When the Lusitania sank, one survivor became a changed man, giving up his life as a petty thief – but keeping the small silver statue he lifted, a family heirloom to future generations. Now, nearly a century later, that priceless heirloom, one of a long-separated set of three, has been stolen. And Malachi, Gideon, and Rebecca Sullivan are determined to recover their great-great-grandfather’s treasure, reunite the Three Fates, and make their fortune.
The quest will take them from their home in Ireland to Helsinki, Prague, and New York, where they will meet a brilliant scholar who will aid them in their hunt – and an ambitious woman who will stop at nothing to acquire the Fates.
It’s February and due to my love of the genre, I’m focusing this month on the romance genre! I would be remiss if I didn’t include of the greats of the genre, so here is my Long Lost Review of one of my favourite Nora Roberts books.
Three Fates was a double whammy for me, I love romance novels but I also have an interest in Greek Mythology. Of the gods, the ones that were always a favourite of mine were the Moirae, or the Three Fates. So this book not only combine my love of romance and mythology but also featured my favourite goddesses!
Blurb: A free-spirited baker becomes the best kind of mess in her uptight landlord’s perfectly ordered life in this next installment of the Off Guard series by Katie Ruggle writing as Katie Allen
Leah loves everything about her bakery—the heavenly smells, the satisfaction of feeding people and, of course, unlimited cookies. The only thing she doesn’t like is her uptight landlord’s daily visits. Sure, the man’s drop-dead gorgeous, but for someone with an insatiable taste for treats, he’s anything but sweet.
Army vet Hamilton knows he comes off as rigid. He just can’t seem to bite his tongue around Leah—he might be a virgin but he can imagine a dozen better ways to use his mouth. But when the woman he considers absolutely delicious is threatened by an unwanted admirer, Hamilton intervenes, captivating Leah with his softer side.
Now the man Leah couldn’t avoid is swiftly becoming the one she can’t resist. Unrelenting temptation soon overwhelms them both, leading to an indulgence in everything they’ve been craving. But when past actions bring a fallout neither imagined, they’ll be forced to confront whether their affair is half-baked—or something to savor forever.
Length: 340 pages.
Series: Off Guard #2.
Genre: Romance. Erotica.
Read as an: eBook.
I loved it!
From start to beginning, I was in love with this book. The characters, the plot, and the baking all combined to make this a really enjoyable read that already has me wanting to give it a re-read.
My library is currently running a three month long Crime Fiction event and I am hating it 😛 I don’t like crime, murder, or mystery stories and I gotta say after two months worth of crime content, I am done.
So ROMANCE MONTH! Look forward to lots of Smut Lovers Reading Group features, a loved up Long Lost Review, and an amorous Anticipated Arrival. Hopefully you enjoy the posts and aren’t as opposed to romance as I am to crime. I mean, who can say no to happy endings?
Blurb: Get your personal and career goals in shape with You Goal, Girl!
There’s no better feeling than when you complete a task and get to check it off your to-do list, right? This goal-setting workbook combines that feeling of productivity with the motivation you need to actually get stuff done. You Goal, Girl is a personal tool kit for making your goals a reality.
With this guided workbook, you will design your own goals and break them down into small, actionable steps. Because it’s not enough to simply write down your goals and call it a day, prompts, tips, and worksheets help to determine and then track your goal’s progress every step of the way, in addition to providing plenty of space to capture doodles, notes, and brainstorms. Included in this action-oriented workbook are:
Habit-tracking and reflection pages to measure progress
Gratitude logs to stay positive
Daily and weekly prompts to help you self-assess
You Goal, Girl is designed to help plan, track, and achieve your most important goals– because you absolutely deserve the life you want, you just have to put in the work!
Release Date: 11th December, 2018.
Length: 188 pages.
Series: The Totally Approachable, Not-Scary Guides.
Genre: Self Help. Non-Fiction.
Read as an: eBook.
My Thoughts: You Goal, Girl is a really great motivational and inspirational workbook. Set out as a resource to (potentially) last a year, You Goal, Girl, encourages readers to define goals, set plans, maintain your progress, and re-evaluate. What sets this book aside from others of the self-help market is the engaging and approachable way in which the book is written.
Due to such a great response to my Book Bingo Post, I thought I would share the love and post a blank Bingo Card for people to use.
To use this card, all you need to do is click the image, ‘Save image as,’ and then go to town filling in the blanks. There are many different ways you can edit this image, if you have the software you can use the Adobe Creative Suite, use Canva which is free and in browser, or simply pop it into paint and add text to your hearts content.
If you do use the below blank card, be sure to let me know! I’d love to see what you’re challenging yourself with this year!
It’s that time of year again! Reading challenges were met, I’ve finished reading Christmas themed romances, and now I am looking to the new year. I figured that since I focused on my Comfort Zone Challenge last year, I would go back to Book Bingo this year.
I had a fun time trying to expand upon my last Book Bingo Card and really challenge myself. I did find last time though, that I was struggling to fill the spaces as I wasn’t really looking forward to reading books that would fit the squares, so this time I made sure to give myself wiggle room.
Squares such as Shifters, Western Romance, Sports, Fae, and Paranormal are all kind of vague. This vagueness and lack of specificity should help me keep my motivation throughout the year as I can easily find books to my taste to fit those genres.
If you are wondering, MC means Main Character and Poly Romance is referring to a polyamorous relationship.
If anyone is interested in using this bingo card, go ahead. I only ask that you attribute the blog if you post it anywhere 🙂 You should look forward to sporadic updates about my progress as the year proceeds. As always, happy reading!
I have a few things that I would like to get done in 2019 and since I like making lists, I thought I would share them with you all. I really want to focus on getting things done that I have been putting off for ages – a lot of these things are ones I’ve previously started or got half way through and then gave up. So 2019 is the year of the reread – rewatch – and the replay.
It’s not like I have enough to read as it is, I want to go back and give a bunch of series a reread. They’re either ones that I never finished or ones from my childhood that I want to see if they hold up.
I have so many games that I am half way through and really need to finish. I have a tendency to not finish a game even though I am really near the end because I think I need to keep playing and experiencing more of the story.
Mass Effect 3 – my save file from Mass Effect 2 corrupted 😥 and I need to go back and play the last boss battle to get it back. It was such a blow that I haven’t been back but I just really love the series and need to finish it!
Initially I had only challenged myself to 40 books but each time I hit that number I increased the number. So here we are at a total of 81 books out of 70. I am pretty sure I’m going to extra super duper challenge myself in 2019, and try and hit 100 books.
The last couple of years I haven’t really been using Goodreads as much, nor updating all of the books I have read, so it was great fun making sure that I maintained my record for the whole year.
2018 has been a great year for reading. I have enjoyed a lot of books but of them there have been a few that have really stood out. The majority of the books selected are ones that I haven’t been able to get out of my head, my mind has been drawn back to the stories or characters of the books.
Check out the below ‘quick picks’ of some of my favourite books from 2018.
While I didn’t rate the book five stars, I did enjoy it a lot. Throughout the year I have kept returning to it and thinking about the storytelling. The Darkest Part of the Forest has renewed my interest in not only Holly Black but stories that feature Fae.
Quick reasons why I love the book:
The Story: The idea of the boy in the coffin that has been there for years and the town that is on the borders of the supernatural was just great. I keep thinking about how effortlessly I was pulled into this story.
The characters: I really enjoyed the characters and the siblings in this book. The way in which the story ends with the protector, the lover, and the prince, was so great. Also loving the QUILTBAG representation.