Monday, February 28, 2022

Book Blitz - Audiobook Club by Jessica Frances

Audiobook Club
Jessica Frances
Publication date: February 25th 2022
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, LGBTQ+, Romance

Being a police officer in a small town doesn’t often offer up many surprises. Working the night shift means I rarely see or do much of anything that doesn’t involve a speeding vehicle, or a drunken rant. And, while quiet nights are better than deadly ones, it still takes some getting used to after living in a big city for years.

So, I’m rather shocked when I pull over a driver and find the dirtiest audiobook playing from the car speakers. And, paint me intrigued when the hot driver struggles to get the enticing words to stop broadcasting to the entire street.

The embarrassing encounter has us both lowering our guard, and I find myself a new friend, one who suggests we start our own audiobook club.
Soon, we become more than just friends as we listen and fall into stories and new worlds together and, naturally, the sexy scenes we’re listening to become a blueprint for our own experiences to try … together.
But, when life intrudes and our audiobook club breaks up, I’m left wondering if everything was just fiction, or if maybe there is something real under it all.
Can we get our happily ever after, or will it all fizzle out before it has a chance to become something permanent?

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Thirty minutes later, we have a functioning bedframe. Two minutes after that, with just a few grunts and one moan stating permanent back pain, the mattress sits on top of it.

“Should we test it out?” I ask, my hands on my hips, breathing just a little hard from the exertion to get the mattress on it.

“You mean, have sex on it?” Ethan asks around a surprised cough.

I laugh, since I’m definitely not that bold as to suggest something like that. “I more mean just jump around on it; see if it holds. But, I mean, if you’re offering …” I trail off and waggle my eyebrows, only a tinge sad when he laughs instead of taking me up on the offer.

“I haven’t jumped on a bed since I was a kid.”

“Me, neither. I wonder why we stop doing this kind of thing? Why does being an adult mean you can’t still have silly fun?” I ask, crawling up onto the bed, feeling all sorts of out of balance as I force my shaky knees to stiffen and hold me.

I have never been great with heights and, apparently, even being just a bed high off the ground is too much. Still, I need to save face now. So, I do a small jump and watch Ethan roll his eyes at me.

“If that was supposed to test the bed out, then you must have the most boring and lifeless sex in here.”

“Who says I don’t like boring and lifeless sex?” I say somewhat defensively, and then I regret it immediately. “Fine, release your inner child and jump all over my bed to prove your handyman skills and impress me,” I tease, moving off the bed, grateful to be back on steady ground.

Ethan removes his shoes, and then, much more confidently, he gets up on the bed, standing to his feet with an ease I never had. While I shook and probably went three shades paler, Ethan grins widely and is as steady as a seasoned yoga instructor.

“Ready to have your bed and world rocked?” he asks me with a cheeky smile.

“Fuck yes,” I breathe out, meaning it in more ways than just jumping on my bed. I think he knows that, given the heat in his gaze. Then he proceeds to do a small jump, perhaps testing out the strength of the bedframe.

So far so good.

Another couple of jumps, and he begins to laugh. The carefree way he does this has me grinning back up at him. He looks so joyful, so happy, and so … close to the ceiling.

“Ethan, maybe you—”

His next jump has more oomph to it, and the top of his head slams straight into the ceiling.

Drywall and paint rain over him, while his legs collapse out from under him, and he lands down hard on the mattress. This is apparently too much for the newly erected bedframe, since it cracks, perhaps the wooden slats that are there breaking, and the middle caves in.

Shock silences me, and my heart is in my throat. I fear Ethan could have been knocked unconscious. He’s not moving.

Did I just kill my neighbor? How the hell am I supposed to explain this to anyone?

Then Ethan coughs while moving his hand to cover his mouth, and then that cough turns into a laugh, and that laughs has him folding in half as tears start to run down his face.

“Ethan?” I hesitantly reach out to touch his shoulder. “Are you okay?”

I’m not sure I’m ready to find the situation funny, given he could have a head injury.

“I think … I …” He can’t stop laughing, and I have to wait a good two minutes for him to get himself under control. “I think I just figured out why adults don’t do this shit anymore.”

I look up at the head-sized hole in my ceiling and chuckle. “You could be right.”

Author Bio:

Jessica lives in Adelaide, South Australia. When she is not writing, you can find her reading, napping or watching excessive amounts of TV. Connect with her on Facebook and Goodreads.

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Sunday, February 27, 2022

Review: The Hoodie Girl - Yuen Wright

The Hoodie Girl

Review: The Hoodie Girl - Yuen Wright - August 2021

Now and again, I will come across a book that I have never heard of and the author is also unknown to me and I will give them a go. This weekend, for me that was The Hoodie Girl by Yuen Wright. As readers know, I just absolutely adore the Library App - Libby and find so many awesome reads on there. In The Hoodie Girl we meet Wren who loves to try and be invisible, she is just skating by on life and has this obsession with her Red Hoodie - it's a comfort thing we later learn as a few years ago, Wren was in a car crash with her Dad and sister Emma. Wren was the only survivor and now suffers panic attacks, nightmares, and bad anxiety. At school, she is the heads-down type of girl and has one best friend Mia. That is until one day, she is bumped into by Asher Reed -he is the school's Mr. Popular and captain of the Hockey Team. As the week goes on, Asher needs to know the girl's name and soon he learns that she is none other than his sister's new babysitter.  Soon Asher and Wren will slowly get to know each other and we see some chemistry vibes happening there Mia starts getting to have some fun with his friend Zach and of course we have Brody - he's the "friend" and a genuinely good guy. During one of Asher's games, he ends up badly injured which puts a halt on his chances of being scouted for a hockey scholarship and since Hockey is his life - he starts to get depressed. Meanwhile, working in the background is a growing friendship between Asher and Wren and we see that they are great for each other and might help one another grow and move on with life.  On a personal note, reading this book made me smile as I came across a sentence that talked about how the word nice was never to be used and it was forbidden in creative writing as "Nice is a Boring Word". I had to take a screenshot of this sentence and send it to my old Form 1 / Year 7 (11/12 years) teacher as this was something she always said in English class and it is something that has stuck with me all these years and I too have told others. As this author used along with the same words, It makes you wonder whether her teacher told her this too growing up. Overall, The Hoodie Girl by Yuen Wright was a clean teen romance/coming-of-age read with a tiny bit of edge from panic attacks, tragedy, and one high school party.

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Review: Jailhouse Lawyer - James Patterson and Nancy Allen

James Patterson – Audio Books, Best Sellers, Author Bio | Audible.com

Jailhouse Lawyer (Ruby Bozarth series)

Review: Jailhouse Lawyer - Ruby Bozarth Series - James Patterson and Nancy Allen - September 2021

As a long-time fan of James Patterson's books ever since I first discovered his books as a teenager, I always make it my goal to at least check out the new ones that are published. This one had been on my list for a few months now.  Writing with Nancy Allen, was a new name for me as I hadn't heard of any other JP books with her as a co-author.  Upon opening the book, my first impression was as I looked at the page numbers that this was quite a long James Patterson book standing at approx. 780 pages. As I got reading Jailhouse Lawyer, we were thrust into the world of new Public Defender Martha Foster who takes a job in a small town in Alabama. We learn that the previous PD committed suicide by hanging. When Martha arrives though, things are very strange and it looks like this town has its own set of court rules and operates with Judge Pickens at the helm. It's his way or no way at all. Martha was a bit of a bulldog at law school and won't take any crap from anyone and so she butts heads with the Judge. What happens though when strange things start happening and Martha finds herself and her son Andy who is sick and only five years old in danger as the judge starts gaslighting her when she steps away from their rules. Can Martha bring the Judge down a notch or will she face his wrath and suffer the same fates as the previous public defenders? Either run out of town or dead? Just as this book was getting good, it ended and I discovered that there was a second story called Power of Attorney. I started to read that thinking it was maybe a sequel to Jailhouse Lawyer - maybe Martha down the track but it turned out to be another story co
mpletely. I have to admit I wasn't keen on this one as it seemed hodge-podge and all over the place as the first main character turns up from the "dead" and then lawyer Leah is back in her hometown after her dad ends up with Alzheimer's and she helps take over from him. The second story is darker than the first and contains strong sexual abuse, trafficking, etc but I found it didn't keep my interest like the first story.  So, readers, if you do pick up this book - beware that it is two unrelated stories of different lawyers from different walks of life, in different situations. I did enjoy it, but not a favorite of mine.

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3vm7rrD

Review: The First Day of Spring - Nancy Tucker

The First Day of Spring

Review: The First Day of Spring - Nancy Tucker - May 2021|

This book I had grabbed from Netgalley last year and had forgotten it amongst all my other thousands of books until recently on one of the book groups on Facebook, I belong to had posted a snippet of the first page and OMFG I read it and was like I need to read that book right now and thought before checking the library Libby app, on the off chance I would check my Kindle and there it was. So that instantly became my next read. This was a snipped from the first chapter of the book that captured my attention:
I killed a little boy today. Held my hands around his throat, felt his blood pump hard against my thumbs. He wriggled and kicked and one of his knees caught me in the belly, a sharp lasso of pain. I roared. I squeezed. Sweat made it slippery between our skins but I didn't let go, pressed and pressed until my nails were white. It was easier than I thought it would be.
Sound fantastic right??? In The First Day of Spring, we meet eight-year-old Chrissie who is viewed as the "bad seed" of the town as she kills two-year-old Steven. The book then continues with the town trying to discover who did it and Chrissie loving seeing the police scramble trying to find the killer.  Later Chrissie feels the urge again and this time kills another and finally is caught. The book then flips to the Present time where Chrissie is now known as Julia and living with her daughter Molly and trying to be the best mum she can be. I liked the ending of this book as it explained a lot why Chrissie had killed and I have to admit by the end of the story, I felt for Chrissie and just wished that someone could have seen her pain and that really, she isn't a bad person but just didn't know how to act and handle her thinking. The First Day of Spring is told in two POVs - the Past as Chrissie and the Present as Julia. 

If you love murder and don't mind child killers and children killed, then The First Day of Spring by Nancy Tucker is a book to add to your reading list for 2022.


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