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atl_scfl

Joined August 2021

“She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.”
– Annie Dillard
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The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth
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Shipped | Angie Hockman
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13/100

Since Covid decided to sweep through my house, I decided to us the rest to catch up on reading. However, that did not equate to catching up on reviewing all my books 🤦‍♀️

This was a light hearted enemies to lovers trope. Definitely makes you want to book a trip to the Galapagos Island... or at least stare longingly at photos you Google of it 😄

ozma.of.oz Hope everyone is doing okay! ❤️ 18h
atl_scfl @ozma.of.oz we are doing better! Thanks! Mostly just fatigue so napping as much as we can 😴 18h
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Birthday Girl | Penelope Douglas
Mehso-so

8/100 (forgot to review book 7 🤦‍♀️)

Definitely a so-so for me. Nothing bad... but nothing that great either. Just... ok. Interesting storyline with the age gap, but there was nothing really appealing about any of the characters.

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6/100

This is the second book I have read by this author and I think it is safe to say she is an auto buy from here on out. Lots of witty banner. Does go a little deep at time as both delve in issues in their past (and present). Great read

GondorGirl I enjoyed this one a lot! I'm not typically a romance reader, but Henry made the characters and story really interesting. I agree that the banter was great... I'd definitely read another of her books. 1w
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Unknown Book 4475976 | Unknown Unknown
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5/100 - The Finish Line (Kate Stewart, book 3 of the Ravenwood trilogy)

Listy does not have book 3 listed but I finished the trilogy today. Helen of Troy meets Sons of Anarchy meets modern day Robin Hood. Excellent, excellent trilogy.

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Exodus | Kate Stewart (Romance author)
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4/100
Book 2 of the trilogy - this one picks up at the exact point Flock ends (which is 6 years in the past). About halfway through the book, it switches to present day. I thought book 1 was a doozy... wow! If Book 1 caught you in the feels then Book 2 takes those feels and puts them through the wringer. On to Book 3 now 🤯😭

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Flock | Kate Stewart (Romance author)
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3/100
🤯🤯🤯 Every review and description I read about this book (book 1 of a trilogy) was very so vague and there are so many reasons for that. Go into this book blind. It is the only way. No preconceived notions. This book has everything in it. Do not let the romance author fool you. Cecilia moves in with her estranged father and becomes friends with the local townsfolk. That is all I can say. I have never been more excited to read a 2nd book.

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The Flatshare: A Novel | Beth O'Leary
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2/100 (set a pretty lofty goal for myself 🤦‍♀️)

Tiffy and Leon share an apartment... but have never met. Due to work schedules and unfortunate situations, both find themselves in need of a roommate. While only communicating through notes, they become friends and support each other through difficulties. You root the whole time for these two. The story takes its time, but still a good pace. Witty banner with awesome secondary characters as well

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TW: domestic violence

The story revolves around Elena and Nicholas, who meet while they are both dealing with their own grief. Elena has lost her mother and Nicholas, his wife. But what really happened to Amelia? Told in 3 parts, each at a different point in time and with multiple POVs. Though over 360 pages, it was a quick and easy read. Several twists and turns. The domestic violence scenes can make it difficult (and frustrating) at at times.

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The Love Hypothesis | Ali Hazelwood
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Olive, a 3rd year PhD student and Adam, a terrifying professor, fake date (don't want to spoil the reasoning behind it). It was a refreshing change of pace with this story trope. There was no damsel in distress, needing the man to rescue her. It was awesome to see a story set place in the STEM environment. Witty banner. The overbearing best friend, Anh, was a bit too much for Me. Overall I definitely see what the hype is all about with this book.

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Untitled | Unknown
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I could not find this book on this site but this is definitely a don't miss. It is The Plight Before Christmas by Kate Stewart. Whitney is spending the holidays at her family's cabin when her college ex boyfriend shows up with her brother.

This is NOT your typical Christmas story. It will tug at your heartstrings. It was make you laugh out loud. It will make you cry. A VERY enjoyable book and very well written.

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Window Shopping | Tessa Bailey
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All the Tessa Bailey steam without all the Christmas story cheese. Though it does take place at Christmas, it is not over the top like the Hallmark movies. Not much of Stella's history was told or harped on (can't say without spoiling), but as the books premise was moving forward in life, I thought that was actually a smart move by the author. Just under 250 pages so it was a pretty quick read.

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Verity | Colleen Hoover
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As other reviews have said, this book is a rollercoaster! Lowen Ashleigh, an author, has been asked to finish a book series by Verity Crawford, another author who is incapacitated due to an accident. As Lowen is doing research for the upcoming books, she finds a lot more than she bargained for regarding Verity, her husband Jeremy and their children. Definitely keeps you guessing, even at the end

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56 Days | Catherine Ryan Howard
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Love in the time of Covid. Set in Dublin, one week or so before the country shutdown. Oliver and Ciara meet at the grocery store and begin dating. After moving in during the 2 week quarantine, one is dead and everyone has secrets. Told from 3 points of views and jumping back and forth between 56 days ago to today (and in between). Surprisingly, it was easy to follow. Several twists and turns! Definitely recommend this book!

Bec_lectic I had this one on my list! Glad it‘s good 😊 2mo
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Wanted to read this one soon, as the movie is coming out in a couple of weeks. Super cute rom-com, with your typical enemies to lovers trope. The banter between Lucy and Josh was pretty funny at times. Fairly quick read. Will definitely read more by the author!

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Been seeing all the hype online for this book so figured I would check it out. I am a sucker for a cute rom-com and this was definitely up my alley. Lina needs a fake date to her sister's wedding and Aaron, coworker and rival, is willing to step up. Lina's character gave me moments of frustration but Aaron is just a wholesome little cinnamon roll. Cute, fun, quick read

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The Mixtape | Brittainy C. Cherry
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I went in completely blind on this book. Randomly saw it on Kindle Unlimited and thought I would give it a try. WOW! All the feels, all the emotions! Oliver is a famous musician who is dealing with the death of his twin/music partner. Emery is a struggling single mom with her own family issues. It deals with a lot of hard issues but was so brilliantly written. Keep tissues handy when reading.

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Horrorstor: A Novel | Grady Hendrix
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A haunted second rate Ikea and your manager is making you investigate it? What could possibly go wrong?! I loved the story - it was campy and cheesy at times (and a little graphic with the horror) but also there were some laughable moments, especially if you have had a retail job and had to deal with corporate.

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Perfect Getaway | Kiersten Modglin
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Up until literally the last chapter, this was a fantastic book. Then it was all ruined. A group of 8 friends (4 couples) are spending vacation together on a remote island. Until there is only 7 of them... There were so many twists, so many secrets, literally anyone could have done the murder and I even like that part of the ending. It was the epilogue, one week later, that blew the whole book up, utterly and completely ruined everything.

Bec_lectic Aww man it was sounding like a good read…that sucks! 2mo
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This was a shockingly easy read - finished in just over a day. Hannah's husband, Owen, mysterious disappears, leaving a note only saying "Protect Her", in regards to her 16 year old stepdaughter. There were a few parts I kinda skimmed over but it was a pretty interesting book. Ending definitely got me in the feels a little.

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Every Last Secret | A. R. Torre
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The whole covet thy neighbor troupe has been done before but this one was still pretty interesting. It was very fast paced, short chapters, and told from different POVs, so it was a fairly quick read. Nothing to overly shocking to keep you on the edge of your seat with this domestic thriller, but enough to keep you entertained.

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For Your Own Good | Samantha Downing
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At Belmont Academy, everyone is dying and everyone else has a motive. Told from several POVs (mostly from Teacher of the Year / Head Sociopath) Teddy Crucher, the story was very easy to follow and was definitely an adventure. Not a lot of twists and turns; just an overall enjoyable read, especially being able to see if from several different angles.

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First, the premise of the story was great. I actually did like the storyline and the twists. However, there were several fatal flaws. It became very redundant and dragged on about 100 pages too much. My biggest peeve was timelines. It is told by 3 people, one in the past which by my math on facts in the book would be around 1990. However she talks about ordering clothes online, watching streaming shows and online celebrity gossip magazines

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Widow Falls | Kiersten Modglin
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I am so sad about this book! I had such high expectations based on other reviews and reading other Kiersten Modglin books. It was just... ok at best. No real twists. I guess the premise pretty quickly. At the ending, I was left feeling "oh, ok... that's it?"

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The Layover | Lacie Waldon
Mehso-so

Been in a reading slump lately but finally found the time and energy to start reading again. This one was so so leaning towards pan. The description compares it to The Unhoneymooners. Um no, honey. The only similarity was there was a beach. First half was decent but the rest was rushed and uncoordinated. Like in a matter of pages everything with her engagement, living situation and life and settled just like poof! 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️

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The Arrangement | Kiersten Modglin
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🤯🤯🤯 what is going on?!? 🤯🤯🤯 I am still recovering from the whiplash from all the twists and turns in this book! Ainsley and Peter decide to try having an open marriage to rekindle. Of course, things fail miserably. The ending, sure it was a little out there, but I REALLY enjoyed this book. Will definitely be reading more by Kiersten Modglin!

Reggie I‘m only stacking because they sound like a hot mess. Lol 4mo
atl_scfl They are a complete and total hot mess throughout the whole story! I enjoyed the twists and turns, even though most were unrealistic. 4mo
Bec_lectic Sounds like a good one! I‘ll add to my stack 😁 3mo
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A Good Marriage | Kimberly McCreight
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I have been in somewhat of a reading slump, but this book pulled me right back into thrillers! Lizzie, a lawyer, gets a call from an old classmate whose wife was found dead and he is jn jail. You quickly learn everyone in this affluent Brooklyn neighborhood has secrets. The story is told from Lizzie and Amanda's (the dead wife) point of view. Lots of twists and turns. Highly recommended!

Bec_lectic Glad it‘s good cause it‘s on my list! 4mo
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Been on a total RomCom kick lately. Found this one for free on Kindle. Harlow and Bishop meet on a dating app and instantly connect. Except she is an ambitious neighborhood developer with family issues and he is a computer coder genius... who hacks credit cards to pay for his sister's cancer treatment. The banter was hilarious! The story definitely makes you root for these two.

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Meet You in the Middle | Devon Daniels
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This was a cute, quick read. Your typical enemies to lovers trope. I saw some bad reviews on Good Reads but it seems like most did not actually read the book. It is a small bit political (he's Republican, she's Democrat, both working for Senators in DC) but I do not think it was overly done or forced. Things mentioned in previous review was literally half a sentence and then the story moved on. Overall, I enjoyed reading it to pass the time.

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Things You Save in a Fire | Katherine Center
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Cute, quick read. Cassie is a female firefighter who has to leave Austin for Massachusetts. It does s pretty good job describing her personal struggles, sexism at work and her feeling for The Rookie. Ending was a bit rushed and cheesy, but overall a good read to kill some time.

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Lying Next to Me | Gregg Olsen
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Definitely a pick for me. Adam, his wife Sophie and daughter Aubrey are on vacation for the Memorial Day weekend. Sophie is suddenly abducted while Adam and Aubrey are out in a rowboat. The story is told by 4 perspectives. It was a quick read and easy to follow. While you start to figure out the ending early on, the details of the crime were the real twists to the story. Can't wait to read more by this author!

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Fish Out of Water | Josie Watts
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This was a total random find for me. Was free for Kindle so I thought I would give it a try. So glad I Did! The story is based around Julia, who in her 20s, lives in a retirement community, and Grant whose uncle (and Julia's neighbor) is missing. It was a rom com meets buddy cop story.

My fave quote (and what I hope my grandkids say about me in 35 years): "My 75 year old grandmother is a White Claw drinking, Lizzo loving, basic b#$$&"

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Float Plan | Trish Doller
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Super quick read. The book deals with grief after Anna loses her fiance to suicide, as well as living her life without Ben. Loved the dynamic between her and Keane.

Bec_lectic Added to my list! 🙂 5mo
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The One | John Marrs
Mehso-so

I feel like I am being generous with the So-So and leaning more towards Pan. This book started off amazing!!! 5 main characters, each with their own compelling story and quick short chapters. I could not put the book down! But, somewhere in the middle, the stories starting dragging. I mean agonizingly and painfully slow. I skimmed over 100 pages just hoping something would happen. The ending was good but I was so over the book by that point.

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My first Tessa Bailey book and instantly a fan! The backstories of the characters were very well developed. The ending was predictable, but overall it was a great read.

Bec_lectic I looked up the books description and it had me at Shitts creek inspired rom-com 🤣🤣 5mo
atl_scfl Main character is totally Alexis! 5mo
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The Sweetest Fix | Tessa Bailey
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Cute and super quick/fast paced rom com. Picked it up for free on my Kindle app as I unexpectedly had a few hours to kill whole waiting on car repairs 🤦‍♀️

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Party of Two | Jasmine Guillory
Mehso-so

This was my 4th Jasmine Guillory book and while the previous three were amazing, this one sort of fell flat for me. No real character progression and seemed a little too fast paced and unrealistic arguments for me.

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This book is amazing! I got it on a whim and was kinda intimidated by the size (over 500 pages), but I finished it very quickly. The story moves along at a great pace, the characters are hilarious and well developed and Riley and Nick are *chef's kiss*. Cannot wait to read the sequel and Lucy Score's other books!

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The Last Mrs. Parrish | Liv Constantine
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There was so much hype around this book and I was so excited to read it! Started off verrryyyy slow, which was fine and I powered through it. However, the ending was somewhat abrupt and left me thinking "so... that's it?"

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Much Ado About You | Samantha Young
Mehso-so

This was just... OK for me. I am a lover of a good Rom Com, and the book started out with such great potential. However, when the big reveal happened, I lost all hope for Evie. Spent the last few pages wanting to scream at her "what is wrong with you?!"