Adult Fiction, Romance

Mika In Real Life by Emiko Jean

Ages 18+

Thirty-five-year-old Mika’s life is in shambles after her recent breakup, she just got fired, and on top of that, her roommate might be a hoarder. Not only is she disappointed in herself, but so is her traditional Japanese mother. Then everything changes when she receives a phone call from Penny, the daughter she gave up for adoption 16 years ago. Penny is determined to create a relationship with her mother, and by the same token, Mika wants to be someone Penny is proud of. What starts out as a little lie becomes so much of a fabrication that Mika struggles to keep her story straight as time goes on. Can she continue the stories and keep Penny in her life or will she lose the one thing that matters most to her? 

Memoirs, Nonfiction

Tell Me Everything by Erika Krouse

Ages 18+

This book is part memoir and part true crime, and hooked me right from the beginning. Krouse has one of those faces; the kind of face that makes people – complete strangers – come right out and tell her their darkest secrets. She has no idea why, and doesn’t know what to do about it, until the day she meets Grayson, a lawyer who also tells her a secret…and then asks her to work for him as a private investigator. Her first case is a big one, and she’s determined to crack it wide open.    

Memoirs, Nonfiction

Corrections In Ink by Keri Blakinger

Ages 18+

Perfect for fans of Orange Is the New Black (the book or the show), Corrections In Ink is Blakinger’s memoir about her experience as a competitive figure skater and her time in prison. Once she stopped skating, she got into all kinds of trouble, and finally got arrested by the cops for it, ultimately spending time behind bars for two years. Upon her release, Blakinger became a reporter and dedicated her career to exposing the flaws in our prison system. 

Adult Fiction

Yinka, Where Is Your Huzband? by Lizzie Damilola Blackburn

Ages 18+

Yinka is still single in her thirties, and her Nigerian aunties are dying to find her a husband. Some of her friends think she’s too traditional in that she’s saving herself for marriage, and others tell her she *needs* to get over her ex, stat! Yinka believes she will find her love when the time is right, and she takes comfort in that. However, when her cousin Rachel announces her engagement, Yinka becomes frazzled and focuses on finding a date for the wedding. Will she find someone in time? 

Adult Fiction, Humor

Class Mom by Laurie Gelman

Ages 18+

Jen Dixon has two college-aged daughters by two different fathers, and a son, Max, in kindergarten. She is his class mom, and she is all set to kick butt at it. Her snarky emails and wise-crack comebacks don’t make her popular with the other moms, but makes for a relatable mom and a character in general.  Class Mom is the first in this series about Jen and the gang, and it’s laugh-out-loud funny!  

Adult Fiction, Mystery

The Forgotten Girl by Daco S. Auffenorde

Ages 18+

Blue Bishop wakes up in a hospital bed after being in a coma and knows nothing about herself but her first name. Eventually she learns that she fell from a fourth floor hotel window. But did she really fall or was she pushed? She is determined to find this and lots more answers in the following days and beyond. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Blue didn’t gain her memory back for most of the book which is usually not the case for these types of books, at least in my experience. I was kept guessing until the end. The book was fast-paced and intriguing! I look forward to reading more from Ms. Auffenorde in the future. 

Thanks to the author for a review copy of this book.

Adult Fiction, ARC Reviews, Romance

It’s Better This Way by Debbie Macomber

Ages 18+

It's Better This Way

Six years ago, Julia Jones’ husband cheated on her, leaving her divorced and heartbroken. Her two daughters took her side, of course, but don’t talk to their father. Now, Julia meets and fancies Heath Johnson, a handsome new resident in her building. Can she mend her broken heart and move on?

Thanks to Netgalley for a review copy of this book.

ARC Reviews, Middle Grade Fiction

Hazel Bly and the Deep Blue Sea by Ashley Herring Blake

Grades 4 – 6

Hazel Bly and the Deep Blue Sea

Hazel has a pretty perfect life with a loving family, but when a kayaking trip goes horribly wrong and her Mum ends up dead, she, her little sister Peach and her other mother, Mama, are looking for something new. They move around a lot and don’t stay in one place for long. They then end up in Rose Harbor, Maine for the summer and Mama runs into an old childhood friend named Claire. Hazel and Peach are forced to make friends with Claire’s daughter and the two older girls go to summer camp together, the last thing Hazel wants to do. Can she make it work or will this be the worst summer yet? 

Thanks to Netgalley for a review copy of this book.

Adult Fiction, ARC Reviews, Romance

While We Were Dating by Jasmine Guillory

Ages 18+

While We Were Dating (The Wedding Date, #6)

We follow Ben and Anna as they begin as colleagues and end as lovers in this sweet and steamy romance by Jasmine Guillory. Anna Gardiner is an up and coming actress trying to make a name for herself, and when Ben swoops in to help her in a family emergency, they become close quickly. But as with anything in Hollywood, will their romance last?  

Thanks to Netgalley for a review copy of this book.

Adult Fiction, ARC Reviews, Romance

Nine Lives by Danielle Steel

Ages 18+

Nine Lives

A tragic, enthralling novel, Danielle Steel’s latest pulls at your heartstrings. Maggie’s life is full of men who like danger, starting with her father and her brother, growing up. Then she finds herself attracted to a boy in high school who is also drawn to danger. Will she ever escape them and learn to live with the loss that comes with it?

Thanks to Netgalley for a review copy of this book.