Lizzie Blake’s Best Mistake – Book Review

Author: Mazey Eddings

Publication Date: September 2022
Genre: Women’s Fiction

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher St. Martins Press for the #AdvanceReviewCopy

Book Summary:
Lizzy Blake’s most desired thing is to be accepted and loved, but living with ADHD has made it difficult to be in long-term romantic relationships. After being stood up, and having a chance encounter with a hot Australian guy she meets on the same night, she ends up… pregnant!

Can Lizzy and Rake co-parent without the hot, steamy roll in the sack they had when they met? Isn’t that a loaded question!

My Thoughts:

I really liked this one. It’s a fun, easy, and super-steamy read that had me rooting for the couple from the beginning. I liked Lizzy and all her quirks. ADHD is well represented and provides insight into what it’s like living with it for those unfamiliar with the diagnosis. Rake is the perfect guy all around, sometimes a little too perfect even. But his little mishap at the end helped to ’round him out’.

There are a lot of detailed sexual scenes, so if reading about that makes you uncomfortable, stay clear, otherwise, enjoy!

Four Stars!

Book Review: We’ll Meet Again

Author: Rhonda Forrest

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

This is book 3 of a trilogy.

SUMMARY: A few years have passed since the tragic war in Rabaul, New Guinea, where the Americans accidentally sink an unmarked Australian ship with Prisoners of War, thinking it was a Japanese ship. In this 3rd installment, we meet back up with Grace, whose father leaves her when she was little to fight in the war. When her father leaves he entrusts Grace to her mother who has other plans for her life which don’t include being a mom. So, Grace is adopted and for many years after, she talks to the evening star hoping to find her real father. After the war, Grace’s biological father goes on a relentless search for Grace but because her mother changed her surname the two remain separated. Grace is raised by a lovely couple, but when she meets the love of her life, Ewan, her father forces them to part not believing Ewan is good enough for his daughter. But every decision changes the course that’s planned. Every action causes a new chain reaction in our lives and will the young couple’s forced separation bring about the closure that Grace has dreamt of as a little girl?

My Thoughts: I loved this book with all my heart. I’m a big critic when it comes to series and trilogies, often finding that the first book is the best. But, Elizabeth’s Star trilogy proved me wrong. So Wrong. While I absolutely loved books one and two, book three, We’ll Meet Again, blew me away with its heartfelt words, and rich, loving characters. We’re first introduced to Grace in book one and it was there that I fell deeply in love with her. I was so happy to be reunited with Grace’s path and learn about her life as a young woman and follow her’s and Ewan’s fascinating journey. The descriptions were so vivid, and at times, I felt I was right there with them as their relationship blossomed.

The ending was just beautiful. I couldn’t have hoped for a more satisfying ending to such an amazing story about family, love and finding oneself.

Five Stars

Book Review: The Stars Forgot Us

Title: The Stars Forgot Us

Author: R.J Garcia

Publication Date: March 30th, 2022 by Midnight Tide Publishing

Genre: ParanormalSuspenseYoung Adult

Rating: Five Stars!

Book Summary: Fifteen-year-old Jacob returns to his hometown with his mother and brother to start over. When strange things begin to happen, Jacob questions what is real and what he’s simply imagining. After discovering a teenage girl named Ary, secretly living in his house, Jacob takes it upon himself to help her, even if it means going against his mom and the authorities.

After spending some time together, Ary and Jacob form a connection, and Ary comes clean about why she’s in hiding and about her past. Jacob enlists the help of his cousin and friend to help him unravel the truth behind Ary’s strange predicament and the bond he and her form makes him do the unthinkable! Against his better judgment, he goes to the house where Ary ran from, the house that he knows he should stay away from.

Is Ary suffering from a mental illness, like his brother, or is she really running away from evil? Jacob stops at nothing to find out.

My Thoughts: I loved this book! It captured me from the get-go, and never let go.

This is a young adult/coming-of-age mystery full of eery suspense and creepy vibes, in a good way. It reminded me of Stranger Things, and I LOVED that show! The book is written in first-person perspective and it is mainly in Jacob’s POV, but Ary does have a few chapters where we get to dive deep into her memories to learn more about her chilling past. Jacob is sweet, good-natured, and his desire to want to help and protect Ary was endearing, especially for a boy his age. I loved the twist at the end!

I recommend this to anyone who likes paranormal, suspense, with young love intertwined. R.J Garcia has done it again with another spellbinding, twisty treat that you won’t want to put down until it’s finished, and even then, you’ll be wanting more.

Five Stars.

Happy Publication Day! This book is now available for sale.

Book Review: Haven

Author: Emma Donoghue

Thank you to @netgalley and the publisher for the advanced review copy.

Release Date: August 2022
GENRE: Historical Fiction

2.5 Stars

3 religious men set out on a small boat in search of an island after their leader has a dream.

This book caught my attention because of the premise and author but I’m so sad to say it wasn’t for me. The writing is undeniably beautiful, but I just couldn’t fall in love with the characters, and with the lack of adventure, it fell short.  The characters lacked conviction and the plot lacked excitement. I just found it boring and couldn’t get excited about the story. Because the writing is superb, and I’ve loved the author’s other books, I rounded it up to three stars. You might like it more or even love it if you don’t mind a slow plot.