WWW Wednesdays (6.27.18)

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What are you currently reading?

I have been on hiatus since April 8th, and I stopped posting for WWW a couple weeks before that because I wasn’t making any headway with books. A LOT has happened since then that you can read about here, but I am now ready to come back to my blog and to reading. That’s right – I haven’t read anything since I picked up Unmasking Juliet in March, and I never finished it. I still remember the premise of the book and what I’ve read so far (which wasn’t much). I AM going to finish this book and start a new one by next week’s WWW. Promise!

Ever since she was a little girl learning to make decadent truffles in her family’s chocolate shop, Juliet Arabella has been aware of the bitter feud between the Arabellas and the Mezzanottes. With their rival chocolate boutiques on the same street in Napa Valley, these families never mix. Until one night, when Juliet anonymously attends the annual masquerade ball. In a moonlit vineyard, she finds herself falling for a gorgeous stranger, a man who reminds her what passion is like outside of the kitchen. But her bliss is short-lived when she discovers her masked prince is actually Leo Mezzanotte, newly returned from Paris and the heir to her archenemy’s confection dynasty. 

With her mind in a whirl, Juliet leaves for Italy to represent the Arabellas in a prestigious chocolate competition. The prize money will help her family’s struggling business, and Juliet figures it’s a perfect opportunity to forget Leo…only to find him already there and gunning for victory. As they compete head-to-head, Leo and Juliet’s fervent attraction boils over. But Juliet’s not sure whether to trust her adversary, or give up on the sweetest love she’s ever tasted.


 What did you just finish reading?

The only major thing I’ve read since picking up Unmasking Juliet has been my state’s standardized testing manual. And I get to read it not once, but twice! Today I am administering the 3rd and final administration for the 8th grade students for reading. I’ve had these yahoos for the past two-and-a-half weeks and I hope the things we’ve taught them take root. Most of them only missed passing by 1, 2, or 3 questions!!


What do you think you’ll read next?

These were the books on my list at last check, and I don’t know if I’ll read these ones next or not. I probably will read Cactus Rose and Help Yourself next, but I might mix it up after that. 


 How about you? What are you reading this week?

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WWW Wednesdays (3.7.18)

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This is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. To join in answer the following three questions and hop over to Sam’s and leave your link.


What are you currently reading?

I haven’t started it yet, but I’m going to read Unmasking Juliet next. It is cute and meets one of my letters I struggle with a little for my alphabet challenge.

Ever since she was a little girl learning to make decadent truffles in her family’s chocolate shop, Juliet Arabella has been aware of the bitter feud between the Arabellas and the Mezzanottes. With their rival chocolate boutiques on the same street in Napa Valley, these families never mix. Until one night, when Juliet anonymously attends the annual masquerade ball. In a moonlit vineyard, she finds herself falling for a gorgeous stranger, a man who reminds her what passion is like outside of the kitchen. But her bliss is short-lived when she discovers her masked prince is actually Leo Mezzanotte, newly returned from Paris and the heir to her archenemy’s confection dynasty. 

With her mind in a whirl, Juliet leaves for Italy to represent the Arabellas in a prestigious chocolate competition. The prize money will help her family’s struggling business, and Juliet figures it’s a perfect opportunity to forget Leo…only to find him already there and gunning for victory. As they compete head-to-head, Leo and Juliet’s fervent attraction boils over. But Juliet’s not sure whether to trust her adversary, or give up on the sweetest love she’s ever tasted.


 What did you just finish reading?

I finished A Devil in Scotland. It had a strong influence of family and loyalty. I really enjoyed seeing the family side of things. While Callum and his wolf Waya are their own pack, his wee bairn of a niece adds herself, her little mop of a dog Reginald, and her mother to the pack. This rag-tag group was so fun to see interact and just enjoyable. The other side of the plot was mystery and intrigue and suspicion and murder. DANGER. I thought I had everything figured out – as did Callum – I just didn’t know how things would play out. The plot was crafted perfectly. It didn’t drag or lag and it didn’t feel like feeler just to make the book longer. Each interaction regarding the MacCreath family inheritance and Sanderson’s shipping played a vital role in the plot development.

I did agree with Rebecca that she was very naive. I felt she was more naive than most. How did she not suspect something afoot with a brooding husband for six months who then storms out in a phaeton – not a covered carriage – in the worst storm in years? A prolific swimmer who drowns in waist-deep water? Come on! While Rebecca had grit and fire, she did seem to be a bit of a bunny.


What do you think you’ll read next?

I have a great list for spring break reading!


 How about you? What are you reading this week?

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WWW Wednesdays (2.28.18)

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This is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. To join in answer the following three questions and hop over to Sam’s and leave your link.


What are you currently reading?

It has been over a month since I did my last WWW post! I can hardly believe it. I have been so busy, and then when I wasn’t I hadn’t really made any reading progress, so I didn’t think I should post. But since the last time…

I am currently reading A Devil in Scotland. I just started it Sunday night, so I haven’t gotten too terribly far into it.

1806, Scotland: Wild, reckless Callum MacCreath is in no hurry to become someone’s husband. But when his responsible, steady older brother Ian announces his engagement to their childhood friend Rebecca, Callum makes a startling discovery: he wants the lovely young lass for himself. But it’s too late, and when Ian banishes him for his duplicity, he’s only too happy to leave Scotland forever…

1816: Marrying Ian was the practical, logical thing for Becca to do. But once Callum sailed away to America, she missed his rakish charm and lust for life. Now, ten years later, Becca is a widow when a much-changed Callum returns to his Scottish homeland.


 What did you just finish reading?

I finished A Wedding at Two Love Lane by Kieran Kramer. I didn’t like how the first one turned out, and I can’t help but find myself looking an the implausibility of this next installment. I flew through Five Days, Five Kisses by Angela Carling right before Valentine’s Day. It was light and fun. I devoured The Rogue is Back in Town when I had the time to read, and quickly moved on to Wallflower Most Wanted. I am happy to say I am moving right along in my challenges and I am on track with my Goodreads goal and my Reading Assignment challenge. I wish I was a little further ahead with my NetGalley goal, but I plan to catch up in March.


What do you think you’ll read next?

Do you ever feel you get stuck in a rut when you read the exact same genre over and over? I’ve been reading quite a bit of historical romance in the last year, so I’m going to switch gears slightly and read from a few different genres.  I also want to get to some of the harder letters of the alphabet, especially since I’ve already duplicated W several times for my alphabet challenge. All of these count for my NetGalley goal, too.


 How about you? What are you reading this week?

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WWW Wednesdays (1.24.18)

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This is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. To join in answer the following three questions and hop over to Sam’s and leave your link.


What are you currently reading?

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I just started A Wedding at Two Love Lane by Kieran Kramer late last week, so I’m still around chapter 7 or so. With UIL competitions coming up next week, I am not leaving school until 7-9 pm. Add an hour drive home and I don’t get much accomplished once I get there.

So far I am liking this second installment in the Two Love Lane series. The jury is still out with Ford and all his ex’s drama, which I don’t believe is actually true. I am dying to know how that side of the story works out and if I’m right!


 What did you just finish reading?

I finished One True Pairing. It seemed like it took forever, and it kind of did. It was because of the formatting and I know that because I flew through Game of Hearts, which is the latest book in the series. My reviews are scheduled for right around Valentine’s Day because that’s how it all worked out. There is a novella out there but I will probably read it this summer.


What do you think you’ll read next?

These are the next three I want to finish up before February is out. I’m not sure which one I’ll start with, but I hope I can get through them a little quicker with UIL being over. I have read at least one other book in each of these series.


 How about you? What are you reading this week?

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WWW Wednesdays (1.17.18)

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This is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. To join in answer the following three questions and hop over to Sam’s and leave your link.


What are you currently reading?

I am about to finish One True Pairing by Cathy Yardley. I was hoping to have it finished by Monday night so I could also have the next book in the series read by today, but things just didn’t work out that way.

This one also has the premise of a female character going out on a limb and helping someone else, but it is totally different than the first book in the series. I’m not sure how I feel about things now that the book is starting to wrap up and I am thinking back on certain events.


 What did you just finish reading?

Nada, enchilada.


What do you think you’ll read next?

Next I’m going to finish off the Fandom Hearts series with Game of Hearts before moving on to A Wedding at Two Love Lane by Kieran Kramer.


 How about you? What are you reading this week?

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WWW Wednesdays (1.10.18)

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This is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. To join in answer the following three questions and hop over to Sam’s and leave your link.


What are you currently reading?

On Monday night I started my new book, One True Pairing by Cathy Yardley. It is the second book in the Fandom Hearts series. I read Level Up at the end of 2015 and I thought that was going to be the only book. I’m glad there are more! I’m still not too terribly far into this one, but so far I am intrigued by Hailey’s attitude and why she has developed the life rules she has.

They couldn’t be more opposite, the Hollywood actor and the hometown girl, but all they need is a little convention magic to become the perfect ship in Cathy Yardley’s One True Pairing.

Jake Reese needs a decoy girlfriend. Fast. The lead actor of the popular TV show, Mystics, is tired of losing his shirt to overeager fans. Literally. Which is why a chance meeting with gothabilly bookworm-slash-barista Hailey Frost seems almost too perfect to be true. Hailey is not impressed with his TV fame and is desperate to save her family’s bookstore. It’s a match made in Hollywood, but as the two pretend to date, fan fiction becomes reality. Can this OTP become canon?


 What did you just finish reading?

I was in the perfect kind of small town dysfunctional heaven with Saturdays at Sweeney’s. There is so much that happens in this book. As I was thinking about it one day after finishing it, there is no main character. Each of the family members has their own spotlights throughout the book. There were a wide range of events happening and packaged all in this book with the cute cover: a family’s battle living with Alzheimer’s, the family business being destroyed, family secrets, alcoholism and recovery, drug abuse and therapy, younger generations starting their college pathways, a strange mystery of occurrences, and a sleazy tabloid writer. It didn’t shy away from those hard topics – it faced them head-on. Each of the Sweeney sisters had their own secret to hide and each of those things continued to build up the tension and draw out the suspense. I definitely want to go back and read the first four books in the series.


What do you think you’ll read next?

Next I’m going to finish off the Fandom Hearts series with Game of Hearts before moving on to A Wedding at Two Love Lane by Kieran Kramer.


 How about you? What are you reading this week?

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WWW Wednesdays (1.3.18)

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This is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. To join in answer the following three questions and hop over to Sam’s and leave your link.


What are you currently reading?

I skipped last week’s post, and I almost skipped this week’s too. It is much delayed since I’ve been working on my End of Year Survey and Challenges of 2018 posts.

I’m currently reading Saturday at Sweeney’s. I just started it yesterday morning while The Man took Cera to the vet. Baby and I stayed in bed all cuddled up and I read the first five chapters. It is getting good! This is a review book for Kimba’s tour company, and I thought it would be a great book to start the year off with and mark off my list. I was shocked to realize it’s the final book in the series and the first one I’ve read!

When the seafood business Lovie Sweeney established sixty years ago is destroyed by fire, she finds herself at the center of an arson investigation. What really happened that night? Is Lovie responsible for starting the fire or is her family under attack from a sworn enemy?

The loss of their family business leaves the Sweeney clan in flux. Samantha faces the challenges of rebuilding the market while her son, Jamie, on track to graduate from college in six months, must decide whether to make his permanent home in Prospect or move to Charleston where a new special someone resides. At age forty-five, Faith, who has never fully recovered from an abusive marriage, is on a quest to find her true passion? Jackie is distraught when her son, Sean, flunks out of college and struggles to find direction in his life without his twin brother to guide him. A medical diagnosis brings the sisters closer together and threatens to change family dynamics forever.

The Sweeney women remind us that it’s never too late to begin a new endeavor and to never stop chasing your dreams until you draw your last breath.


 What did you just finish reading?

I started my holiday break with The Duke and Miss Christmas. It was a novella and the shortest book of the year for me. It was a very fast read, funny and fun. Gwen Prim ends up attacking Crispin, a duke, with her basket of mistletoe in the woods and things go on from there.

I did finish reading Christmas at Seashell Cottage like I had wanted to, but then I moved on from holiday books. I fell in love with the town of Jewell Cove and I was falling in love with the story and the characters until some very childish, manufactured drama turned up. It was seriously like watching a high school couple fight about being together and then break up and then fight about not being together and get back together and then fight about not being together and break up again. I feel like something got lost a little somewhere in there and wished it had only happened once. It dampened my enjoyment of the book overall.

My last book of 2017 was To the Duke, With Love. This is the second in the Rakes of St. James series. I did read the first book and loved it. I was expecting so much from this next book. It fell flat for me. I didn’t buy that the primary couple actually fell in love. It was very much an “I want you” situation with a great imbalance of financials. I did enjoy the encounters with the street urchin, Farley. He’s quick witted!


What do you think you’ll read next?

Next I’m going to read One True Pairing followed by Game of Hearts, both by Cathy Yardley. They are the second and third books in her Fandom Hearts series. Then it will be A Wedding at Two Love Lane by Kieran Kramer. It is the second in her Two Love Lane series and I’m hoping I like it more than I did the first book.


 How about you? What are you reading this week?

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WWW Wednesdays (Dec 20)

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This is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. To join in answer the following three questions and hop over to Sam’s and leave your link.


What are you currently reading?

I’m going to read one more Christmas book…and maybe one more if I can squeeze two in and finish them before Christmas. 🙂 I am starting this one today.

Crispin, the Duke of Hurst, has never met a woman he couldn’t handle—until he’s hit over the head with a basketful of mistletoe by a young lady who mistakes his intentions. When he gets into a tussle with her—and she can hold her own—Crispin knows he has finally met his match.

Miss Gwen Prim is mortified that she attacked a duke, but even more concerning is the way her resolve melts when she’s near him. She’s never felt this way about a London gentleman in her life. And with the magic of Christmas in the air, she may end up with a proposal she didn’t expect…


 What did you just finish reading?

I completely forgot I read The Best Christmas Pageant Ever with my Impact class this month! We just finished it last week and yesterday all my kids finally finished up their tests over it! It’s hard to take their AR tests when 29 kids have to share 3 Chromebooks and school’s internet has been screwy lately. They LOVED it. One of my kids enjoyed it so much he and his mom went online and found that it was eventually turned into a series (20 years later) and there are two additional books about the Herdmans! I went online last night and bought all three books for myself for at home. 🙂

I also finished reading The Christmas Cowboy Hero, which I’ve noticed is very popular right now. For once I seem to have the jump on everyone else. This one is set in Texas on a large cattle ranch, so the setting was very familiar. I enjoyed the book so much. Look for my review next week!


What do you think you’ll read next?

If I can pull it off, I do want to read Christmas at Seashell Cottage and Christmas at Evergreen Inn next. I think I might even after Christmas just to finish the two so I can definitely say Donna Alward is my most read author for the year.


 How about you? What are you reading this week?

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WWW Wednesdays (Dec 13)

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This is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. To join in answer the following three questions and hop over to Sam’s and leave your link.


What are you currently reading?

I was busy with too many late nights to get up my post last week, and my reading was SUPER slim. Embarrassing, really.

I picked up a new read, still in the Christmas vein. I just randomly picked the next new book back through my carousel on my Kindle, and this was it. It is set in a small Texas town with a big family ranch, so it is very familiar to me. The book opens with the younger teen brother of the MC getting arrested for cattle rustling. Seventy cattle are still missing, many ready to calve, in addition to a prize bull. Theft total coming to $275,000. It gets better and better from there!


 What did you just finish reading?

I am embarrased that this is the first book I’ve finished for December. I literally have been reading two pages or so at a time each night before passing out. Like, how? I adored this book all along the way but there was just no time anywhere. Hopefully, I have that behind me now.

This was such a cute and sweet and Christmas read! It’s great for all readers and I highly recommend it! Also, the main setting is a locally-owned bookstore. 🙂


What do you think you’ll read next?

I am going to try to read at least 2-4 more Christmas books and get off my stack before moving on to new reads and calling the rest a wash until next year. I think the next few will be Christmas at Seashell Cottage and Christmas at Evergreen Inn. Donna Alward will be my most-read author this year with something like 5 or more books. These are books 1.5 and 3.5, respectively, in the Jewell Cove series.


 How about you? What are you reading this week?

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WWW Wednesdays (Nov 29)

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This is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. To join in answer the following three questions and hop over to Sam’s and leave your link.


What are you currently reading?

You want to read this book. Trust me. It is set in a cute hometown bookstore, The Busy Bea, and run by a sweet elderly woman named Bea.

I started reading Hope at Christmas over the weekend and I have fallen in love with the MC, Sydney. She is a recent divorcé with a 10-year-old Daddy’s girl. Her daughter is sweet but also selfish. I hope she truly redeems herself throughout the book. Sydney uproots her daughter after much indecision to move her daughter to the town she grew up in with her grandparents, into the house she inherited. The narration about her divorce and the feelings evoked are so raw and a true testament to the betrayal and self-doubt and low self-worth one feels after suffering one of the greatest shatterings of trust one can feel in their life. I have found myself highlighting almost all of those parts. They speak volumes.

I started reading chapter six last night and it was just revealed that something is going to happen to the bookstore Sydney grew up in and has been hired at for holiday help! Noooooooo!

A recently divorced woman and her daughter look for a fresh start by moving to a small town that embraces them in ways that only fate and the magic of Christmas can explain.

Sydney Ragsdale is divorced, but her husband is still calling the shots. In an attempt to shake free from his hold, she and her daughter, Ray Anne, head for tiny Hopewell, NC to the only asset her ex has no control over – a decaying farmhouse that once belonged to her grandparents. She finds solace at The Book Bea, the bookstore she’d loved as a child during her summer stays. 

Kevin MacAlea, Mac to his friends, is the local high school history teacher and baseball coach. Father of a twelve-year-old son, he’s Hopewell, North Carolina’s most sought-after bachelor. His young bride abandoned him and his son just before Christmas and has never come back. It has left his son bitter about Christmas which is hard for Mac who loves the magic of the season. He’s been the Santa here in Hopewell since the year Seth was born. 

But when catastrophe forces The Book Bea to close before the end of the year, everyone in the small town is feeling the loss. While Sydney is already off-balance by the bad news, her ex-husband breaks a promise to their daughter that sends Ray Anne running away. As Sydney tries to figure out what her next steps are she discovers all of the answers are right here in Hopewell.


 What did you just finish reading?

I am so proud that I finished these two books during the Thanksgiving week. I was disappointed when I discovered they are the second and third book in the Cloud Bay series since I recently received both from NetGalley. I wish they would add the option to read the previous books in the series as a courtesy service, especially if it is only the second or third book in the series. Do you agree?

The series follows the three children of a famous rock LEGEND. They are all half-siblings, having only their dad in common. Their father lost his battle with cancer and his band disbanded, but many band members still live on the island where their famous recording studio is located. The entire band is still a family of sorts. Their inheritance was massive, and they continue to receive income from their father’s estate. Enough that each child is a millionaire several times over!

A Season of You is the second book in the series and follows the youngest child. Mina is only 23 and already a widow. She is struggling to make it following the death of her husband. She had the one greatest love of her life and has put the notion of any other man in her life to bed. She wants to make her own way in the world and make something for herself based on her own merit, not based on her world-renowned father’s name. She is secretly painting away furiously in the lighthouse she lives in on the island for an art gallery in L.A. She is using her mother’s maiden name to earn her credit as an artist. She is keeping this a big secret and on the super down-low. She is also ostracized for “not needing to work” and volunteering to work the night shift for the island’s search and rescue program. The mayor definitely has it out for Mina and her sister Faith, who still lives on the island, too, and runs their dad’s company.

No Place Like You is the third book and follows the oldest sibling, Zach. Like Mina, he is struggling to make his own way in the world – in the music world, his father’s domain – under the oppressing weight of his father’s infinite fame. Zach’s band is nowhere near as famous, but they do fairly well in their own right. When his band’s lead announces he is taking a year off, he leaves everyone scrambling with how to minimize damage control and spin this whirlwind disaster in a positive light. With a year’s vacation in his sights and a “not my problem to deal with” attitude, Zach returns home to Cloud Bay for the first time in six years. He plans to use his year to branch out on his own. He wants to continue writing and record his own music using his dad’s private recording studio. The sound engineer for his dad’s label, Leah, offers to help him by producing several of his songs. She really needs the credit as the producer to be considered to produce for other artists. Zach lets the overwhelming feeling of walking in his rock legend father’s footsteps get to him and hold him back, but at the same time, he wants to do everything in his power to launch his new album, even if that means throwing all of Leah’s hard work under the bus. It was so angsty because they both worked SO hard to make this music together. It was painful to watch Leah’s world crumble and her dreams dashed. There’s also a massive fight with one of his dad’s band members! I thought it was a lost cause at that point…but there are always loopholes! 🙂 I enjoyed this book more than A Season of You, but I liked them both.


What do you think you’ll read next?

I am going to read the Donna Alward books next, Christmas at Seashell Cottage and Christmas at Evergreen Inn. She will be my most-read author this year with something like 5 books. These are books 1.5 and 3.5, respectively, in the Jewell Cove series. My NetGalley goal this year was 50 books. After reading these two books, I will be sitting at 31 books for my NG Challenge. I’ve been saying for months that I won’t make it…but I just might. Or come closer than I thought possible. I still want to read at least 10 more NG books before the year is out. Plus, COYER Switch starts December 16 so…I’m going to be reading my tailfeathers off!


 How about you? What are you reading this week?

Leave a comment with your answers! Share the link to your WWW Wednesday post OR leave your answers in the comments if you don’t have a blog. Happy Reading! 🙂