Bedside Book Review- September 2021

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Hey loves. I stepped out of my comfort zone of reading only rom-com, romance, and some erotic and read a thriller this month. I was a nice change that I can see more thrillers in my future. This has been my favorite month of books I have read in a while, which adds to reading more books. Mixing up my genre's was what I needed. 

Single mother Malika “Pumpkin” Tavares lost faith in fairytales after she fell for a toad. Now she believes she’s not cut from the storybook, heroine cloth and searches for Mr. Good Enough amongst the sidekicks and supporting men of the town.

Love at first sight isn’t a cliche for town royalty Armand “Manny” Charmayne. For generations the Charmaynes have spotted their soulmates by seeing a golden aura the first time they laid eyes on The One.

When Manny meets Pumpkin he sees…nothing, but sparks fly off the Richter scale. The more he gets to know her the more he considers defying fate, if only he can convince her to take a chance on love again.
- from Amazon

I must admit when I bought this book I thought it was more fall pumpkin themed I didn't realize that main characters name was Pumpkin. The book was a cute adult Cinderella story with its twists of a single mom. Was not my favorite read. I give it a 3 out of 5 stars.

From the beginning, Mike and Jana had the kind of everyday arguments that drive even the happiest couples apart. Money, careers, insecurity, jealousy...And then kids, infidelity, addiction, and growing walls around their individual hearts. Many people would have separated. But Jana and Mike discovered something invaluable: While fighting under the worst possible circumstances, they learned how to fight for each other with respect, kindness, humor, and faith.

The Good Fight reveals how one couple decided to honor their forever love by battling it out and staying together, told from both sides. With honesty, warmth, and hilarity, Jana and Mike walk us through the details of the most complicated fights of their past. They show readers how they've communicated, prayed, forgiven, and radically embraced each other to live their happiest, most fulfilling lives possible, and offer lessons anyone—married, dating, single—can use to give and receive lasting love.

- From Amazon

Again I didnt realize what the book was about all the way. It gives some great suggestions. Overall reading it and knowing the Jana and Michael just got a divorce you take everything with a grain of salt. 2 out of 5 stars

received from netgalley to read early and review

A charming Christmas village, a storybook castle, a royal ball, and a gorgeous prince are the last things New York City reporter Kaylie Karlyle expects to find on her holiday freelance assignment to Europe. But when the family she’s interviewing turns out to be the royal family of Tolvania, Kaylie has a meltdown when the quirky queen wants her to write a Christmas fairy tale for the spunky, young princess. Kaylie must battle the princess’s father, who doesn’t trust the media, and her own insecurities about writing anything beyond the news.

To spark inspiration for the fairy tale, the queen recruits the prickly Prince Alexander to show Kaylie the family’s most spectacular royal holiday traditions. And sparks definitely fly when the only thing Kaylie and the prince agree on is that they’re both more “bah humbug” than “ho, ho, ho.”

But somewhere between sleigh rides and snow angels, merrymaking and mistletoe, upside-down Christmas trees, and a legendary Christmas crown, Kaylie and the prince open their hearts to Christmas and start believing in themselves and each other. It’s a real-life fairy tale in the making until Kaylie discovers a secret about a royal Christmas heirloom that jeopardizes everyone’s happily ever after. Can the magic of the season save this holiday happy ending?
- from Amazon

Christmas and Hallmarky, my two favorite things. This book did not disappoint. A feel good love story that keeps you hooked. I give it 5 out of 5 stars. 

The broad-minded Baumgartners are ready to open their arms—and their marriage—once again.

While Ronnie, their former flirtatious babysitter, is exploring her newfound naughty nature with her lover, Gretchen, Doc and Mrs. B have their sights set on old friends, Daphne and Ari Wilson.

Things really heat up when Ronnie and Gretchen take on an adventurous new roommate—and her boyfriend, too.

Everyone seems to be having a rousing good time—until romance sparks between Ronnie and her handsome personal trainer, Vince, and she needs to decide—does she really share all that well with others?
- From Amazon

Warning this book is x-rated to the extreme and has been made into a movie. I read one of Selena a few years ago and enjoyed it, This was a good book. 4 out of 5 stars. 

Brecken Hill in upstate New York is an expensive place to live. You have to be rich to have a house there, and Fred and Sheila Merton certainly are rich. But even all their money can't protect them when a killer comes to call. The Mertons are brutally murdered after a fraught Easter dinner with their three adult kids. Who, of course, are devastated.
Or are they? They each stand to inherit millions. They were never a happy family, thanks to their vindictive father and neglectful mother, but perhaps one of the siblings is more disturbed than anyone knew. Did someone snap after that dreadful evening? Or did another person appear later that night with the worst of intentions? That must be what happened. After all, if one of the family were capable of something as gruesome as this, you'd know.
Wouldn't you?
- from Amazon

Read as part of the Bestie Breakdown Podcast book club. Not my typical read but I enjoyed it. I liked that even with a murder it wasn't scary or to gross. I was shocked by who the murder was and also didn't like the way the book ended. There were to many unanswered questions and felt rushed to end the book. 3 out of 5 stars. 

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  1. I am always pleasantly surprised when I step out of my usual which is mystery/thriller and into romcom once in a while, so I get how that probably felt for you in reverse! Like a little boost or something.

  2. I imagine The Good Fight was a big strange to read, knowing they got a divorce in the end.
    I'm hoping to read Not a Happily Family soon.


  3. I know they got divorced, but I think I'd still pick up a copy of The Good Fight just out of sheer curiosity. I occasionally listened to their podcast and followed along their journey. I love the wide range of books you read this month!


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