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2022 December Book Challenge

If You Ask Me: (And of Course You Won’t)

The New York Times bestseller from the beloved actress and Hollywood icon who’s made us laugh on shows from The Mary Tyler Moore Show to Golden Girls to Saturday Night Live!

In this candid take on everything from the unglamorous reality behind red-carpet affairs to her beauty regimen (“I have no idea what color my hair is, and I never intend to find out”), Betty White shares her observations about life, celebrity, and love (for humans and animals). Filled with photos, If You Ask Me is funny, sweet, and straight to the point—just like Betty.

Memoir Book from the Library :

Loved this book and could NOT put it down. Finished it in one reading and that would be my only remark, that it was not nearly long enough… but it was brilliant. Like Betty’s other books this one was like having a one-on-one sit down chat with Betty herself. Her takes on everything were heartfelt, hysterical and full of love, like the lady herself. It made me miss her even more, but what a remarkable, long and wonderful life she led. This book is like an extra gift from her. I love you Betty..

RELEASE BLITZ – Duck’s Salvation by Andi Rhodes 




Title: Duck’s Salvation
Series: Satan’s Legacy MC #4
Author: Andi Rhodes
Genre: MC Romance
Release Date: November 29, 2022


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Duck…
I finally have the life I want: an amazing fiancée, a baby on the way, Satan’s Legacy MC as my family. And then an accident, or my own stupidity, changes the course of my life forever. Unable to look at me, my fiancé removes herself from the picture, leaving me with a premature baby who requires more love and care than I know how to give.

As I struggle to cope with it all, the last thing I need is some chick trying to do and say what she thinks are all the right things. No, I want to wallow in self-pity and go on a violent spree that will take the edge off the pain. The problem is, no matter how much I try to dull my emotions and fortify my walls against her, she doesn’t back down. And just when I realize I’m fighting a losing battle and need her in my life, trouble shows up at my door, threatening to shatter the new life I’m creating.

Grace…
Nursing was something I grew up knowing I wanted to do. And then my own tragedy struck, and it made my job less fulfilling. Until one night, when a biker and his fiancée show up at the ER, and I watch as their lives fall apart, much like mine did a few years ago.

When I realize the fiancée is gone, but he’s still there, I can’t help but want to ease his pain. It emanates from him in waves, and every single reason I wanted to be a nurse kicks back in, forcing me to do whatever it takes to help him through the worst days of his life. But it’s clear he wants nothing to do with me. No matter… I will break through his defenses, one way or another. Not even his vengeful past, intent on haunting him, will stop me.








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Book Review : Mixed Up with a Marine

Can a Marine turned baker and a jaded contractor find their way to a second chance?

Braxton Whitmore needs a change. After leaving the Marines, he’s free to build a new life. But is he gonna be a baker? Really? When his buddy inherits a decrepit bar and proposes they partner up to turn it into a bakery, Brax figures why not? Until his ex comes walking in.

Mia Whitmore has built a new life for herself, far from the heartbreak and secrets that tore her marriage apart. The last thing she expects is for her estranged husband to be business partners with her latest client. Or for Brax to think they’re already divorced.

As they’re forced into proximity on the renovation, truths come to light, and Brax and Mia get a second chance. But when past secrets become present danger, Brax puts everything on the line to protect the woman who’s always held his heart.

Happy Birthdate to the USMC

Loved Mia’s character. Really enjoyed some of the story especially the parts where Mia and Brax talked about not wanting to rush the divorce. Such a sweet recovery to get back together. If you like a second chance marriage you’ll appreciate this book. It helps it was written beautifully. Some sex scenes but tolerable if you enjoy a good book..

Book Review: Things You Save in a Fire: A Novel



From the New York Times bestselling author of How to Walk Away comes a stunning new novel about courage, hope, and learning to love against all odds.


Cassie Hanwell was born for emergencies. As one of the only female firefighters in her Texas firehouse, she’s seen her fair share of them, and she’s a total pro at other people’s tragedies. But when her estranged and ailing mother asks her to give up her whole life and move to Boston, Cassie suddenly has an emergency of her own.

The tough, old-school Boston firehouse is as different from Cassie’s old job as it could possibly be. Hazing, a lack of funding, and poor facilities mean that the firemen aren’t exactly thrilled to have a “lady” on the crew—even one as competent and smart as Cassie. Except for the infatuation-inspiring rookie, who doesn’t seem to mind having Cassie around. But she can’t think about that. Because love is girly, and it’s not her thing. And don’t forget the advice her old captain gave her: Never date firefighters. Cassie can feel her resolve slipping…and it means risking it all—the only job she’s ever loved, and the hero she’s worked like hell to become.

Katherine Center’s Things You Save in a Fire is a heartfelt and healing tour-de-force about the strength of vulnerability, the nourishing magic of forgiveness, and the life-changing power of defining courage, at last, for yourself.

Ku Book Review:


Such a magical story. Cassie is one of the only female firefighters in a firehouse in Texas, but after a call from her estranged mother and request to come home, she finds herself in a new firehouse in Boston. We cycle through the issues with her new role in a more traditional ‘men’s firehouse’ and the problems that go with it. Center covered a range of issues in the workplace, family drama and romance. Her relationship with her mother and how it unfolds was so touching. I laughed, I cried and I just couldn’t wait to see what would happen next

This book was recommended from my friend Pam who is a volunteer firefighter for our town.

WWW Wednesday

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived here on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What I finished : ( From KU)

October Breast Cancer Month

An impossible will, an interfering family, a distracting Mardi Gras Season, a demanding diva rental dog, a Fiery MYSTERY and a stubborn man are all standing in her way, but…

….Elli Morenelli is a Fighter and a Survivor. Will that be enough?

Currently reading:

from Net Galley

Love and danger . . .
For most of his life, Vampire-Demon Garrett Kayrs, nephew of the King of the Realm, has carried a heavy mantle of responsibility with ease and control. Fate declared him heir to the throne, Fortune marked him with the power of the mysterious circle of Seven, and Chance promised more surprises to come. Nothing deterred him from his path. Until the nightmares began—agonizing dreams of having a female, the female, his mate, on the back of his motorcycle—only to have her torn away from his protection. He feels the menace around her, the danger she’s in, and he can’t rest until he finds her . . .
 
Duty and desire . . .
Destiny Applegate bears the weight of her name with a respectful balance of fear and purpose. She has been given some direction, but not nearly enough to truly understand her duty, what she was born to do. Even as a child, she had a sense of himThe him, her mate. A dream moment or two with him that might have saved her—or possibly cursed her. So now, when he finds her, she has no choice but to jump on the back of his bike and do her best to hold on until she discovers her path—even if that means ending his.

Next Reading : Holiday

Naughty or Nice: A Holiday Regency Anthology 

from Net Galley

The weather outside may be frightful… But this collection of Regency romances by some of your favorite authors is certain to be delightful!

Christmas is a time for kisses under the mistletoe, swirling silk gowns, and dances with one’s true love under the glittering candlelight… This holiday season, celebrate the joy of romance with seven brand new tales from some of your favorite authors!

On WOLF Publishing’s Naughty or Nice list, you’ll find captivatingly sweet tales that melt your heart as well as sizzling romances that heat up your nights!

Find out who’s been naughty and who’s been nice this year, in…

Thanks so much for stopping here this Wednesday ! I have been on a reading binge so I hope you enjoyed all my book reviews and maybe inspired you too read something New ! Enjoy

Book Series Review: After The Fire 

Book 1

#Tuesdaybookseries, #firefighterromance

NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kathryn Shay spent five years riding fire trucks with a large city fire department, eating in their firehouses and interviewing hundreds of America’s Bravest. Read the firefighter romance novels that resulted from her intense relationship with firefighters!

“Inspiring and emotionally invigorating…a true hero’s tale.” RT Book Reviews

Three firefighters from the Malvaso family are trapped in a burning building and almost lose their lives. After they are rescued, they decide to change the way they’ve been living. Mitch, the eldest, wants to make some decisions about his dysfunctional marriage and spend more time with his troubled teenagers. Jenn decides to have a baby—with her best friend, Grady. And Zach, the bad boy of the group, vows to make up for his past sins and become a better man. Read the whole family saga romance in these exciting stories.

Hidden Cove Firefighters (9 books)

This powerful, emotionally realistic book is the first of Shay’s new series about the men and women who put their lives on the line every day and how that dedication and commitment affect all those around them. Poignant and compelling, this novel reinforces Shay’s well-earned reputation as a first-rate storyteller. A great series if you are a fan of the authors family dramas.

Book Review: Mr October

Halloween has come early in this steamy, friends-to-lovers, teacher/teacher romance filled with secret pining, fun hijinks, and quirky small-town feels.

Sabrina is no stranger to the Halloween pranks played around Grimsby, Indiana in the month of October. In fact, she is the recipient of nearly all of them. Usually, she would laugh it off and spend the rest of the month looking over her shoulder anxiously awaiting the next scare. But not this year. She’s ready to fight prank with prank…starting with her best friend and Grimsby High’s favorite history teacher: Mr. October.

*Mr. October is a 15k word novella

Book Review

This book was a sweet spicy fantastic quick read. I really enjoyed the characters and only wish it was a little longer because | just wanted more Sabrina and Adam.
I loved the pranks, I did laugh out loud at one of them in particular. Overall, a very sweet and light hearted novella that I really enjoyed.

Book Review: Happily Haunted Afters:

Nothing is spookier than a second chance at love.

I’m done juggling dead-end jobs and deadbeat boyfriends. It’s time to nail down my goal of owning a hotel — and fix my friendship with my ex-best friend, Jack Colson. He’s a big shot investor, and I’m going to need one. Nailing him barely crosses my mind.

I might actually get my life in order, especially if I snag the deep (and deeply weird) discount for staying an entire weekend at my dream property. It’s hard not to fall in love with the place. Though I could do without the creepy doll that lives there, the noises Jack insists are raccoons, and the eerie AF abandoned hotel I’d need an even spookier amount of money to renovate.

The worst part is, I’m falling for Jack… again. He’ll never invest if he finds out I have feelings for him. But as we work through the phantoms of problems past, we’ll have to figure out if the property is infested with rodents — or something else that goes bump in the night.Happily Haunted Afters is a spooky, spicy standalone small-town romantic comedy with a happily ever after guaranteed.

Book Review

Happy October 1st and I am starting off with this fun fall romantic comedy. A second chance romance featuring Emma and Jack. And a ghostly voice makes this the perfect read for the Halloween read.

Book Review : At Home on Marigold Lane

True love deserves a second chance.

For family and marriage therapist Brianna MacLeod, moving back home to Highland Falls after a disastrous divorce feels downright embarrassing. Bri blames herself for missing the red flags in her relationship and worries she’s no longer qualified to do the job she loves. But helping others is second nature to Bri, and she soon finds herself counseling her roommate and her neighbor’s daughter. Bri just wasn’t expecting them to reunite her with her first love . . .

Caleb Scott knows his failed marriage has been tough on his stepdaughter, so he’s grateful she’s found someone to confide in . . . even if it’s Bri MacLeod. Seeing Bri brings up feelings he’d thought were long buried. He knows it’s not the right time for either of them to be rekindling a relationship, but being with Bri feels right—like coming home. He’ll just have to convince her that risking her heart again might give them exactly what they both need . . . a second chance.

Book review:

In At Home on Marigold Lane, Book 5 in the Highland Falls series is a sweet and engaging, second chance romance. I enjoyed Bri and Cal’s story. It proved that you never forget your first love‼️Mason continues the story of Brianna MacLeod that began in book four, The Inn on Mirror Lake. While this new book stands well on its own, for a complete understanding of what Brianna has suffered, as well as the tumultuous relationships within her family, I recommend reading the two books in order.

Book Review: Charmed by the Player

Things I hadn’t expected to happen on my birthday . . .

  1. To go from brunette to orange when I was aiming for blonde.
  2. To run into my ex and his new girlfriend, who happened to be sweeter than my favorite candy bar.
  3. To literally collide with a wall of muscle belonging to Lucas Donovan, the extremely sexy cornerback on the Virginia Thunder.

Did I say collide? No, I didn’t just collide, I lingered. How could I not? The man smelled like a dream, felt like heaven, and looked like a Greek god. If I didn’t know better, I would have thought my best friend wished him for me when she helped me blow out my candles. She was all about me finding Mr. Right, except I’d never been lucky in love . . . nor was I looking.

And despite all of his wonderful attributes, Lucas wasn’t my type. So when he asked for my number, I declined. Why? Because I knew he had cleat chasers and numerous athletic supporters at his beck and call. Totally not my scene. Instead, I decided to chalk our encounter up to a perfect ending to a perfectly messed-up day.

Thinking I’d never see him again, imagine my surprise when he popped into my store to ask me out on a date. To say I was thrown a bit off-kilter would be an understatement. Maybe that was why I eventually accepted. Or it could be because I knew my best friend would disown me if I kept turning him down. Not to mention, the man had enough charm to fill my boutique and then some.

Finally happy, I figured my luck had changed. Maybe Lucas Donovan was my Mr. Right. But then my past slammed into my present. And all I wondered was what that meant for our future.

Book Review:

He is a successful football star and she turns him down for a date. The story is about his pursuit and all the barriers that get in the way. Interesting characters. Lucas especially was one of the good ones!If you are looking for dreamy, fantasy filled, heart eyes but sadly followed by some teary eyes, this is your Football Fantasy/Angst Agony come true.
Carina Rose has brought back True Romance with a twist of steam.