from #NetGalley; Christine Feehan is a name I’ve seen around and this seemed right up my alley. Turned out to be a swing and a miss. #judgmentroad #torpedoink . #january1and1 #bookstagram #readersofinstagram #romancereader #romancereaders #romancebooks #romancebook #romanceread #romancenovel #readromance #booklover #bookish #wordpress

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10th #JanuaryBook @sandrabrownauthor Set in Charleston SC, a place I have some familiarity with, I loved this story. I have no qualms in admitting I rarely figure out *who did it* so I love a book that makes me accuse everyone at some point in the story. I loved the conflict, internal and external, of our two MCs as they were challenged by their circumstances & the situation they found themselves in. Secondary characters were great and #Charleston was a fantastic backdrop to display this all against. . #january1and1 #bookstagram #thriller #paperback #standalone #booklover #bookish #wordpress

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9th #JanuaryBook Without Merit is a book about family dynamics from a teenager’s perspective. Young adult is not my favourite genre, but @colleenhoover always writes well, displaying a knack of describing real people and the situations they find themselves in either by default or design. The fleshing out of the family members (blood & found) was delightful. I find there are never caricatures or perfect people in Ms Hoover’s books. Everyone is the right amount of messed up. The best part of this story was mental health plot line. The realization that all was not as it should be was perfectly paced for both the person it affected and those around them. I hope that anyone who needs the message that depression comes in many forms finds it. . #january1and1 #bookstagram #notaromance #youngadult #fiction #paperback #withoutmerit #booklover #bookish #wordpress

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8th #JanuaryBook @kylie_scott_books This is only the second book of Ms Scott’s that I’ve read. Young Adult is not my preference of genre, but a book challenge is encouraging me to step outside my comfort zone. The circumstances under which we meet our hero and heroine are pretty traumatic; an armed holdup at a gas station. The repercussions of this cause both our hero and heroine to reevaluate who they are and what they want. Not in some grandiose “what am I doing with my life” but “is this who I am?” that late teens encounter. It was interesting to see the knock on effects on friends and family as they try to find a new kind of normal. . #january1and1 #bookstagram #standalone #readersofinstagram #romancereader #paperback #romancereaders #romancebooks #youngadult #romancebook #romanceread #romancenovel #readromance #booklover #bookish #utcbookchallenge #wordpress

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7th #JanuaryBook @kendraelliot Excellent novella following on from Twisted Truth by Melinda Leigh. Features a married couple who are both in law enforcement. I have a sweet spot for stories that show married couples in love; showing us how you can remain in love and not just co-habiting with sexy times thrown in. Small town shenanigans with murders and “who done it” thrown in! . #january1and1 #bookstagram #novella #thriller #readersofinstagram #booklover #bookish #kindleunlimited #wordpress

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6th #JanuaryBook @corinnemichaels What would you do if you not only met your favourite teen years boy band member, but also had the chance to date him. This fun romance pairs up musician now actor Eli and police officer Heather. Heather has some fairly heavy stuff going on in her life and struggles to accept that Eli is genuinely interested in her & that she has the ability to allow something nice to happen to her. If you know me, you know I love a story where the hero wants the relationship more than the heroine. I enjoy watching the pursuit for sure. We get that here with a couple in their late 30’s early 40’s. #Grownmance. . #january1and1 #bookstagram #standalone #rockstarromance #readersofinstagram #romancereader #romancereaders #romancebooks #romancebook #romanceread #romancenovel #readromance #booklover #bookish #wordpress

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5th #JanuaryBook @alessandratorre4 You know a book is good when you don’t move for 2.5 hours while you read it. This is #notaromance. This is classic Alessandra mystery/thriller. She makes the unlovable, unapproachable Helena relatable and empathetic with this story of love and loss. It was an interesting technique to have one character told in first person and others in third person. I’ve seen it done before and when it’s done well it adds a really unique element to the story. My heart broke at the end and several tears were shed. Wonderful. . . #january1and1 #alessandratorre #bookstagram #booklover #Thriller #mysterybooks #mystery #theghostwriter #kindleunlimited #bookish #wordpress

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