Happy July, y'all! I'm WAY behind on monthly book reviews, so I'm going to be playing catch up this week and sharing my book reviews from April, May, and June. Today I'm talking about the books I read this past month. :)


I had an ARC of Alice Feeney's newest book sitting on my shelf for months before I finally read it. You know when you hope you love a book so much that you're scared to read it because you don't want to be disappointed? That's how I was with this book. I LOVED Alice Feeney's first book, Sometimes I Lie, and I was so worried that this one wouldn't be as good. I was wrong.
This book was SO good. The ending is definitely unique and a bit controversial, but I absolutely loved it! I was left with many questions, and I thoroughly enjoyed it!  

Thanks, Flatiron Books, for sending me a copy of this one!


I've been eyeing The Flatshare since the winter. I mean, how cute is this cover?? And the storyline sounded so cute, too. It's about a girl and a guy who share an apartment together, but they never actually see each other because of their work schedules, so they start leaving little notes for each other and eventually they fall in love. I really liked this one, but I didn't love it. I thought it had the potential to be much cuter than it actually was.

Mine is a thriller that is definitely action packed! It all takes place in one night and in one place-which I have discovered is not my thing. I know so many people love that kind of story, but I'm not really a fan. This one was a ton of action that led to nothing in my opinion. I really didn't like this one, but I know a lot of people who love it, so I still say give it a go! 

Thanks to Gallery books for sending me a copy of this one!


Just like with Alice Feeney's newest book, I was scared to read Liv Constantine's newest release because I loved The Last Mrs. Parrish so much. And again, I LOVED this one! I had so many theories about this one and some of them turned out true and some were total shockers. I highly recommend this thriller!


I finished out the month with an ARC of Lauren Layne's upcoming book, The Prenup. Y'all, this is my favorite LL book to date. It's such a funny and witty romance about a girl and a guy who married 10 years ago, but have lived on different coasts ever since. They come together to get divorced, but discover that their prenup says they have to live together for at least 3 months. It's such a sweet story. I highly recommend this one! :)

Be sure and check out my other monthly book reviews. I'll be posting several times this week with catch up monthly book review posts, but in the meantime, you can read about what I read in January, February, and March and you can click the 'books' link at the top of the page to read past year's book reviews posts. :)

April Book Reviews (coming this week)
May Book Reviews (coming this week)

March has come and gone and it's time to chat with y'all about the books I read this month! March was really busy for me due to moving houses. Normally I can read a lot during Spring Break, but that wasn't the case this year. I still managed to read 6 books this month and really enjoyed all but one. Let's get started so I can share these amazing reads with y'all!



I was so excited when I found out that Jill Santopolo had a new book coming out. I absolutely LOVED her debut novel, The Light We Lost. I liked this one just okay. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either. In fact, I'm struggling to even remember what it's about. I remember it dealt with a daughter and father relationship and she fell in love with someone other than her childhood boyfriend, but that's all I'm remembering about it. Clearly it wasn't a memorable one for me! I overall enjoyed it though and I recommend it. Just don't go in thinking it's going to be as good as The Light We Lost or you'll be disappointed!

RATING: 3 STARS

I knew better than to read this book, but I did it anyways. You know how you keep hearing about a book and everyone is raving about how good it is? That was this book. It sounded like something I would not be interested in, but so many people kept recommending it to me, so I gave it a go. 

And I didn't like it. At all.

I know I'm in the minority with this one and I so hope you have better luck with it than I did. No Exit is the exact kind of thriller I don't like. It's set in one place the entire book and the characters can't escape due to a snow storm. I don't know what it is, but I'm not fan of that type of plot. So this one didn't work for me. If you don't have a problem with a one place, characters stuck setting, give this one a go!

RATING: 2 STARS


I was thrilled to receive an ARC of Hannah Mary McKinnon's newest book, Her Secret Son. Y'all know my favorite book of 2018 was The Neighbors...seriously y'all: READ IT! Her upcoming book comes out in May and it's really good! It's about a man whose girlfriend of 5 years dies and leaves him with her son who he considers his own son. Along the way, he realizes that his girlfriend had many secrets and he sets out to find the truth. 

RATING: 4 STARS


When I got moved into the house, I was able to sit down and start our March book for #lalalifebookclub, which was Peter Swanson's newest book Before She Met Him. Peter Swanson is my favorite thriller write. I've read all his books (except The Clock Heart one) and he is simply amazing. His latest book is no exception. Y'all, I devoured this thriller. It might be my new favorite by him. It's that good. I highly highly recommend this one!

Rating: 5 STARS


I also read an ARC of The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez. This is another one that everyone has been raving about. Y'all know I'm forever on the hunt for a good romance, so I was excited about this book. I really really liked it. There were parts of it that I didn't love, but I thought it was an engaging and cute romance with a heavier theme. Highly recommend! It comes out in June. :)

Rating: 4 STARS



I also read RS Grey's newest book, Make Me bad. RS Grey is a romance writer that I love. She write funny love stories that always make quick reads, which is something I needed with all the moving this month. While Make Me Bad wasn't my favorite by a long shot, I still enjoyed it. Bonus: her books are free on Kindle Unlimited. My favorites are Anything You Can Do and Not So Nice Guy!

Rating: 3.5 STARS

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Hi friends! If you're keeping up with my house construction posts, you may have noticed that I skipped last week's update-week 23. That's because there wasn't one thing to post. Nothing happened that week. *sigh* We are so incredibly close right now and it's become the slowest part of the entire process. We had a lot of progress this week compared to the previous week and if the countertops go in on Tuesday like the granite guy assures me they will, then hopefully this time next week I will be moving in. Hopefully! 

Let's look back at my house construction to do list from two weeks ago:

*carpet bonus room
*install cabinets
*finish plumbing
*touch up paint
*finish electrical (lights above vanity mirrors)
*install countertops

The plumbing and electrical won't be finished until the countertops are in, but my contractor says everything should be finished up next week. Y'all don't know how much I hope that's true. I am so tired of all my stuff packed up and store away. I can't find anything I need! I'm ready to have everything in its place and be settled!

Here's some pictures from week 24 of my house construction process:

I purchased my appliances back during the Black Friday sales and Lowes held them for me until they were ready to be installed. They were delivered yesterday, which was so exciting! You can read all about which appliances I chose here

They got the kitchen cabinets installed on Monday. I really like them. After seeing them in the house, I do wish I had went with the extra white paint color instead of "brownstone white" I thought extra white would have been too neon white, but I actually think it would have matched the wall and door color better. The cabinets look a bit creamer than I wanted, but I don't dislike it enough to change it. I think it'll look good when I get everything out and decorate. :)

The glass doors are in the wrong place and have to be moved. They should be on the far right.


I just love the refrigerator! I had a side by side in my first house and my mom has a side by side right now, and I quickly learned that I was not a fan of that style! I much prefer the freezer on the bottom. 

The washer and dryer! I have a cabinet guy coming by next week to look at this room and see about cabinets. I want a built in around the washer and dryer to hide the back because it's very visible with the door being right beside it. I also want cabinets put in above it. 

The stove <3

And one more look at the refrigerator. They can't install the dishwasher until the countertops are in and the plumbing is done. I'm excited to see it though! :)


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Okay, I'm hoping for one more week of house construction posts, y'all! One more week! Everything is coming together and aside from cabinets, everything that still needs to be done is minor. In my eyes anyways LOL Cabinets were suppose to go in on Friday, but they backed it up to Monday, so fingers crossed that it happens early next week. They got the stairs done, water connected to the house, the garage door installed, breakfast nook bench seating done, and the carpet put in in the upstairs bedrooms.

They still have to:

*carpet bonus room
*install cabinets
*finish plumbing
*touch up paint
*finish electrical (lights above vanity mirrors)

Other than that, we are good to go! Here's what the twenty-second week of my house construction process looked like:

Monday
The walkway would be poured the next day, so I had to mark off where I wanted it.

The hot water heater was delivered.

And also the toilets

They started staining the pieces for the stairs.

They got the transom in. Isn't it so pretty? I just love it!


Tuesday

They installed this vanity for the half bath and got the water connected! For the master bath and upstairs bath, the cabinet guy is making the vanity, but for this little half bath I just bought one at Lowes.

Toilets are in!


Faucets are in, but not working yet. The plumber will connect everything when the cabinets are installed.

Hot water heater is installed.

Walkway is poured.



Wednesday
Stairs are starting.



Thursday
Stairs complete!


They added a bench seat for my breakfast nook and I just LOVE it!

The garage door is installed!



It was a VERY successful week and I am BEYOND ready to move in! :) :)


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Friends, I have such exciting news today! If you follow my reading adventures, you'll know my favorite book of 2018 was Hannah Mary McKinnon's book, The Neighbors.

Out of almost 100 books that I read in 2018, this one takes the cake! You can read about my favorite books from last year here.


I am so excited about Hannah's upcoming book, Her Secret Son. 



Here's the synopsis:

How far would you go to protect the ones you love…when they may not be yours to protect?

When Josh’s longtime partner, Grace, dies in a tragic accident, he is left with a mess of grief—and full custody of her seven-year-old son, Logan. While not his biological father, Josh has been a dad to Logan in every way that counts, and with Grace gone, Logan needs him more than ever.

Wanting to do right by Logan, Josh begins the process of becoming his legal guardian—something that seems suddenly urgent, though Grace always brushed it off as an unnecessary formality. But now, as Josh struggles to find the paperwork associated with Logan’s birth, he begins to wonder whether there were more troubling reasons for Grace’s reluctance to make their family official.
As he digs deeper into the past of the woman he loved, Josh soon finds that there are many dark secrets to uncover, and that the truth about where Logan came from is much more sinister than he could have imagined…
Tightly paced and brimming with tension, Her Secret Son is a heartbreakingly honest portrait of a family on the edge of disaster and a father desperate to hold on to the boy who changed his life.

You can add it to your Goodreads TBR here. And while you're there, add me as a friend!
There's even a book trailer that is soooo good!



I cannot wait for May 28th! Be sure and check out (and read!) Hannah Mary McKinnon's other book The Neighbors and then come chat with me about that explosive ending. I promise you-you have never read an ending like this one!



Y'all, February was a fabulous reading month for me. I read so many wonderful stories during the second month of 2019-especially romances. Romance is my favorite genre, but last year definitely wasn't big on romance stories for me. I'm hoping this year continues like it did this month because I read some swoon worthy stories that I can't wait to share with y'all!

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I started off the month with an ARC of the first book in Lauren Layne's upcoming series, The Central Park Pact. Lauren reached out on Instagram and told me she was sending a copy my way and I almost died, y'all! LL is my favorite romance author, and I am so honored that she sent me a copy of this book. I LOVED it so much. It was such a sweet story about a girl who moves into an apartment on Park Avenue and her next door neighbor turns out to be a boy she knew when she was little. The Anne of Green Gables and Gilbert references are perfection. Don't you just love that storyline? Passion on Park Avenue comes out in May. They just released the cover for the second book, Love on Lexington Lane, and it is gorgeous!

Release Date: May 28

Rating: 5 out of 5 STARS


I read The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory last year and was less than impressed with it. The Prospal wasn't on my radar, but when I saw it was available on Book of the Month, I decided to get it because I had a few extra credits, and I thought maybe it would be better than the first one. It sat on my shelf until Reese Witherspoon announced it as her book club pick, which was enough to make me move it to the front of the TBR pile! I sadly felt the same way about this one as I did with The Wedding Date. I just don't understand the hype with this book. I didn't connect with the characters and never became invested with the romance. This was not a favorite of the month for me. 

Rating: 2 out of 5 STARS


Gallery books sent me a copy of Christina Lauren's upcoming book, The Unhoneymooners, which comes out in May. Y'all this story was SO swoon worthy. It's officially my second favorite Christina Lauren book-Love and Other Words is my absolute favorite. This one is about a maid of honor and best man who go on the bride and groom's honeymoon because the rest of the wedding party-including the bride and groom-get sick with food poisoning. 

Release Date: May 19th

Rating: 5 out of 5 STARS


Meet Cute has been on my TBR since I first discovered it. Helena Hunting has written a lot of other books, but the only one I've read is Good Luck Charm. It was okay, but I didn't love it. I wanted to read this one because of the synopsis AND the cover. I mean, how cute is that cover? Y'all, this book is the closest thing I've read to The Hating Game (one of my all time favorites). It is the cutest, sweetest, most swoon worthy story about a girl and guy who meet in law school and then reconnect years later when the guy's parents die and leave him in charge of his 13 year old sister. I found myself grinning and smiling and literally laughing out loud at parts-just like The Hating Game.

Release Date: April 9

Rating: 5 out of 5 STARS


I took a break from all my nonstop romance books and threw in a thriller for this month. Sally Hepworth has done it again! I was a bit worried about this one because the synopsis didn't sound like something I would like. But it's Sally Hepworth, so of course I'm going to read it. Oh man, was I wrong! This is the perfect blend of thriller and more just general fiction. I had so many theories about what happened, but I ended up never guessing the end. I loved the characters in this book-even though they were all very flawed. It's just such a good story! Highly recommend!

Release Date: April 23

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 STARS


February 12 has been marked in my calendar for the longest because that's when the third book in Lauren Layne's Wall Street series was released. Two LL books in the same month?? Score! This book featured Kennedy and Kate, which have been my favorite characters in this series. Each book features a different character, but the same characters are in every book-I love those types of books. This one was so fun and sweet. My favorite of the series! If you want to start at the beginning, check out Hot Asset. :)

Release Date: already available on Kindle; Paperback- April 23

Rating: 5 out of 5 STARS


My favorite book of the year so far. Y'all Waiting for Tom Hanks was the best story! It's about a girl who is obsessed with rom coms. When a movie comes to film in her small town, she bumps into the star and falls in love. It's so swoon worthy! :)

Release Date: June 11

Rating: 5 out of 5 STARS


Our bookclub pick for February was Sophie Kinsella's newest release, I Owe You One. It wasn't my favorite Sophie Kinsella book, but I did enjoy! It's about a girl named Fixie who lets her family and a jerk named Ryan run all over her. She meets Seb, the owner of a huge business, in a coffee shop and saves his laptop from being destroyed. In return, he gives her an IOU, which turns into multiple favors back and forth. It was funny, but the main character is SO frustrating! You spend the entire book yelling at her to stop making stupid choices. The ending was wonderful though and bumped it up an entire star for me. I definitely think this one is worth the read! 

Rating: 4 out of 5 STARS

I didn't plan it, but the majority of the books I read this month were early releases. I'm so thankful for Gallery Books, Random House, Forever Publishing, and St. Martin's Press for sending me these books. It didn't affect my opinion on the books at all.

Check out all of the books I read last year here.








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