We are avid readers with to read lists a mile long and sitting down to review all of them properly takes too much precious reading time and we have busy lives. So, in the style of Modern Mrs Darcy, we are doing a quick round up for you.
What Melissa Read
For the Love (2015) by Jenn Hatmaker (audio book narrated by the author)
I’m not usually a fan of audio books as I read pretty fast and so audio books seem so slow. But I do a lot of driving my three boys around so I gave it a go and became hooked! I finished a book by performing a mundane daily tasks.
For the Love is a collection of essays in which Jen (I call her Jen as she feels like my friend, she made me laugh out loud while driving alone with the baby!) discusses motherhood, womanhood and Christianity. It was profoundly good timing that I got it on Ash Wendesday (the beginning of the Easter season) to start thinking through how I am practicing in all of these areas. Thoroughly recommended read.
A Curse so Dark and Lonely (2019) by Brigid Kemmerer
I received this book shiny and new from the library just after its release date. Thank goodness for our library, I couldn’t fund my reading habit (if we’re calling a spade, a spade, my addiction) without it. It was phenomenal. As I said in my full review I had come off of a few disappointing reads and had been waiting for something gripping since the last Sarah J Maas installment. This was it. The story, characters and writing had me from word one.
In Darkness Transformed by Alexis Morgan (2018)
Since I read Our Lady Mage when I did my fantasy romance binge, I have been working my way through Morgan’s works. This was the beginning of a spin off series from the Palladins – in which Palladins protecting the world from the Others fall in love. There’s world saving and steam and strong women protagonists to go along with the big strong men. It’s a quick read in a well developed storyline.
What Luke Read
Seth and Greyson (2015) by Jessica Sorensen
Seth leaves his small town for a college to get a fresh start. He becomes best friends with Callie, opening up about their pasts. The real challenge, though, comes in the form of Greyson, a guy he likes – a guy he struggles to let in. I loved Seth and Greyson even more on this reread. Being inside Seth’s head, seeing a vulnerable side to him as he starts to let Greyson in – as he learns to let go of the trauma in his past – I fell in love with him even more.
Coming in From the Cold (2015) by Sarina Bowen
Willow meets Dane after an accident in which her truck forces him off the road, and from the moment they are stranded in his jeep, they find themselves connecting in ways deeper than they expected – but there’s a secret that gets in the way. I really liked this, more than I expected. It was romantic, it was sexy – and hot – and I came to love Willow and Dane. Sarina Bowen always amazes me.
Dead Witch Walking (2004) by Kim Harrison
When Rachel Morgan, a witch, breaks her contract with Interland Runner (I.S.) Services, she finds herself marked for death. Now, she’s on the run, needing to pay off her contract – but she seems to be making an enemy that threatens her more than the I.S. I wasn’t a huge fan of this one; I liked the main character enough (though I wish she would cut down on how many times she says “Swell”), the world-building in it, and the humour throughout it, but I couldn’t really get into it for some reason.
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