9 Books to add to your 2020 TBR

For the final day of the year I’m sharing some books I’ve read for 2020 and really enjoyed! Definitely recommend preordering or getting in the library holds list.

American Dirt was just incredible and so timely.

HEAPL was my most anticipated book for 2020 and it lived up to my expectations and then some!

I’m obsessed with Greer and Sarah as an author duo and definitely enjoyed their newest!

New D. D. and Flora book is always a treat for me and this one was amazing!

Follow Me was creepy and awesome!

A Good Neighborhood was a really well written and complex story that broke my heart.

The Wife and the Widow was an incredibly clever thriller, just awesome!

Love Her or Lose Her was a fantastic romance with the perfect mix of tenderness and steam.

Followers was a really clever story that examines social media with a sharp lens.

What books are you excited about for 2020?

Best Audiobooks of 2019 #bestof2019

Audio was a lifesaver for me in 2019, I listened to SO many incredible books while driving, running errands and doing chores. I’ve partnered up with my friends at Libro.fm and if you sign up you can get 3 audiobooks for the price of 1! These were my favorite listens and a couple weren’t even released this year, I just had to include them.

Many of these I didn’t write a full review but trust me when I say they were all amazing and there’s something for everyone here!

Are you an audiobook fan?!

Best Thrillers of 2019 #bestof2019

Admittedly I struggled with mystery/thrillers for a good part of the year but there were still quite a few standouts for me that make me want to continue reading the genre!

TSP took the book world by storm, and rightly so. If you still haven’t read it yet it’s a must!

Stalker was just an incredibly smart and sharp thriller.

Miracle Creek is more of a literary mystery but it’s phenomenal and a must read!

The Last Act was another super solid read from an author I’ve grown to trust. This was twisty and compelling!

KBelle is another trusted author for me and Dear Wife was another wickedly delicious and smart thriller from her!

It’s Harlan Coben, he’s phenomenal read it! Run Away was even a book I convinced my husband to read and he’s not a reader AT ALL.

The Arrangement was juicy and dramatic and just awesome!

I Know Who You Are was dark, twisted and shocking, what more could I want in a thriller?!

The Family Upstairs had a really cool gothic vibe and was super edgy!

Whisper Man was creepy AF!

Have you read any of these?

Best Romance of 2019 #bestof2019

2019 was the year of romance for me, I read a TON of them and really found myself enjoying the genre.

Well Met had everything I look for in a romance, humor, sweetness and a unique premise!

Bromance was another one with a unique premise and I couldn’t be more excited that it’s the start of a series!

Alaskan Christmas was my first Jennifer Snow book and I was blown away, SO good!

HH proved with her sophomore novel that she’s an extremely talented writer and she brings so much diversity to the genre Bride Test

It’s CoHo, obviously Regretting You makes my list!

Tom Hanks couldn’t be any cuter, a must for rom com fans!

Again, it’s CL of course at least one of their books made my list Unhoneymooners

One Summer could’ve also fit on my WF list but it definitely has romance as well 🤷‍♀️

Unbreakables was sexy and modern, LOVED it!

TFZ is the must read romance of the year!

How to Hack is an adorable and fun rom com!

Have you read any of these?

Best Series of 2019 #bestof2019

Today I’m sharing my favorite series of the year, I’ve read every single book from each of these series and I can assure you that I enjoyed every single book. A tough feat as often a series can get stale over time!

If you like serial killer thrillers Sixth Wicked is a must read, SO good!

KS is queen, that is all. Last Widow

If you like true crime podcasts then Changeling and the entire Six Stories series is a must read!

Lori Anderson is the definition of badass and so is this series!

I must have a thing for fierce female heroines and D. D. and Flora are SO fierce Never Tell

Another ass kicking female with the Kim Stone series, Angie Marsons is incredible and this series is one of the best!

A departure from crime, KWH’s Southern Side of Paradise is the final book in her Peachtree Bluff series and it was fantastic!

The Haven Point series is my go to recommendation for feel good, Hallmark movie style books, SO sweet!

Passion on Park Avenue is the first in a trilogy and I adore LL’s flirty, fun style.

I love the Southern Eclectic series and Gimme Some Sugar was another great addition

Have you read any of these?

Best Women’s Fiction of 2019 #bestof2019

I’m super excited because today kicks off my best of series and I have narrowed down my favorite reads of the year into seven categories; WF, Romance, Series, Thrillers, Audiobooks, Backlist and even some 2020 books I’ve managed to read and highly recommend!

Here’s my favorite WF book of 2019, I would love to know if you’ve read any of these or if they’re on your TBR.

Nina Hill was adorable and so very relatable!

I adore CRH and Luis Velez was another emotional and beautiful book!

JB writes the best summer reads with so much depth and heart, Drawing Home was no exception.

Frenemies was fun, snarky and I was totally obsessed with it!

EW is an author that just speaks to me soul, I loved Inbetween

KH is of my all time favorite authors, I’ll read anything she writes and Life was fabulous!

KC writes such heartfelt and emotional books with humor, I just love her books. Things You Save was amazing!

Mrs. is really a blend of WF and historical but I didn’t even read enough HF to have a full list 🤷‍♀️ either way this book was amazing!

Things We Cannot Say may be my favorite book of all time so no way was I leaving this one off my list even though it’s really HF. It does have two timelines though!

Review: Follow Me by Kathleen Barber


Release date: February 25, 2020

Publisher: Gallery

Genre: Mystery/Thriller


Everyone wants new followers…until they follow you home.

Audrey Miller has an enviable new job at the Smithsonian, a body by reformer Pilates, an apartment door with a broken lock, and hundreds of thousands of Instagram followers to bear witness to it all. Having just moved to Washington, DC, Audrey busies herself impressing her new boss, interacting with her online fan base, and staving off a creepy upstairs neighbor with the help of the only two people she knows in town: an ex-boyfriend she can’t stay away from and a sorority sister with a high-powered job and a mysterious past.

But Audrey’s faulty door may be the least of her security concerns. Unbeknownst to her, her move has brought her within striking distance of someone who’s obsessively followed her social media presence for years—from her first WordPress blog to her most recent Instagram Story. No longer content to simply follow her carefully curated life from a distance, he consults the dark web for advice on how to make Audrey his and his alone. In his quest to win her heart, nothing is off-limits—and nothing is private.


Where are my You fans at?! If you like creepy and unsettling stalker stories you have GOT to read this one! Have you ever thought about exactly what you share on social media? Most of us post somewhere online daily, but have you ever really thought about the dangers of over sharing online? Or the fact that if any of youraccounts are public you have no idea who may really be watching your every move? CREEPY AF I told you! If this book doesn’t make you think about your own online presence I don’t know what will. 

The whole story has a really menacing vibe and you hear from Audrey, her best friend Cat and Him, her obsessed stalker. The chapters from Him were chilling, I always love getting a glimpse inside the mind of someone who is disturbing and this guy was terrifying. People beingwatched never fails to scare the shit out of me and Barber did an amazing job of bringing that fear to life. This is definitely another page turner from the author and only solidifies her place on my list of must read authors! 

Overall rating: 5/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

Review: The Wives by Tarryn Fisher


Release date: December 30, 2019

Publisher: Graydon House

Genre: Psychological Thriller


Thursday’s husband, Seth, has two other wives. She’s never met them, and she doesn’t know anything about them. She agreed to this unusual arrangement because she’s so crazy about him.

But one day, she finds something. Something that tells a very different—and horrifying—story about the man she married. 

What follows is one of the most twisted, shocking thrillers you’ll ever read. 

You’ll have to grab a copy to find out why.


Are you ready for a crazy ass, wild binge read that will blow your mind? This one was SO entertaining you guys, I seriously could not put it down, I had to know what would happen next. Like HAD to. Let’s start with the premise, it’s like Sister Wives on crack. One man, three wives but the women don’t know each other nor do they know anything about each other. They know they exist, but that’s it. I mean, could you even imagine?! Insanity. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg friends, what unfolds is one bat shit crazy, fun ride!

This is a tricky one to review because part of what made this so deliciously wicked for me was not knowing much before going in. What I can say is it was entirely unpredictable and had me totally on the edge of my seat the whole time. Shocking, twisty and gripping for sure and then y’all know an ending can make or break a book for me, (especially in a thriller) and this one delivered. Grab this one as a weekend read and get ready to be consumed by the lives of these intensely captivating characters, I haven’t had so much fun reading a thriller in a long time.

Overall rating: 5/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

Review: Low Country Christmas by Lee Tobin McClain #ReadLoveBeMerry #HarlequinChristmas #RomanceNovels #ChristmasRomance

Buy the book here

Release date: September 24, 2019

Publisher: HQN

Genre: Contemporary Romance


Come home to Safe Haven, where the best Christmas surprises aren’t the ones under the tree.

Holly Gibson has one wish this Christmas season: to find her young niece’s father. And she’s traveled hundreds of miles to the small town of Safe Haven to make that wish come true. But the mysterious Cash O’Dwyer is nothing like she expected. Strong and kind, he makes her heart beat faster. And suddenly that little secret she’s keeping about her sister stirs up all kinds of guilt…

Cash is stunned—and more than a little wary—to discover he’s a father. Having a family of his own was never part of his plan…until sweet baby Penny and her fiercely independent aunt Holly arrive in town. Now he’s trimming trees and stuffing stockings for three. But when the ghosts of Cash’s past threaten the future of his fragile new family, he’ll do whatever it takes to be the father Penny needs—and the man Holly deserves—for more than just the holidays. 

Before I share my thoughts I have an excerpt from the book to share!


 On a mid-November evening, Cash O’Dwyer locked the door of his luxury condo and trotted down the steps, holding his phone to his ear to listen to the third message from his CFO in Atlanta. “Urgent that you return this—” 

“Watch it!” The feminine voice was accompanied by a baby’s cry.

Cash stopped with one foot halfway down to the next step and squinted at the woman, who’d pressed herself flat against the railing on the landing, baby cradled protectively in her arms. He lifted a hand, palm out. “Sorry, sorry, ma’am, wasn’t watching where I was going.” He continued past them as he listened to the rest of his message. And then, as he processed what he’d seen, he clicked off his phone and turned back, shifting his focus from Atlanta and business deals to a very pretty young mother practically on his doorstep here in Safe Haven, South Carolina.

The woman was still on the landing, gently joggling the baby, whose cries were already dying out.

“Can I help you?” As he spoke, he checked the time on his phone. His brothers and their families would be waiting for him, the nieces and nephews getting more and more impatient, the wives ready to strangle him. His pockets full of candy and little toys wouldn’t make up for a night of fussy kids. He’d told them to go ahead without him, that he’d meet them at the holiday tree-lighting ceremony in the park, but his sisters-in-law had insisted that they all have dessert together first, at the Southern Comfort Café.

His sisters-in-law were big on tradition, something he and his brothers were pretty severely lacking.

Three messages flashed onto his lock screen. His sales manager, his brother Liam and his brother Sean’s wife, Anna.

Above him on the landing, the woman hadn’t moved, hadn’t spoken. The baby, who looked to be a girl and about a year old, settled against her shoulder with a gurgly sigh. “Can I help you?” he asked again. These stairs led to two condos, his own and that of an older businesswoman. “Are you looking for Hillary?”

“No.” She stared into his eyes and hers were strangely familiar. “We’re looking for you.”

A spark of anxiety climbed up his spine. He didn’t like it. “Is it an emergency? What’s your connection to me?”

Her eyebrow lifted just enough that he realized he sounded abrupt. Which was too bad, but that was how he was. Driven, impatient, materialistic. Not as bad as his father had been—at least Cash wasn’t violent about it. But still. The old man must have known what he was doing, giving him the name Cash. It was why he didn’t have a wife and kids, the way his brothers did.

“It’s…a long story,” she said. There was anxiety in her voice. “Is there somewhere we could talk?”

He glanced at his phone again, the time ticking away. “Not right now, no.” He tried to keep the irritation out of his tone. There were a lot of people in the world, especially in the South, for whom time had a different meaning than it did for him. People who didn’t mind having drop-in guests because their schedules were flexible or nonexistent.

Cash O’Dwyer wasn’t one of those people.

“Does the name Tiffany Gibson ring a bell?”

“Tiffany…yeah.” Involuntarily, he smiled. He’d shared a very lovely week with Tiffany, when she’d vacationed in a beach resort adjoining Safe Haven at the same time he’d been spending a rare week in his hometown. “I do remember Tiff,” he said.

“She’s my sister. I’m Holly Gibson.” She was watching him steadily, like that was going to mean something to him.

But he and Tiffany hadn’t spent their time together talking about their families. They hadn’t talked much, period. He didn’t think Tiffany had even mentioned she had a sister.

That must be why this woman’s big grey eyes had looked so familiar. He didn’t have time to piece together why Tiff’s sister had shown up on his doorstep with a baby, but she probably had a sob story and needed money. That didn’t even faze him anymore; as his bank account had expanded, so had the number of people who wanted to be his best friend. Couldn’t blame ’em for trying.

But this one had a baby, which got to him. “Look,” he said impulsively, starting down the stairs and gesturing for her to follow, “I’m late for this tree-lighting thing. It’s a tradition, and there are kids involved, kids I can’t disappoint. If you’d like to ride along, we can talk in the car. Or…” He frowned at the baby. “You can follow in your own car, if you’d be more comfortable.”

“I came in an Uber,” she said as she reached the bottom of the stairs, then half knelt and picked up a car seat she must’ve left there. “I can ride along with you.”

She’d come in an Uber? That meant she didn’t have a car. Definitely a sob story coming, but two more messages pinged onto his phone and he didn’t have time to deal with it. He just took the car seat out of her hands, opened the rear door of his Tesla and slid it in. From his brothers, he’d actually learned how kids’ car seats worked, so he attached the top tether strap to the anchor point, then stepped back to give her access.

“I’m impressed. Most guys can’t do that.” She bent over and carefully buckled in the baby.

Just as carefully, Cash tried to keep his eyes away from her sweet, shapely form. He focused on the sound of the waves lapping just beyond the parking lot, the sweet-smelling winter honeysuckle that climbed a lamppost, the stars emerging against the velvet-blue sky.


This is yet another series where I just jumped in midway without reading the two previous books but I was totally fine starting here. The author does a great job at providing just enough background information so you’re not lost, although she did make me curious about the other two O’Dwyer brothers so I may be going back to the beginning at some point. This seems to be my preferred way to read a series, backwards with no rhyme or reason but it works for me! 🤪

I love the premise of this one, the fact that Holly’s sister is the mother of Cash’s daughter was intriguing to me, the idea that the two of them had no history together and were meeting under these circumstances definitely kept me engaged. I found Holly to be relatable and sweet, I was rooting for her to find her HEA and thought she was admirable for doing her best to provide her baby niece with a stable and happy life. Cash was adorable as he tried to navigate how to be a dad and while he did drive me crazy a few times with his abrupt manner towards Holly, he won me over in the end.

This was a sweet, heartwarming little holiday romance and the setting matched the charm of the story perfectly. The residents of Safe Haven added even more heart to an already heartfelt story and I loved the side storylines that played out alongside the main plot. Definitely recommended by me, especially if you like small town romances!

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.