Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Fall TBR List

This week's topic is one of my favorites! Fall TBR list. Here's a mix of the books coming out in September, October, and November that I can't wait to read!

Kids/Middle Grade:
Flashback (Keeper of the Lost Cities, #7)Love Like SkyOut of BoundsMonstrous DevicesMisfits (Royal Academy Rebels #1)
Dear SisterThe Vanderbeekers and the Hidden GardenMission Defrostable (Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast, #3)

Love à la ModeYour Own Worst EnemyThe ResolutionsArchenemies (Renegades, #2)Little White Lies
This Is Kind of an Epic Love StorySnow in LoveKingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass, #7)That Night(Don't) Call Me Crazy
DamselWhen We Caught FireShadow of The Fox (Shadow of the Fox, #1)The Divided Earth (The Nameless City, #3)For a Muse of Fire (For a Muse of Fire, #1)
500 Words or LessA Blade So BlackThe Storm Runner (The Storm Runner #1)

A Duke Changes Everything (Duke's Den, #1)The Other Miss Bridgerton (Rokesbys, #3)Kill the Queen (Crown of Shards, #1)
One Day in DecemberAn Absolutely Remarkable Thing

Christmas Romances!
How the Dukes Stole Christmas: A Holiday Romance AnthologyCarols and ChaosAlaskan HolidaySeason of WonderHot Winter Nights (Heartbreaker Bay, #6)
Christmas CampThe White Christmas InnThe Christmas SistersDear Santa

I Adore Christmas romances - so if you know of more coming out this year, please let me know!
Or let me know your favorite one too. 

What's on your list of books to read this fall?

Monday, September 17, 2018

Romance Review: A Duke by Default

A Duke by Default (Reluctant Royals, #2)
* Book 2 in the Reluctant Royals series *

Portia's hit rock bottom - she knows that she's got to pull herself together. So she creates a list of new rules - no drinking and no men. She also accepts an internship in Scotland. Of course her parents think it's just another scheme, but she's excited about the possibilities. Even after she meets her boss - the sexy grouchy sword maker who doesn't want her around. She's not about to let him stop new Portia from rocking her internship - especially when she discovers information that could change his life.
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book. I loved how Portia started paying attention to herself and her needs - even as she got sucked into more drama. I liked how started to understand the chemistry of her brain and used tips to help her. I love how she empathized and supported people. I admired how she took over her internship - even when Tav was being a jerk. I like how he came around and realized he as being a jerk. I also loved his interaction with kids and how he supported the community and gave back. I loved learning about swords. I enjoyed watching Tav attempt to navigate through society and learn all the rules. A great slow burn romance that leaves me waiting for the next book!

Cover Thoughts: Adore it
Source: My Library
Library Recommendation: A must have for public library romance collections

Saturday, September 15, 2018

My vacation

Two weeks ago, I took a week long vacation with my husband. We were supposed to go to Glacier National Park, but because of the wildfires, we changed everything at the last minute. And it was wonderful. We did lots and lots of hiking.

First we went to Bryce National Park. Because of the time different, our bodies were way off. We woke up wicked early. But we went into the park and watched the Sunrise - from Sunrise Point.

Then we hiked the inner loops and saw all the hoodoos.

We took a drive through the rest of the park and took some photos

Glen Canyon:
We did some kayaking here to some narrows. Then we hiked in the narrows for a bit. It looked like something out of a Starwars movie.

Then we went to Horseshoe Bend. Which was a short hike, but it was in the full sun and it was HOT. But the view was worth it. 

We went to Zion National Park next, which was pretty cool. We spent the most time here going on lots of hikes. The first one was Observation Point - and it was the worst. Mostly again because of the sun and the heat. It was really great for the first third. The middle third was ok. And that last third almost broke me. But I made it. 

Here's a cool part from the first part:

The top was worth it.

We had lunch here on the Quad, as I like to call it. Or the Lodge Green as everyone else calls it. Not a bad place to have lunch.

My favorite hike was the river hike. We did this on the last day. It was the last day there and it was mostly all in the shade. The scenery was gorgeous. We had river shoes which made everything squishy, but better to walk in. We got up early to beat the weather and the crowds. We had lunch again on the Quad and just soaked up the scenery. 


Here's a small waterfall:

It was a beautiful vacation.