Happy Thursday! I’m feeling a little like this dog right now…sleepy. I’ve been missing lately, and I apologize for not giving any warning. Things got a bit hectic for a while, and I had to put blogging on the backburner. I had been mentioning that I was starting a FB group to buy, sell, and trade books. Well, my selling took off at an unbelievable pace, so I thought it best to officially start Ali’s Books LLC. While I’d hoped to one day open Ali’s Books, I didn’t figure it would be anytime soon (even if it is only an e-commerce business at the moment). So, lots and lots of research and paperwork has been consuming my life. Hopefully now that I have all of the initial stuff filed, I can start to find a new balance.
I only have two quick reviews for you today, but I wanted to show at least a little proof that I have been still managing to read. I mean, what’s the point if I’m not taking time for reading! If you follow my goodreads, then you probably don’t think I’ve read much lately, but that’s just because I’m slacking with updating it. It’s on the to do list to catch it up to speed.
In 1936, tucked deep into the woods of Troublesome Creek, KY, lives blue-skinned 19-year-old Cussy Carter, the last living female of the rare Blue People ancestry.
The lonely young Appalachian woman joins the historical Pack Horse Library Project of Kentucky and becomes a librarian, riding across slippery creek beds and up treacherous mountains on her faithful mule to deliver books and other reading material to the impoverished hill people of Eastern Kentucky.
Along her dangerous route, Cussy, known to the mountain folk as Bluet, confronts those suspicious of her damselfly-blue skin and the government’s new book program. She befriends hardscrabble and complex fellow Kentuckians, and is fiercely determined to bring comfort and joy, instill literacy, and give to those who have nothing, a bookly respite, a fleeting retreat to faraway lands.
I went into this book completely obliviously to the fact that there were actual blue-skinned people in Kentucky. At first I thought I was reading a historical fiction/fantasy novel. Y’all know I like to go in blind to a lot of books, and I was definitely blind in this case. Methemoglobinemia wasn’t the only thing I had to learn about life in KY in the early 1900s. Racism, prejudices, coal mining politics, gender inequality, and so many other things are addressed. The story was gripping and fascinating, and often heartbreaking. Triggers abound, so make sure you do your research before picking this one up if you have some. But, I was so very glad I decided to pick this one up and experienced the joys and sorrows of a book woman in Kentucky! 4.5 Stars
A full-length STANDALONE romantic comedy from USA TODAY bestselling author R.S. Grey.
Everyone in Cedar Creek, Texas, knows Jack McNight is an arrogant devil. Physically, I get it: he’s tan and fit, with coal-black hair that’s clearly been scorched by hellfire. Oh, and his personality? It burns just as hot.
When I show up on the doorstep of Blue Stone Ranch, I’m run-down and rockin’ my last pair of underwear. I’m hoping for a savior, but instead, I find him.
My opinion of Jack is marred by a dismal first impression, but his opinion of me is tainted even before I arrive. He’s heard I’m a spoiled princess there to take advantage of his goodwill. To him, I’m more trouble than I’m worth.
Our button-pushing banter should get under my skin. His arrogance should be a major turn-off. Problem is, devils are known to offer their own form of temptation.
Every one of his steely glares sends a shiver down my spine.
Every steamy encounter leaves me reeling.
Sure, it could be the Texas heat messing with my head, but there’s no way I’ll survive the summer without silencing him with a kiss and wrestling him out of those Wranglers.
Who knows…going to bed with the devil might just be the salvation I’ve been looking for all along.
ARROGANT DEVIL is a full-length romantic comedy of 93,000 words.
This was a fun city girl/country boy and boss/employee romance. I loved the small town feels and the ranch setting. Meredith had been through a lot but she’s a tough chick, and she didn’t quit fighting for herself even when she didn’t have anyone fighting for her.
At first Meredith and Jack butt heads constantly. But, it was so fun to watch that turn into something more as Jack realized he’d been given a very wrong impression of her. And I loved how Jack wanted him and his grandma to be Meredith’s people, even if nothing romantic took place between them. And speaking of grandma – she was such a great addition to the story! I loved when she pulled the shotgun on the ex!!
Both of these were definite solid reads for me! Hopefully I’ll get some more reviews up soon!