I haven’t been keeping up with my blog posts about my reading challenge goal, but I’m definitely charging ahead in the challenge itself. I guess I have my priorities straight? Yeah, I’m asking. I think I do, But I’m reading a lot, so maybe not.
I really wanted to use this post to give a shout-out to some noteworthy titles I’ve recently read.
Deep Under by Lisa Renee Jones
I’m a sucker for Romantic Suspense, and LRJ does it wonderfully. In fact, I’d probably put her right up there with Linda Howard and J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts’ Suspense Pseudonym) , and that’s high praise in my book. (hahaha my book. I make myself laugh). Deep Under is loosely tied to the Tall, Dark, and Deadly series, but can be read as a standalone. Steamy and very tense.
Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
Could be classified as a YA (Young Adult) novel, but I’d highly recommend it to all ages. It was heartbreakingly sweet and a wonderful testament to making it through a difficult time in one’s life. The lead character had a very rough time of things, and she received a steadily building support system through the course of the story that restored my faith in humanity and gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling.
Replay by Ken Grimwood
This is the book that I’m most conflicted about. I can find no fault with the story or the writing, and the recommendations I got came from such highly regarded sources I couldn’t say no to reading it. With that caveat, I have to say that I closed out the book feeling quite uneasy. For the first time in a long time I had trouble putting words to my emotions. I wasn’t sad or angry or even ambivalent. There was just something… weird about it. I don’t want to spoil the book for anyone, so I won’t get into details, but it contained a subject matter that hit one of my hot buttons, and that may have been the trouble. If I find a book that touches on that particular issue, I usually pack it in and close up shop. I read this one until the last page, and I’m thinking I was unsettled by that particular plot point.
Return of the Bad Boy by Jessica Lemmon
Straight up Romance time… I gotta say, I loved this book. I wrote a review since I got an ARC from NetGalley, and you can read it here. GO READ MY REVIEW, THEN COME BACK HERE.
The Obsession by Nora Roberts
Creepy to the Nth degree, but OH SO GOOD. I was freaking riveted from page one on, and I just can’t tell you how great this book was. If you wanna feel good about your dysfunctional family, you simply CANNOT go wrong with this one. And it’s got a bit of everything. Romance, Suspense, Thriller, Action, even some Horror and Gore. Nothing in the extreme, but if that tantalizes, you should check it out.