What Brooke Read
This week was not mine with reading. I've been bouncing between reading Dark Lover by J.R. Ward which is really good and interesting and reading a manga series on KU.
Blurb for Dark Lover:
In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there's a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Yet none of them relishes killing more than Wrath, the leader of The Black Dagger Brotherhood.
The only purebred vampire left on earth, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But, when one of his most trusted fighters is killed-leaving his half-breed daughter unaware of his existence or her fate-Wrath must usher her into the world of the undead-a world of sensuality beyond her wildest dreams.
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I've got Pawn by T.M. Frazier lined up for next week. Have a great weekend!
We went camping this weekend and it was just what I needed. Being in nature, only technology really being our cameras, and enjoying it all with family and good friends helped recharge me and has me wanting to write more stories that involve the mountains I love so much.
In that, I'm thinking more werewolves and possibly bear shifters?
We didn't catch any fish, only a bite on my line, but that's okay.
Today, I'm back to rewrites and then going to play taxes on our new camper.
I hope you had a great weekend!
See you Friday!
Father's Day didn't work out how we were hoping. It started with my dad and husband breaking down at the truck stop at 6:45 in the morning and me coming to the rescue and ended with my husband staying at home to work on my dad's truck. But it still has me craving being back up there. I always want more mountains and looking through the pictures I took yesterday, I can't wait to get up there again.
But, we are back to the reality that each Monday brings. I'm back to work on another rewrite and going to work tonight. I'm finally getting the kids on a regular morning walk schedule and waiting for the 5 am mornings when Grandpa comes for them.
I hope every one of you had a wonderful weekend.
What Brooke Read
Three seem to be my standard lately. But that's okay! I've got some interesting ones for you this week.
Starting off I have a duet; All the Lies and All the Truths by Rina Kent. Both were interesting. I struggle to find books that I don't figure out until the author brings it all together. That wasn't the case with these reads, at least for me.
Blurb of All the Lies:
When lies become the truth.
My name is Reina Ellis.
Problem is, I remember none of it.
His name is Asher Carson.
Oh, and my future husband.
He has three rules for me:
I'll pay for what I’ve done.
Problem is, I don’t remember what I’ve done, but I have a clue.
There was a fire.
A dead girl.
And I was there.
Blurb of All the Truths:
The truth doesn't set you free.
Revenge shouldn’t be rushed. It needs to be savored.
Reina ruined my life and it’s only fair I ruin hers back.
Or that was the plan.
That was before she got under my skin and flowed into my blood.
Life as we know it crashes and burns.
All we have left is revenge.
Or is it?
No Perfect Hero by Nicole Snow is an interesting read set in a fictional Montana town. Now, I'm happy she made it fictional because otherwise I may not have enjoyed it as much. I struggle with authors not familiar with Montana or Wyoming and write about it. This is an exception. The one thing that bothered me is how much the Hero uses the heroine's nickname. It got old fast.
Bossy. Heart of stone. Snarly mess next door.
Send help before I'm prick-matized...
My next big mistake has a name.
Warren Ford. Best kept secret in this weird little town.
An alpha's alpha. Spartan abs. Too blunt for everybody's good.
Moody, broody, mysterious, and totally up in my business.
I thought Heart's Edge would be safe.
No two timing exes. No pink slips. No hulking, loud, inked up -
Leave it to a badass to bring the drama piping hot.
Then he goes and saves a cat who means the world to my little niece.
Making me a mushy little puddle of wishes.
Wishing I didn't know his savage kiss like my own reflection.
Or how erasing tears must be his superpower.
Wishing I'd never poked his scary past.
Or heard him growl when he swears it's not our future.
There's no way this works.
He's no white knight. I'm no princess.
I need to go. He says stay.
Even our sheet-ripping nights can't work miracles.
Only an answer as the danger closes in.
Is Warren my perfect slice of hero?
That's all I have for the week. I'm off to a birthday party and the mountains this weekend! See you Monday!
Do Blondes Have More Fun?
Yesterday was spent pulling my hair through a cap and my sister-in-law giving me highlights. I haven't been this light in years! We listened to our kids playing in the pool and even watched our husbands join them.
It was a great day to wrap up the weekend.
Now I'm back hard at it with finishing up the second draft of Fight of his Life, Powder River Pack 3, buying a camper, and running around like a chicken with its head cut off.
Oh! I'm also image hunting for She's No Cowgirl. Wish me luck.
I hope you have a great week. I feel summer ready and I am up for some fun!
See you Friday.
What Brooke Read
Another week and three more books added to my read list.
Last week, Sealord by Delta James came out. Now, this series is a little repeative. The men want the same from their women and the women are somewhat fierce, but I will keep reading until she's done.
She will be claimed and bred, but first she must be tamed.
Only one thing could have awakened Kellan from long centuries of sleep. The scent of his mate.
Míorúilt has the blood of dragons in her veins and taming her will be no easy task, but Kellan wouldn't want it to be. While he slumbered he dreamed of how sternly and shamefully he will punish her defiance and how thoroughly he will claim and ravage her beautiful virgin body.
Now it is time.
Next up was Next in Line by Amy Daws. I love her humor and I liked the fact that the couple bonded over fishing.
What happens when the cute mountain man you made out with in an ice fishing shack turns out to be your brother’s best friend?
A whole lot of awkward, that’s what.
Maggie’s mind is reeling when she discovers the guy she became tangled up with at Marv’s Bait & Tackle isn’t a stranger like she thought.
The big snag: Sam and Maggie’s chemistry is hot enough to melt ice, which makes keeping their secret far more difficult than either expected. Especially when one of them decides they want this arrangement to be more than just a catch and release.
Last is One Moment Please, also by Amy Daws. This is my favorite of the series. I was laughing and then crying. So much in this book!
That awkward moment when an ER doctor has to inform you that you’re pregnant…with his baby.
Three things Lynsey Jones knows about the hot doctor: he’s grouchy, an arrogant jerk, and strangely obsessed with pie.
Three things Dr. Dick knows: he doesn’t talk about his past, he doesn’t do relationships, and the crazy girl in the hospital cafeteria who ate a fistful of French silk pie…is annoyingly irresistible.
After a chance meetup at a bar and a heated cab ride together, things come to a head and now instead of hating each other, they’re horizontal in a bed.
Three months later, the weird cafeteria stalker who crept out of Dr. Dick’s house like a thief in the night, winds up as his patient in the ER after her Tinder date from hell.
Dr. Dick is prepared to keep it cool and professional. That is until her bloodwork reveals that she’s pregnant.
What really throws him for a loop…is that the surprise baby…is his.
Well, that's all from me this week. Have a happy, fun, and safe weekend and I'll see you Monday!
It began with wild kids making music videos in the back seat, betting who would find the first elk, and checking out a waterfall. The kick off for the weekend didn't stop our mountain weekend. We went up another side of the mountain with my parents and brother the following day and the weather matched our moods. My brother is moving away and as happy as I am for him and his next adventure, I'm going to miss him. We didn't get nearly enough time thanks to the weather.
The two days in the mountains helped refresh me and now I'm recharged with new book ideas fluttering around in my mind. Watching 365 DNI helped as well late last night.
I'm diving back into working on Fight of His Life, Powder River Pack #3, and surviving swim lessons.
See you Friday!
What Brooke Read
I'm going to be out of service tomorrow and decided to put this together a day early.
Fated by Delta James is a short read and I felt like I was missing something even when I started. If I have to chance a guess, it's part of a series, though not marked as one.
Fate made her his. He just has to hunt her down...
For centuries Emma has sought to keep herself from being bound to a mate, immortal or otherwise. But Jean-Cristophe is an alpha wolf, and he will take what belongs to him.
She will be claimed, marked, and ravaged until she screams his name, even if that means first stripping her bare and spanking her until she is sore, sobbing, and shamefully in need.
The next book I have is also by Delta James, Dragonlord. This series I've enjoyed and can't wait to dive into the newest one.
A dragon does not ask. He takes.
When Bridget set out on her own, she sought freedom from the strict rules of her pack. What she found was a beast more stern and demanding than any alpha wolf, a creature of legend intent on claiming her as his mate and breeding her to bring his kind back into the world. A dragon.
Gideon did not ask the little she-wolf if she wanted to belong to him. It was not up to her. The moment he awoke and smelled the scent of his mate, she became his. He tracked her down, punished her defiance, and then ravaged her until a thousand years of lust was fully slaked.
He did not mark her with his teeth like a wolf. He did not need to. Her body knows its master.
Wait With Me by Amy Daws is a first for me from this author and was a fun read! I love when a story can go from hot to funny.
When romance novelist Kate Smith suddenly gets writer's block as she's beginning the final installment of her international bestselling erotic Bed 'n Breakfast series, she'll do pretty much anything to get her groove back.
Like sneak into a Tire Depot waiting room because her words flow there just like complimentary coffee-smooth, sweet, and scorchingly hot.
She manages to fly under the radar until the rugged and charming mechanic, Miles Hudson, notices the quirky redhead slinking in and out of the employees only entrance.
But she's way too intriguing to blow the whistle on.
Doing a test-drive of her new book idea sounds like a much better option.
My last book for this week is one I'm still reading. It's the newest from Meagan Brandy, Be My Brayshaw.
"Cross one, cross all."
That's the Brayshaw way.
She should have realized this before sliding into our world with secrets too big to bury.
She didn't and now the target is on her back.
The day her lies came crashing down, I should have forced her out.
Instead, I locked her in, and with the promise I would never be hers.
I resisted, fought against us.
I fell hard for the little liar.
But then the depth of her treachery reveals itself, and with it a reminder.
Our town is a twisted place, and with truth comes trouble.
In the blink of an eye, my world is split at its core, and I'm faced with an impossible decision, one that leads to a single outcome...
That's it for me this week. I'm up having fun in the mountain sun. See you Monday!
This weekend would have been more bearable if the pool was up and running. Unfortunately, we had to drain and patch up the same hole I was fighting with last week and should be ready tomorrow.
But enough of the pool drama.
This week kicks off the first official day of summer for my kiddos but they still have workbooks to do and reading as well as swim lessons for the youngest in which I have to join him in the pool because of social distancing.
I'm currently working on 2022 releases and their rewrites. It should keep me plenty busy throughout the summer. Fridays aside, it won't be too different around here.
That's all I have for you this Monday.
Have a wonderful weekend.