Wednesday, January 26, 2022

VBT# It Started with a List - Tinia Montford

It Started with a List

Review: It Started with a List - Tinia Montford - January 2022

This particular book had captured my attention by the brightly colored cover and when I started it, I didn't necessarily have high expectations and I am glad I didn't as in this case, it made me enjoy this book more. There were quite a handful of things that just made this book such a good read for me.  The first thing which due to the cover, I will point out is that nowhere in this book did I feel like the issue of race was being shoved down my throat. Yes, the main character was black and the guy was white but throughout the story, the race of the characters wasn't the main point and it was nice for a change as I find sometimes when they focus on race the book can become a tad political. The other thing I loved was that this book was set in San Francisco as the characters visited the sights and this brought back good memories as I was there in December 2013. The other thing I loved was that the main character Vassa was flawed, she wasn't perfect and she reminded me quite a lot of myself including the fact that she was a first-generation academic as neither of my parents or grandparents went to university - my dad did decide to about 5 years ago which was awesome to see. The other thing is Vassa dreams of becoming a writer and studying writing which I love and if I could, I would have gone down that route as I did end up getting a BA in Communications and Humanities. It Started with a List is Vassa's way of coming out of her shell as she aims to complete a bucket list by Graduation and who better to help her than the fun-loving dorm neighbor - a floor down - Lazarus who in return gets the help he needs to not only pass his classes but get the courage to also discover his dreams and go after what he wants - event management and Vassa. It Started with a List by Tinia Montford is a fun NA college fiction read about pushing your boundaries and stepping out of those comfort zones as if you do, you may surprise yourself.

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3zcdTBe

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Release Tour Scammer Girl by Michelle Dayton

Jo is a professional online romance scammer and Jamie is The Conscience of Silicon Valley. They don’t trust one another, and when they meet in person, they quickly discover that not everything appears as it seems. Fans of Christina Lauren and Sally Thorne will love Scammer Girl, a spicy enemies to lovers romance.

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Five years ago, Jo Harper did a bad thing. Dumped, injured, and in crippling debt, Jo did what any desperate woman with a PhD in psychology and above-average computer skills would: become an elite, undetectable online romance scammer. Now Jo and her team of four young women bring in enough cash to keep them securely afloat. Their targets? Married cheaters. Jamie March, Bay Area royalty known as “The Conscience of Silicon Valley,” hates every aspect of online crime, especially those who defraud people. And when it appears that his brother is the victim of a sophisticated romance scam, he can’t stand idly by. What’s weird though, is that when Jo and Jamie meet…they don’t hate one another. Not at all. He makes her laugh and feel alive again. She challenges his intellect like no other. But they can’t trust one another, right? And you can’t fall in love with someone you don’t trust—or can you?

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We swayed together as the song reach its climax. It was much more of an embrace than a dance. My lips were inches from that damn freckle, and his hands were roving through my loose hair, tugging my head back. My lips parted— He stiffened, just the slightest bit. I felt the withdrawal. “What’s wrong?” There was a storm in those sea eyes. A sharp bite in his voice. “Does every man you target feel like this? Like you’re both the drug and the antidote?” If he’d physically slapped me, it wouldn’t have hurt more. I took a step back, dropping my hands and jutting out my chin. Not that it mattered or that he would believe me, but, “You were never a target.” The song ended, and I raised my hands in applause to the stage before coolly pointing to my sofa, marching to it, and sitting down. “I assume you want to discuss your brother.” Jamie lowered himself to the cushion next to me, but he didn’t relax into the seat. His rigid posture made me want to give him a good shove. “I’m sorry I said that,” he mumbled. “I’m extremely uneasy about the effect you have on me.” His lips tightened. “I know a lot about the ways people can be damaged by Internet scams: financially, emotionally. But I’ve never been involved in one personally.” He moved his head from side to side, a little sheepish. “The past month, our letters. There was always the possibility you were acting or lying. But I didn’t think you were. I chose to believe that the letters you wrote were coming from you, not someone you made up. That the conversation we had the night we met was real.” He looked at the band, at the couples swaying. “When we were dancing, I was so … so fucking thrilled, I scared myself. What if you’re pretending? Performing? What if I’m the world’s biggest idiot?” His straightforward truthfulness was jarring. Maybe I’d been in the game for too long, but I just didn’t expect men to be so open about their feelings, especially ones that made them vulnerable. In writing, yes. In person, no. “I’m not pretending or performing,” I bit out. The truth came through my lips before I could stop it. “I’m extremely uneasy about the effect you have on me too.” His shoulders relaxed a few inches. “I do want to talk about Bobby,” he admitted. “But,” he leaned forward. “First I just want to talk. To you. About anything.” Still a little stung, I just shrugged. “Well, no Jeopardy! tonight. So I guess we won’t be trading quotes from classic literature.” “Oh, I don’t know,” he said. “There’s one perfect quote that’s been boomeranging around my skull for the last several weeks.” He quirked one brow and made meaningful eye contact. “‘You have bewitched me, body and soul.’” Oof. I hung my head in mock surrender and covered my heart with my hands. He just undid with me with his ridiculous adorableness. “Ok, Indy. You win. You’ve just recited my favorite line in all of fiction. Let’s talk.” Jamie’s eyes widened with glee. “Indy? That’s the Harrison Ford I am? Indiana Jones? Should I buy a hat and whip?” I burst out laughing. “I mean, sure. You’d look great in a fedora. But I was referring to Indiana Jones in professor mode. With the three-piece suit, tie, and glasses.” He slumped down, looking deflated. “Oh. Yeah, that makes more sense.” I poked him in the shoulder. “Don’t pout. There is a huge population of women who find classroom Indy even sexier than sweaty jungle Indy.” He cocked his jaw. “Interesting. Are you within that population?” Oh. This was getting dangerous. But not even a little part of me felt like stopping. I smiled directly into his eyes. “Hell yes.”

About Michelle Dayton

There are only three things Michelle Dayton loves more than sexy and suspenseful novels: her family, the city of Chicago, and Mr. Darcy. Michelle dreams of a year of world travel – as long as the trip would include weeks and weeks of beach time. As a bourbon lover and unabashed wine snob, Michelle thinks heaven is discussing a good book over an adult beverage.

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Top Ten Tuesday - New Authors to Me in 2021.

Today's TTT is Authors that You Just Discovered and Read in 2021. As I have read 352 books, a handful were new authors from book tours , authors that will become regular reads and favourites and ones who I have read in previous years.

This TTT list is new authors that I discovered and loved their books.

1. Alexa Martin and her series The Playbook.
During 2021 - I read all four books in this series.
Intercepted , Fumbled, Blitzed, Snapped.

Alexa Martin - Home | Facebook

2. Michele Leathers
I discovered her YA series - They All Had a Reason and in 2021 , read Books 1 and 2 and at the beginning of the year 2022 - read Book #3 and have Book 4 on my kindle to read. This is a good YA Thriller series.

They All Had A Reason by Michele LeathersThey All Had A Secret by Michele Leathers

3. Ashley Gee and Her series - Vengeance is Mine.

This bullymance series was one of the best ones I have read and enjoyed, so much that I read all three books in the series in 2021.
Raise Hell, Have Mercy and Cry Havoc.

Vengeance is Mine (3 book series) Kindle Edition

4. LL Hunter and The Summervale Series.

This was an amazing YA Thriller series in which Books 1-4 were released in 2021 and so far Book 5 in 2022 which I have read and can't wait for Book 6.

L.L Hunter - Home | Facebook

5. Megan Goldin 
I read her entire backlist which was three books as I first read her latest 2021 release Night Swim and loved it. I then read Escape Room and The Girl in Keller's Way.

The Escape Room: A Novel by Megan Goldin, Paperback, 9781250219664 | Buy  online at The NileThe Night Swim by Megan Goldin - Penguin Books New ZealandBooks that Changed Me: Megan Goldin

6. Avery Bishop.
I read her two backlist mystery novels - One Year Gone and then Girl Gone Mad. I love her twisted thrillers.

One Year Gone by Avery BishopGirl Gone Mad by Avery Bishop

7. Sarah Peis
To mix up the thrillers I had been reading, I found Sarah Peis great for funny romantic comedy and I loved her flawed female characters as they were quirky.
Adult Supervision Required by Sarah PeisSome Call it Love by Sarah Peis

8. Kristin Wright.
Loving this female powered Crime Lawyer series and the clients are females too. I read both of her books published in 2021 and she is becoming a favourite author of mine to keep an eye out.
The Darkest Flower by Kristin WrightThe Darkest Web by Kristin Wright

9. Pamela Crane.
Another new mystery writer I discovered in 2021 and read 2 books by her so far and have her others on my kindle to read.
Pretty Ugly Lies by Pamela CraneA Slow Ruin by Pamela Crane

10. Loretta Lost.
Another new mystery writer in which I loved her first two twisted novels. The first does touch on Covid but the second follows on with the Covid survivor. The Sick Wife, The Stolen Husband. I am now looking forward to reading Book #3 The Silent Child.

The Sick Wife by Loretta LostThe Stolen Husband by Loretta Lost

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