Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Sugar in Milk by: Thrity Umrigar

Sugar in Milk
Author: Thrity Umrigar
Published: October 2020
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 48
Rating: 5/5
When I first came to this country, I felt so alone. A young immigrant girl joins her aunt and uncle in a new country that is unfamiliar to her. She struggles with loneliness, with a fierce longing for the culture and familiarity of home, until one day, her aunt takes her on a walk. As the duo strolls through their city park, the girl's aunt begins to tell her an old myth, and a story within the story begins.

A long time ago, a group of refugees arrived on a foreign shore. The local king met them, determined to refuse their request for refuge. But there was a language barrier, so the king filled a glass with milk and pointed to it as a way of saying that the land was full and couldn't accommodate the strangers. Then, the leader of the refugees dissolved sugar in the glass of milk. His message was clear: Like sugar in milk, our presence in your country will sweeten your lives. The king embraced the refugee, welcoming him and his people.

Thursday, November 24, 2022

The Joy of Us by Kennedy Fox

The Joy of Us (Love in Isolation series #6)
Author: Kennedy Fox
Publisher: Kennedy Fox
Published: November 2022
Format: BETA/ARC Ebook
Pages: 274
Rating: 5/5

What happens when your rental cabin ends up being a scam and you’re forced to stay with a sexy lumberjack? You try to avoid him and his annoying Christmas spirit because the last thing you have time for is love.

The Joy of Us is a reverse grumpy/sunshine, forced proximity standalone romance.

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Seducing the Cowboy by Kennedy Fox

Seducing the Cowboy (Circle B Ranch series #9)
Author: Kennedy Fox
Publisher: Kennedy Fox
Published: August 2022
Format: BETA/ ARC E-book
Pages: 278
Rating: 4.5/5
After leaving his hometown seven years ago, Payton hasn’t returned. One heartbreak was enough to turn him off relationships forever. As soon as he arrived at the Circle B Ranch, they treated him like family—something he’s never had—and he met the one woman he shouldn’t want.

He’s put her in the friend zone, but after agreeing to her proposition, he can’t hold back anymore.

Kaitlyn Bishop is the only woman on the ranch without a husband and kids. A family is all she’s ever wanted, but it’s never been in her cards. Since she’s turned thirty, she’s decided to go to the sperm bank or ask her best friend to knock her up.

She knows being friends with benefits is a bad idea, but she’s willing to take the risk.

Their agreement is purely transactional, but they’ll soon find themselves in too deep—something they’re too stubborn to admit. However, they only have nine months to figure it out.

**Seducing the Cowboy is a complete stand-alone and can be read without reading any of the other books or spin-off series, but if you prefer to read in order, start with Hitching the Cowboy as the characters and families do interconnect.**

Friday, June 24, 2022

Keeping You Away by: Kennedy Fox

Keeping You Away (Lawton Ridge Duet Series #1)
Author: Kennedy Fox
Published: July 2020
Publisher: Kennedy Fox
Format: E-Book
Pages: 278
Rating: 4.5/5
The last time I saw my little sister’s best friend, I was a soldier transitioning into civilian life and she had just graduated high school. We fell hard and fast for each other but it didn’t stop me from leaving at the end of the summer. 

Fast forward twelve years—I’m an ex-convict, her dad’s my new boss, and now she’s my co-worker. I’ll have to see her every day as if being back in my hometown isn’t torture enough.

I should walk away from her but this time I can’t. 

Gemma breaks down my walls and exposes the deeply rooted pain I’ve hidden. Old sparks quickly reignite, but I tell myself it means nothing—it can’t—especially since she’s engaged to another man. 

KEEPING YOU AWAY is a slow-burn, angsty second chance romance with lots of small-town, Southern drama. It's book 1 in the Tyler & Gemma duet and must be read first. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Tempting the Cowboy by Kennedy Fox

Tempting the Cowboy (Circle B Ranch Series #8)
Author: Kennedy Fox
Published: June 2022
Publisher: Kennedy Fox
Format: Beta/ARC E-Book
Pages: 299

Kane Bishop’s content with living and working on the ranch, but something is missing—a family of his own. After his twin brother married the woman he once loved, Kane has moved on and is now focusing on new things. When his best friend’s little sister re-enters his life, the attraction is undeniable, but the timing is all wrong.

He should keep his distance and not tempt fate, but he can’t get her out of his head.

Ivy’s had a secret crush on Kane for as long as she can remember. Although she’s an introverted bookworm who hasn’t dated much, she’s ready to go after him. He might be a six-foot-three, inked, muscular god who’s out of her league, but she wants him to be her first and only.

She’ll risk it all to get his attention, but it won’t be easy since he’s off-limits.

Giving in to temptation doesn’t come without consequences—it’ll either bring them together or tear them apart.

**Tempting the Cowboy is a complete stand-alone and can be read without reading any of the other books or spin-off series, but if you prefer to read in order, start with Hitching the Cowboy as the characters and families do interconnect.**

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

The Heart of Us by: Kennedy Fox

The Heart of Us (Love in Isolation #4)
Author: Kennedy Fox
Published: February 2022
Publisher: Kennedy Fox
Format: ARC E-Book
Pages: 252
Rating: 4.5/5
What happens when you’re on the run from your psycho ex-husband and your sexy younger boss goes into hiding with you to keep you safe? You slowly remember what it’s like to fall in love and hope he feels it too.

The Heart of Us is an older woman/younger man age gap, close proximity standalone romance.

Sunday, May 1, 2022

The End of Us by: Kennedy Fox

The End of Us (Love in Isolation #3)
Author: Kennedy Fox
Published: December 2021
Publisher: Kennedy Fox
Format: ARC E-Book
Pages: 236
Rating: 4.5/5
What happens when a stalker threatens your life and you’re flown to a private beach house with your sexy new bodyguard? You break the rules and hope he falls madly in love with you.

The End of Us is an age gap, bodyguard, forced proximity standalone romance.

Thursday, April 28, 2022

The Best of Us by: Kennedy Fox

The Best of Us (Love in Isolation #2)
Author: Kennedy Fox
Published: December 2020
Publisher: Kennedy Fox
Format: ARC E-Book
Pages: 282
Rating: 4/5
What happens when the biggest blizzard of the year hits and you’re trapped in a cabin with your best friend’s brother? You take every opportunity to spend time together and make him fall in love with you.

The Best of Us is a best friend's brother, opposites attract, and snowed-in together standalone romance.

Monday, April 25, 2022

The Two Of Us by: Kennedy Fox

The Two Of Us (Love in Isolation #1)
Author: Kennedy Fox
Publisher: Kennedy Fox
Published: May 2020
Format: E-Book
Pages: 280
Rating: 4/5
What happens when the entire world shuts down and you’re quarantined in a cabin with your brother’s best friend? You take every chance to make his life miserable, the same way he did yours, and most definitely don’t fall in love.

The Two of Us is an enemies to lovers, brother’s best friend standalone romance set in modern-day 2020.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Picture Book by Dog by: Michael Relth

Picture Book by Dog
Author: Michael Relth
Published: September 2020
Publisher: Little Brown Books
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 40
Rating: 5/5
This winning tribute to the enduring love between dog and child celebrates animal adoption -- from the dog's point of view!

In a pitch-perfect debut, animator Michael Relth channels the voice -- and artwork! -- of a loyal pup sharing the simple, sweet, and funny rhyming story of finding a forever family. It's a clever take on a dog's journey from being lost to found -- from shelter to home. Ideal for pet owners, animal enthusiasts and growing families, Picture Book by Dog is brimming with heart and highlights the power of belonging.

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Kindred Spirits by: Rainbow Rowell

Kindred Spirits
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Published: February 2016
Publisher: Macmillians Kids
Format: Paperback
Pages: 96
Rating: 3/5
'Everybody likes everything these days. The whole world is a nerd.'
'Are you mad because other people like Star Wars? Are you mad because people like me like Star Wars?'

If you broke Elena's heart, Star Wars would spill out. So when she decides to queue outside her local cinema to see the new movie, she's expecting a celebration with crowds of people who love Han, Luke and Leia just as much as she does. What she's not expecting is to be last in a line of only three people; to have to pee into a collectible Star Wars soda cup behind a dumpster or to meet that unlikely someone who just might truly understand the way she feels. Kindred Spirits is an engaging short story by Rainbow Rowell, author of the bestselling Eleanor & Park, Fangirl and Carry On, and is part of a handful of selected short reads specially produced for World Book Day.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Claiming the Cowboy by: Kennedy Fox

Claiming the Cowboy (Circle B Ranch #7)
Author: Kennedy Fox
Published: April 2022
Publisher: Kennedy Fox
Format: ARC/BETA E-Book
Pages: 262
Rating: 4.5/5

Early morning feedings, barn clean up, and chasing goats are Knox Bishop’s everyday routine. That changes when a bachelor auction brings him face to face with the world’s most forbidden fruit—his twin brother’s crush.

He shouldn’t tempt her, but the way her body reacts to his makes it too damn easy.

Hadleigh has known the Bishop twins all her life and they’ve never crossed the lines. That is until she fools around with Knox and learns he has a piercing south of the border. A piercing she 
very much enjoys licking.

She knows his main hobby consists of random weekend hookups, but she can’t get the taste of him off her mind.

Admitting what she feels wouldn’t be so difficult if Kane Bishop hadn’t just confessed his feelings for her too. Now she finds herself wedged between two brothers—one she could break and one who could break her.

**Claiming the Cowboy is a complete stand-alone and can be read without reading any of the other books or spin-off series, but if you prefer to read in order, start with Hitching the Cowboy as the characters and families do interconnect.**

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

The Office: A Day at Dunder Mifflin Elementary by: Robb Pearlman

The Office: A Day at Dunder Mifflin Elementary
Author: Robb Pearlman
Published: September 2020
Publisher: Little Brown Books
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 40
Rating: 4.5/5
Filled with fan-favorite characters and hilarious references to the acclaimed TV show, this storybook is an age-appropriate way for fans of The Office to share their love with the whole family, just in time for the series' 15th anniversary!

Michael Scott is Line Leader at Dunder Mifflin Elementary! It's a very big job, but Michael is sure he can live up to the "World's Best Line Leader" title printed on his water bottle. There's just one problem--Michael doesn't know how to lead the line. Filled with colorful, detailed illustrations and brimming with Easter eggs and nods to iconic moments from the show, this hilarious reimagining features a pint-sized cast.

The story will introduce The Office to a whole new generation and will teach them that everyone needs to ask for help sometimes. Even Line Leaders.

The Office is a trademark and copyright of Universal Content Productions LLC. Licensed by Universal Studios 2020. All Rights Reserved.

Friday, March 18, 2022

Follow Your Dreams, Little One

Follow Your Dreams, Little One
Author: Vashti Harrison
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Kids
Published: September 2020
Format: Board Book
Pages: 26
Rating: 4.5/5
This beautifully illustrated board book highlights true stories of black men in history. The exceptional men featured include artist Aaron Douglas, civil rights leader John Lewis, dancer Alvin Ailey, lawman Bass Reeves, tennis champion Arthur Ashe, and writer James Baldwin.
The legends in this book span centuries and continents, but what they have in common is that each one has blazed a trail for generations to come.

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Chasing Red by: Isabelle Ronin

Chasing Red (Chasing Red #1)
Author: Isabelle Ronin
Published: October 2017 (Originally published September 2017)
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Format: Paperback
Pages: 396
Rating: 3/5
They said she was going to be my ruin...
Then let her ruin me.

Caleb Lockhart has everything—wealth, adoration, a brilliant future. Until a chance encounter with a siren in a red dress changes everything. Until he meets the woman he dubs Red.

Veronica Strafford's past makes it hard for her to trust anyone. Now, kicked out of her apartment, she reluctantly accepts Caleb's offer for a place to stay.

Caleb feels intensely drawn to Veronica. And, for the first time in his life, he really wants something—someone. Too bad Veronica's heart might just be the one thing Caleb can't win. 

Friday, March 11, 2022

Clueless: A Totally Classic Picture Book by: G. M. Berrow

Clueless: A Totally Classic Picture Book
Author: G. M. Berrow
Published: September 2020
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 33
Rating: 4.5/5
This illustrated storybook captures the unforgettable fashions, vocabulary, and characters of the iconic 1995 film Clueless with an adorable kid-friendly adaptation about making friends.
Cher and Dionne are the coolest kids at Bronson Alcott Elementary School in Beverly Hills. When a new -- very unique, grunge-chic, and possibly clueless -- girl named Tai comes along, Cher and Dionne take her under their wings. They tell her how to dress and what hobbies to take up to be a part of their friend group. But Tai really likes skateboarding, baggy clothes, and wants to hang out more with the group of skateboarders. Cher and Dionne try a variety of ways to change Tai, alongside a cast of characters including Murray, Amber, Travis, Summer, Elton, and Miss Geist. But in the end, they realize that people are different and that's what makes them so cool!

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Grown by: Tiffany D. Jackson

Author: Tiffany D. Jackson
Published: September 2020
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Rating: 5/5
Korey Fields is dead.

When Enchanted Jones wakes with blood on her hands and zero memory of the previous night, no one—the police and Korey’s fans included—has more questions than she does. All she really knows is that this isn't how things are supposed to be. Korey was Enchanted’s ticket to stardom.

Before there was a dead body, Enchanted was an aspiring singer, struggling with her tight knit family’s recent move to the suburbs while trying to find her place as the lone Black girl in high school. But then legendary R&B artist Korey Fields spots her at an audition. And suddenly her dream of being a professional singer takes flight.

Enchanted is dazzled by Korey’s luxurious life but soon her dream turns into a nightmare. Behind Korey’s charm and star power hides a dark side, one that wants to control her every move, with rage and consequences. Except now he’s dead and the police are at the door. Who killed Korey Fields?

All signs point to Enchanted.

Sunday, March 6, 2022

Hot for the Principal by: Alexandria Goncalves

Hot for the Principal
Author: Alexandria Goncalves
Published: March 2022
Publisher: Alexandria Goncalves
Format: ARC E-Book
Pages: 294
Rating: 4/5
Victoria had always had her life planned out... until that one moment when everything was ripped away leaving her feeling empty, scared, and insecure. Now, the only two pieces holding her together are her best friends.

Enter Auston Scott. A handsome stranger with green eyes, a bearded jawline, and sexy as hell three-piece suit. This new Principal—and her boss—looks as if he has just walked out of a GQ magazine.

Can Victoria let go of her past so she can fall for the man of her dreams and ignite a passion that she didn't know could exist outside of the novels she teaches her English students?

She knows she shouldn't go there, but what she doesn't realize is that the new Principal holds a dark secret, one that could tear Victoria apart.

Saturday, February 5, 2022

Dear Martin By: Nic Stone


Dear Martin (Dear Martin #1)
Author: Nic Stone
Publisher: Ember
Published: September 2018 (Originally Published October 2017)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 240
Rating: 4/5

Justyce McAllister is a good kid, an honor student, and always there to help a friend--but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. Despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can't escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates.

Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.

Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up--way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it's Justyce who is under attack.
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