The Lonely Spinsters Club: Willow (Book Two) by Daphne Hargrow Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): How does a woman enjoy the company of a man without committing to a long-term relationship? Easy, love him for ninety days and leave him.

Willow gave up on love a long time ago, but she hasn’t given up on sex. So, to keep her chakras aligned and life force flowing, she abides by her tried-and-true rule: love him for ninety days and leave him. Consequently, she can feed her body while protecting her heart.

Willow’s practice of purposeful detachment serves her well until she sets her sights on Kendall’s friend Josh. Even though Josh expresses interest in Willow, he wants a more traditional relationship than she’s willing to give.

Despite their apparent differences, the universe seems to have other plans for the couple as their lives become increasingly intertwined. When Willow finally decides to follow the universe’s lead, she’s betrayed by her ninety-day rule and must rethink her life plan or face the future alone.

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The Lonely Spinsters Club: Kendall (Book One) by Daphne Hargrow Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): She doesn’t have time for a relationship, but maybe she could swing a one-night stand. After all, he’s just a stripper, so no need to worry about the future… or a broken heart. Kendall has it all: a soaring law career, a bank account filled with cash, and an apartment overlooking the Chicago River. Her life couldn’t get any better; at least that’s what she thinks before she hosts a bachelorette party for her younger cousin, Ruthie. What starts out as a low-key soirée quickly turns onto an evening of debauchery when two strippers show up unexpectedly. During their act, Kendall can’t keep her eyes off the dark and stoic Giovanni. Fuelled by too many Moscow Mules and ignited by the male form, her surprised desire smoulders. With the prodding of her older cousin Freya, Kendall pursues a one-night stand with Gio. But when she realises she wants more, Kendall is forced to re-examine her priorities as well as her lifelong definition of success.

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The Artisan Heart by Dean Mayes Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): Hayden Lushcombe is a brilliant paediatrician living in Adelaide with his wife Bernadette, an ambitious event planner. His life consists of soul-wrenching days at the hospital and tedious evenings attending the lavish parties organised by Bernadette. When an act of betrayal coincides with a traumatic confrontation, Hayden flees Adelaide, his life in ruins. His destination is Walhalla, nestled in Australia’s southern mountains, where he finds his childhood home falling apart. With nothing to return to, he stays, and begins to pick up the pieces of his life by fixing up the house his parents left behind. A chance encounter with a precocious and deaf young girl introduces Hayden to Isabelle Sampi, a struggling artisan baker. While single-handedly raising her daughter, and trying to resurrect a bakery, Isabelle has no time for matters of the heart. Yet the presence of the handsome doctor challenges her resolve. Likewise, Hayden, protective of his own fractured heart, finds something in Isabelle that awakens dormant feelings of his own. As their attraction grows, and the past threatens their chance at happiness, both Hayden and Isabelle will have to confront long-buried truths if they are ever to embrace a future.

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TimeTrap by J.T. Bock Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): Superheroes, adventure, science fiction, pop culture, and romance fuse in J.T. Bock’s third UltraSecurity book TimeTrap.

UltraAgent TimeTrap is hiding out. This peace-loving, universe-traveling hero is tired of fighting Aztec gods, sociopathic scientists, and her reality TV–star mother. She needs a vacation from using her superpower. With comfy slippers and streaming movies, she’s taken refuge with her new boyfriend, Max Martin, in his high-tech, gated home.

Max owes TimeTrap his life. She saved him from a dimensional-jumping kidnapper, and he’s fallen hard for her. He promises to protect her at any cost. Whatever TimeTrap wants, he’ll give her.

But is she really safe with Max?

Because TimeTrap has uncovered a classified project in his basement lab, which shoves her into the clutches of a mysterious organization and a life-sucking entity called the Dark.

A journal that belonged to Max’s deceased grandfather might hold the key to helping TimeTrap. But to decode the mysterious journal, Max must do the unthinkable and embrace the evil energy that threatens both universes. He would do anything to rescue her, but can he win back her trust, or will he become her worst nightmare?

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I Achieved My Goodreads Reading Challenge Goal

I set a goal at the beginning of the year to read 50 books. I just managed to complete my goal by finishing this challenge this month, in December. At the moment I have surpassed my challenge by reading 51 books now!

Its been a very eventful year with changing jobs, moving into our first home and the initial aggravation that comes with moving out so my kind towards the beginning-mid of the year has been focussed elsewhere. However, I’m still really impressed by the amount I have read this year especially because it has been super busy! This year I definitely read more of the books from my backlog from authors and publishers, which is great because my back log is really high and I’m trying my hardest to whittle it down. I love a good challenge and I can’t wait to see how many I can read in 2020 (still not used to saying 2020, it sounds so futuristic!).

Here are the list of the 50 books I read in 2019 for my Goodreads Reading Challenge:

  1. Please Stay: A Brain Bleed, A Life In The Balance, A Love Story by Greg Payan
  2. Eternity’s Echoes by Evan Hirson
  1. The Crimson Heirlooms by Hunter Dennis
  2. Red Sky: Rising by Ben Archer
  3. Befriended: Be Careful Who You Trust… by Ruth O’Neill
  4. The Golden Key by Darlien C. Breeze
  5. Confessions of a Comedian by Kip Addotta
  6. Chronicles of the Anti-Christ by J.M. Harrison
  1. The Cursed Girl by Maria Vermisoglou
  2. Murder at the Scrambling Dragon by Amber Gulley
  3. Black Bullet by L.D. Rose
  4. Releasing the Demons by L.D. Rose
  5. Arrange Me by Katy Regnery
  6. Better by N.E. French
  7. Dark Chains by LaTasha Tacha B. Braxton
  8. The Dark Side of Chemistry by Ryleigh Sloan
  9. Expecting Ty’s Baby by Empi Baryeh
  10. Murder in the Heart of It All by Michael Prelee
  11. Vermilion Lies by L.D. Rose
  12. The Onyx Crown by Alan Hurst
  13. Deseré: A Love Story of the American South by Maria McKenzie
  14. The Book of Songs by Louice Svedin
  15. You by Caroline Kepnes
  16. Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes
  17. Beyond the Red Carpet by Debbra Lynn
  18. Heart of Stone by Debbra Lynn
  19. The Forgotten One by Debbra Lynn
  20. A Fool’s Circle by Suzanne Seddon
  21. Season of Retribution by Shanna Nichols
  22. The Colour of the Sun by David Almond
  23. Maroonhair: A Cyber-City Story by Sebastian Winter
  24. Lucid World by Denise Lammi
  25. Unearthed After Sunset by Lauryn April
  26. Blessing of Luna by Blaise Ramsay
  27. His to Defend by Rhenna Morgan
  28. It’s a Bright World to Feel Lost In by Mawson Bear
  29. Factor Man by Matt Ginsberg
  30. Blood Runs Cold by Angela Kay
  31. Murder in Montague Falls: Noir-Inspired Novellas by Russ Colchamiro, Sawney Hatton and Patrick Thomas
  32. The Murder of Manny Grimes by Angela Kay
  33. I Can Kill by Angela Kay
  34. Parasite Life by Victoria Dalpe
  35. The Poacher by Neilay Khasnabish
  36. Tell Me Why by Ruth O’Neill
  37. The Sea Was a Fair Master by Calvin Demmer
  38. Patch Lane by S.F. Barkley
  39. The Wall (Volume One) – Guardian’s Redemption by Some Guy
  40. Gun Kiss by Khaled Talib
  41. The Day the Sun Changed Colors by Scott Talbot Evans
  42. Rescuing the Prince by Meghann McVey

Last year I set myself the challenge to complete 45 books. You can see the list of books I read last year from my old post here. I have completed my Goodreads Reading Challenges three years in a row now!

How well has your Reading Challenge been this year? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading,

Claire 📚

Rescuing the Prince by Meghann McVey Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): During the afternoon fantasy parade, a dragon swooped down and carried off my boyfriend, I am not making this up. So begins Leah’s adventures that lead her to another world. At home in California, Leah’s boyfriend Gerry is her rock and motivation. Now, trapped in another world without him, she must find her own courage. During her quest, Leah impersonates a missing princess, learns magic, and meets new friends and allies, including the shy, handsome Tolliver. But in the end, does she have what it takes to defeat Gerry’s fearsome captor, the Dragon Rider?

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