The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek & Arrogant Devil

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.

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Honest Illusions & Kingdom of the Cursed

Happy Saturday! I hope you’re all enjoying a nice weekend! It’s been a crazy week, so I haven’t posted a lot. But, I wanted to share my thoughts on the last couple of books that I did finish because I loved them!

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Once Upon a Broken Heart, The Ex Hex, & These Hollow Vows

Happy Tuesday! I wasn’t feeling today’s TTT topic, but I have been wanting to put up some of my thoughts on some recent reads, though, so I’m doing that today.

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Getting Played ~ Review

Title: Getting Played

Series: Getting Some #2

Author: Emma Chase

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: October 8, 2019

Publisher: Indi / Audible Studios

Pages: 292


Dean Walker is all about keeping life simple. He’s effortlessly talented and intelligent—spending his summers playing drums in the local band and the rest of the year teaching high school in the same Jersey town where he grew up. He likes his love life simple too, enjoying the commitment-free hook-ups his good looks and sexy charm have always made oh so easy.

Then he meets Lainey Burrows. And his simple, easy life gets turned upside down.

One wild one-night stand was all it was ever supposed to be, so Lainey is shocked when she discovers that her sizzling summer fling is also her son’s new math teacher. But that’s nothing compared to the most unexpected twist of all—their hot hook-up left Lainey knocked up, and now they’re about to become parents. Together.

What ensues is an addictive, insatiable, sweet and tender romance that won’t be simple, but it will be more than worth the fight.

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Return to the Big Valley ~ Review

Title: Return to the Big Valley (Wilma’s Wish, Martha’s Miracle, and Alma’s Acceptance)

Series: N/A

Author: Wanda Brunstetter, Jean Brunstetter, and Richelle Brunstetter

Genre: Amish Romance/Christian

Release Date: June 1, 2021

Publisher: Barbour Fiction

Pages: 448


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Truly Devious ~ Review

Title: Truly Devious

Series: Truly Devious #1

Author: Maureen Johnson

Genre: YA Mystery

Release Date: January 16, 2018

Publisher: HarperCollins

Pages: 416


Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early twentieth century tycoon, who wanted to make a wonderful place full of riddles, twisting pathways, and gardens. “A place,” he said, “where learning is a game.”

Shortly after the school opened, his wife and daughter were kidnapped. The only real clue was a mocking riddle listing methods of murder, signed with the frightening pseudonym “Truly, Devious.” It became one of the great unsolved crimes of American history.

True-crime aficionado Stevie Bell is set to begin her first year at Ellingham Academy, and she has an ambitious plan: She will solve this cold case. That is, she will solve the case when she gets a grip on her demanding new school life and her housemates: the inventor, the novelist, the actor, the artist, and the jokester. But something strange is happening. Truly Devious makes a surprise return, and death revisits Ellingham Academy. The past has crawled out of its grave. Someone has gotten away with murder. 

The two interwoven mysteries of this first book in the Truly Devious series dovetail brilliantly, and Stevie Bell will continue her relentless quest for the murderers in books two and three.

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Heidi’s Guide to Four Letter Words ~ Review

Title: Heidi’s Guide to Four Letter Words

Series: N/A

Author: Tara Sivec & Andi Arndt

Genre: Chick Lit/ Contemporary Romance

Release Date: September 3, 2019

Publisher: Indie

Pages: 197


Cowritten by USA Today best-selling author Tara Sivec and award-winning narrator Andi Arndt, a hysterically funny, heartfelt romance about starting over and taking chances.

Nothing good ever comes from drinking a box of wine alone. So when I decided to entertain my drunken self by setting up some hand-me-down podcasting equipment and reading the steamy parts from romance novels, I never thought anyone would actually listen. The fact that I admitted my huge crush on my sexy next door neighbor made the whole thing even more mortifying. But sometimes life surprises you, and that’s how my podcast, Heidi’s Discount Erotica, was born.

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Yes & I Love You ~ Review

Title: Yes & I Love You
Series: Say Everything #1
Author: Roni Loren

Release Date: March 2, 2021
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Pages: 352

Rating: 5 out of 5.


Everyone knows Miz Poppy, the vibrant reviewer whose commentary brightens the New Orleans nightlife. But no one knows Hollyn, the real face behind the media star…or the fear that keeps her isolated. When her boss tells her she needs to add video to her blog or lose her job, she’s forced to rely on an unexpected source to help her face her fears.

When aspiring actor Jasper Deares finds out the shy woman who orders coffee every day is actually Miz Poppy, he realizes he has a golden opportunity to get the media attention his acting career needs. All he has to do is help Hollyn come out of her shell…and through their growing connection, finally find her voice.

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On the Rocks ~ Review

Title: On the Rocks
Series: Becker Brothers, #1
Author: Kandi Steiner

Release Date: June 4, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 340

Rating: 4 out of 5.


Noah Becker is nothing but trouble.

That’s what Mama told me when I was a kid, kicking his pew in church and giggling at the games we’d play. It’s what the town said when his father died and the Becker brothers went wild. And it’s on repeat in my mind the day I walk into the whiskey distillery where he works to buy a wedding gift for my fiancé.

He’s trouble.
Dirty, sweaty, rude trouble.

No matter how many times I repeat it, I can’t escape Noah in our small Tennessee town. And the more I run into him, the more he infuriates me.

Because he sees what no one else does.

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Forget Me Not ~ Review

Title: Forget Me Not
Series: N/A
Author: Q.B. Tyler

Release Date: September 25, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 298

Rating: 4 out of 5.


What do you do when the love of your life forgets?
Not the good times.
Not the love.
Not the passion.
But the pain and heartbreak and betrayal.
He doesn’t remember that he broke my heart.
But I do.
He doesn’t remember the darkest parts of our marriage.
He doesn’t remember that six months ago, I said goodbye.
What do you do when the love of your life remembers your marriage but not your divorce?

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