Cover Reveal: Surviving Savannah by Patti Callahan

I’m so excited to be helping to reveal the cover for Patti Callahan’s new book coming out March 9, 2021! First, let me tell you some more about the book.

Blurb:

It was called “The Titanic of the South.” The luxury steamship sank in 1838 with Savannah’s elite on board; through time, their fates were forgotten–until the wreck was found, and now their story is finally being told in this breathtaking novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Becoming Mrs. Lewis.

When Savannah history professor Everly Winthrop is asked to guest-curate a new museum collection focusing on artifacts recovered from the steamship Pulaski, she’s shocked. The ship sank after a boiler explosion in 1838, and the wreckage was just discovered, 180 years later. Everly can’t resist the opportunity to try to solve some of the mysteries and myths surrounding the devastating night of its sinking.

Everly’s research leads her to the astounding history of a family of eleven who boarded the Pulaski together, and the extraordinary stories of two women from this family: a known survivor, Augusta Longstreet, and her niece, Lilly Forsyth, who was never found, along with her child. These aristocratic women were part of Savannah’s society, but when the ship exploded, each was faced with difficult and heartbreaking decisions. This is a moving and powerful exploration of what women will do to endure in the face of tragedy, the role fate plays, and the myriad ways we survive the surviving.

Doesn’t that sound great?! You can preorder it here Finally, here’s the gorgeous cover!

Review: Kiss My Cupcake by Helena Hunting

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Release date: August 11, 2020

Publisher: Forever

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Blurb:

Blaire Calloway has planned every Instagram-worthy moment of her cupcake and cocktails shop launch down to the tiniest detail. What she didn’t plan on? Ronan Knight and his old-school sports bar next door opening on the very same day. He may be super swoony, but Blaire hasn’t spent years obsessing over buttercream and bourbon to have him ruin her chance at success.

From axe throwing (his place) to frosting contests (hers), Blaire and Ronan are constantly trying to one-up each other in a battle to win new customers. But with every clash, there’s also an undeniable chemistry. When an even bigger threat to their business comes to town, they’re forced to call a temporary time-out on their own war and work together. And the more time Blaire spends getting to know the real Ronan, the more she wonders if it’s possible to have her cupcake and eat it too. 

Review:

Oh my lord was this one CUTE y’all! If you like baking, enemies to lovers and a slow burn romance this one is a must. It made me feel all the warm and fuzzies and was such a perfect escape for me.

Blaire was downright adorable and quirky to boot, and Ronan was basically her polar opposite. From the moment they meet their banter was hilarious and HH is the queen of creating amazing chemistry between her characters so this one had some heat to it. It does take awhile for their to be any sexy scenes, there’s a lot of buildup before they hookup, but I think the wait was definitely worth it. This was heartfelt and sweet, tons of endearing characters and the most charming and adorable love story I’ve read about in awhile. I adored this sweet couple and was definitely bummed when I finished. Highly recommended by me for romance fans!

Overall rating: 4.5/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

Review: The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard

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Release date: August 4, 2020

Publisher: Blackstone

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Blurb:

At the age of twelve, Eve Black was the only member of her family to survive an encounter with serial attacker the Nothing Man. Now an adult, she is obsessed with identifying the man who destroyed her life.

Supermarket security guard Jim Doyle has just started reading The Nothing Man–the true-crime memoir Eve has written about her efforts to track down her family’s killer. As he turns each page, his rage grows. Because Jim’s not just interested in reading about the Nothing Man. He is the Nothing Man.

Jim soon beings to realize how dangerously close Eve is getting to the truth. He knows she won’t give up until she finds him. He has no choice but to stop her first …

Review:

After a string of mediocre “thrillers” I had high hopes for this one and it did not disappoint. I’ve had a long fascination with serial killers so the description immediately pulled me in and I also was intrigued by the survivor angle as well. And then the fact that you already know who the killer is made for a tense game of cat and mouse, so basically what I’m saying is I was SOLD!

I’m a big fan of a book within a book, especially if it’s done well and fortunately for me this one was done incredibly well. Jim is reading Eve’s book about his own killings and it unfolded in such a wickedly delicious way, it felt like you were reading a true crime book and a thriller which was pretty damn cool. I don’t wanna discuss the plot anymore but this is a good one y’all, if you like a true page turner that’s clever and fresh don’t miss this!

Overall rating: 5/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

Review: Lies Lies Lies by Adele Parks

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Release date: August 4, 2020

Publisher: MIRA

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Blurb:

Daisy and Simon’s marriage isn’t what it seems… 

After years together, the arrival of longed-for daughter Millie sealed everything in place. They’re a happy little family of three.

So what if Simon drinks a bit too much sometimes—Daisy’s used to it. She knows he’s just letting off steam. Until one night at a party things spiral horribly out of control. And their happy little family of three will never be the same again.

In Lies, Lies, Lies, #1 Sunday Times bestselling author Adele Parks explores the darkest corners of a relationship in free fall in a mesmerizing tale of marriage and secrets.

Review:

Much like the last book I read from this author you have to go into this with the right expectations in order to enjoy it, in my opinion. While it starts out in a fairly average way, after you get to about the halfway point things take a sharp turn and you definitely need to be able to suspend some disbelief in order to not drive yourself crazy trying to decide if things are actually possible or not. What begins as a look inside Daisy and Simon’s troubled marriage soon takes a really dark turn and things get intense and super dramatic.

Per the title the lies pile up throughout the book and as it flips back and forth between Daisy and Simon it was hard to tell who was lying, maybe both of them? Tons of unreliability and while I did see a few of the many twists coming, there were so dang many that I didn’t because they were WILD. Wild can be fun though and I mostly had a fun experience with this one, but seriously, one of the reveals was so bizarre I had to laugh. If you’ve read this DM me so I can see if you had the same reaction to it as I did please! I’ll definitely read more from the author, she writes pretty entertaining and original, of over the top books.

Overall rating: 3.5/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

Review: The Suicide House by Charlie Donlea

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Release date: July 28, 2020

Publisher: Kensington

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Blurb:

A chilling murder in a prestigious prep school is at the heart of this riveting new novel from acclaimed author Charlie Donlea, featuring forensic reconstructionist Rory Moore and her psychologist partner, Lane Phillips.

Inside the walls of Indiana’s elite Westmont Preparatory High School, expectations run high and rules are strictly enforced. But in the woods beyond the manicured campus and playing fields sits an abandoned boarding house that is infamous among Westmont’s students as a late-night hangout. Here, only one rule applies: don’t let your candle go out–unless you want the Man in the Mirror to find you. . . .

One year ago, two students were killed there in a grisly slaughter. The case has since become the focus of a hit podcast, The Suicide House. Though a teacher was convicted of the murders, mysteries and questions remain. The most urgent among them is why so many students who survived that horrific night have returned to the boarding house–to kill themselves.

Rory, an expert in reconstructing cold cases, is working on The Suicide House podcast with Lane, recreating the night of the killings in order to find answers that have eluded the school, the town, and the police. But the more they learn about the troubled students, the chillingly stoic culprit, and a dangerous game gone tragically wrong, the more convinced they become that something sinister is still happening. Inside Westmont Prep, the game hasn’t ended. It thrives on secrecy and silence. And for its players, there may be no way to win–or to survive. . . .

Review:

This is the second in a series and while I’m sure you could jump in here there is quite a bit of backstory, mainly with Rory in the first book so just keep that in mind if you jump in at book two. Also, if you’re a fan of the author you may notice some character crossover here, don’t worry if you haven’t read all of his books, (but you should cause they’re all solid reads) it’s just a nice little treat for longtime readers.

There is a lot going on in this one, a few main plots and then subplots but they all make sense as you keep reading, just know that there’s a few characters to keep track of and it did take me a short time to feel settled into the story. But once I was, I was all in. With so much going on there is no room for boredom which is always appreciated by me and this one was super fast paced and exciting. The flashback chapters to a year ago at Westmont Prep were super atmospheric and had a sinister feel to it as you already know many of the kids will be dead within a year. I loved diving even deeper into Rory and Lane’s characters, they’re both so fascinating and I hope we get more from them. If you enjoy the addition of popular stylistic thrillers like podcasts, etc give this a try it was a tricky mystery and another great read from the author!

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.