Waiting On Wednesday (524) Sundae's Best (Briar County #2) by Riley Hart

Expected publication: December 8th 2021
Genre: M/M, Romance


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings
that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.
(WoW was previously hosted by Breaking The Spine.)

This my favorite day of the week because I love sharing and discovering new books.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Grady Dalton is in a rut. He’s thirty-eight, without a boyfriend, and has yet to find the place that feels like home. The closest he ever got was his best friend, Nathan. But it’s been seven years since he passed, and life isn’t getting easier. That’s how he ends up in Briar County, hoping to grow roots in the place Nathan had loved.

Deacon Sharpe spends his days serving homemade ice cream at Sundae’s Best and his nights alone, pretending he’s getting by after his wife’s death better than he is. His world is rocked when a man shows up, claiming he’d been his brother-in-law’s best friend, and who seems to miss Nathan as much as Deacon misses Patty.

Their losses connect them, but soon, the weight of their loneliness eases with laughter, making ice cream, and Grady reminding Deacon what it feels like to be held again. Deacon tells himself it’s platonic. How can it be more when he’s forty and has never been with a man, never even been attracted to one. But then, he’d never felt those things about anyone other than Patty either. And when Grady touches him…kisses him…nothing else matters and the rest of the world melts away.

Together they can deal with family drama, small-town gossip, and Deacon’s newly discovered feelings. But as it often does, life has one more curveball to throw their way…


A December release that's NOT Christmas related? Alrighty then. This book sounds too good to pass up, so it's going on my reading list.

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Waiting On Wednesday (523) Operation Meet the Parents (Operation HEA #2) by K.M. Neuhold

Expected publication: December 3rd 2021 by K.M. Neuhold
Genre: M/M, Romance


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings
that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.
(WoW was previously hosted by Breaking The Spine.)

This my favorite day of the week because I love sharing and discovering new books.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Teddy is ready to pop the question, but can he find the perfect movie-moment proposal for Harlow? And more importantly, will Harlow survive meeting the parents? Oh, the joy of Christmas.

A missed connecting flight, inappropriate winter attire, and a kitchen fire…it wouldn’t be Christmas without some complications, right?

I know Harlow is desperately trying to impress my family, but I’m a lot more concerned about coming up with a proposal worthy of his Hollywood dreams. That is if he doesn’t burn the house down first.

There’s nothing like the holidays with family. Fa la la la la….


Another must read for me. A cute Christmas companion novella to a story I read in September - Operation: Meet Cute. I haven't reached my fill of holiday stories yet, so bring this on!!

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Waiting On Wednesday (522) Christmas Wish List (Hartbridge Christmas #2) by N.R. Walker

Expected publication: November 25th 2021 by BlueHeart Press
Genre: M/M, Romance


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings
that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.
(WoW was previously hosted by Breaking The Spine.)

This my favorite day of the week because I love sharing and discovering new books.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

In need of work and a change of scenery, Aussie ex-pat Jayden Turner agrees to a short-term chef position at a Bed and Breakfast over the Christmas holidays. After all, how hard could it be in a small town in the mountains of Montana? What he finds is a grand old house in a beautiful town, and his new boss is gorgeous, gay, and single.

After his divorce, Carter “Cass” Campion bought his great-aunt’s rundown country manor in his home town, and he’s determined to get it ready for the busy holiday period. Recently out as gay, he’s been focused solely on his business and hasn’t had time for a man. Not that many gay men come through Hartbridge . . .

As his new clients arrive, and being away from his two kids, celebrating Christmas is the last thing on Cass’s mind. But his new chef has other ideas. And if there’s one thing on his Christmas Wish List this year, Jayden can make it come true.


I have REALLY enjoyed this author's recent works. This is another book that I am looking forward to.
And it's time for me to get going on all of my Christmas reading!!

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Waiting On Wednesday (521) Forever Wilde in Aster Valley by Lucy Lennox


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings
that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.
(WoW was previously hosted by Breaking The Spine.)

This my favorite day of the week because I love sharing and discovering new books.


(Dearest Milton James #2)
by N.R. Walker
Expected publication: November 15th 2021 by BlueHeart Press
Genre: M/M, Romance

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Julian Pollard never believed in love at first sight. That was until he met Malachi Keogh. Well, maybe it wasn’t love at first sight, but it sure was something.

Julian had forgotten how to live, how to be happy, and Malachi changed all that. Now together for four years, Julian wants to give Malachi a Christmas he’ll never forget.

The only problem is, Christmas at a mail distribution centre is the busiest time of the year. It just might take the whole team to make it happen.



(Forever Wilde #9)
by Lucy Lennox
Expected publication: November 16th 2021
Genre: M/M, Romance

Synopsis from Goodreads:

When Miller Hobbs finds himself on a winter vacation in Colorado with the giant, exceedingly loud, Marian and Wilde families, he doesn’t quite know what to do with himself. He’s not really a Marian or a Wilde despite having DNA ties to both.

So every morning before the rest of the family wakes up and fills Rockley Lodge with holiday merriment (and noise), he escapes to the quaint downtown of Aster Valley where he spies a man through the bakery window kneading dough and dancing to music only he can hear. Miller is entranced by the dancing baker, and when Darius looks up and catches Miller staring, the interest suddenly goes both ways.

Can two strangers find love among the quaint chaos of an Aster Valley Christmas? Even if it includes the two most overwhelming and meddling families vying for the title of greatest matchmakers of all time?


Dearest Milton James was one of my favorite reads this year, so I'm looking forward to this short novella!!

Forever Wilde in Aster Valley is a combination of 2 series from this author - Forever Wilde and Aster Valley. I've read both series in their entirety, so I'm looking forward to this Christmas nugget.

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Waiting On Wednesday (520) Not Until Noah (Star Crossed #1) by Lisa Henry

Expected publication: November 5th 2021
Genre: M/M, Romance


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings
that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.
(WoW was previously hosted by Breaking The Spine.)

This my favorite day of the week because I love sharing and discovering new books.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Carter Westlake is on the brink of being Hollywood gold. Cast as the lead in a highly-anticipated sci-fi trilogy filming in Australia, he’s primed to be the next A-list action hero: all-American, hot as hell, and straight. The problem is, Carter can only check off two of those boxes. But that’s okay—his bisexuality can remain a secret until these movies are behind him.

Childhood educator Noah Jones has a plan. Work as a nanny for six months, make some extra cash, and move to the UK to teach. He doesn’t expect his new boss to be a Hollywood star. And he certainly isn’t prepared to fall for the guy.

One kiss sends them tumbling into a secret relationship, even though they both agree it can be nothing more than a fling. Carter needs to stay in the closet for the sake of his career, and Noah’s leaving. But when their feelings continue to grow into something deeper, Carter has a decision to make. Knowing that exposing his sexuality could cost him his career, would he rather carry on living a lie, or risk it all to stand tall in his truth?


For some reason, I've never read anything by this author before. I DO have a series on my tbr that she is co-writing, but the final book isn't out until December, and I haven't even started the series yet. This book sounds really good, so I'm hoping to have a new-to-me author that I can auto add to my tbr.

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Teaser Tuesday (14)


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Purple Princess of The Purple Booker.


Rules:
1: Grab your current read
2: Open to a random page
3: Share “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!


The Underdog
(Better With You #3)
by Briar Prescott


How to have sex with a prosthetic leg?
Things I never thought I'd type into Google, but here we are.
I've made a crucial mistake in the wording.
"Oh no," I mutter as the results get increasingly weirder.
"No, no, no."
I quickly close the tab.


Ch. 17 Wells POV
location 2207 of 3958
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Waiting On Wednesday (519) Real Danger (West Coast Forensics #2) by Elle Keaton

Expected publication: October 28, 2021 by Dirty Dog Press
Genre: M/M, Romance


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings
that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.
(WoW was previously hosted by Breaking The Spine.)

This my favorite day of the week because I love sharing and discovering new books.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

How can one man be so incredibly frustrating but so sexy at the same time?

Ryder knows two things. Tragedy can strike at any moment so you have to hold tightly to the gifts life gives you. And, Shay is one of those gifts. To Ryder their fifteen-year age difference is nothing, Shay is the man he wants. Now he just needs an opportunity to plead his case with the sexy lawyer.

He gets his chance when Shay asks him to assist on a case involving a missing person, but the investigation quickly turns perilous. A stomach-churning rollercoaster ride of what the hell is going on, puts both men in danger—but from whom?

Will the two get their chance at love, or will a brutal criminal tear the future from their grasp?


I've been waiting for Shay's story since he was a side character in this author's Veiled Intentions series.
I hope he's worth the wait!!

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Waiting On Wednesday (518) Total Creative Control (Creative Types #1) by Joanna Chambers and Sally Malcolm

Expected publication: October 28, 2021
Genre: M/M, Romance


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings
that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.
(WoW was previously hosted by Breaking The Spine.)

This my favorite day of the week because I love sharing and discovering new books.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Sunshine PA, meet Grumpy Boss ...

When fanfic writer Aaron Page landed a temp job with the creator of hit TV show, Leeches, it was only meant to last a week. Three years later, Aaron’s still there ...

It could be because he loves the creative challenge. It could be because he’s a huge Leeches fanboy. It’s definitely not because of Lewis Hunter, his extremely demanding, staggeringly rude ... and breathtakingly gorgeous boss.

Is it?

Lewis Hunter grew up the hard way and fought for everything he’s got. His priority is the show, and personal relationships come a distant second. Besides, who needs romance when you have a steady stream of hot men hopping in and out of your bed?

His only meaningful relationship is with Aaron, his chief confidante and indispensable assistant. And no matter how appealing he finds Aaron’s cute boy-next-door charms, Lewis would never risk their professional partnership just to scratch an itch.

But when Lewis finds himself trapped at a hilariously awful corporate retreat, Aaron is his only friend and ally. As the professional lines between them begin to blur, their simmering attraction starts to sizzle… And they’re both about to get burned.


I don't know if these 2 authors have written together before. I have read them both separately and liked them, so I should enjoy them together, right? I hope so!!

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Waiting On Wednesday (517) Hostile Takeover by Lucy Lennox


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings
that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.
(WoW was previously hosted by Breaking The Spine.)

This my favorite day of the week because I love sharing and discovering new books.


by Lucy Lennox
Published October 12th 2021 (Free)
Genre: M/M, Romance

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Will his temporary PA turn into something permanent when they land in Vegas?

When billionaire hotelier Luca Bernardi discovers his trusty assistant can't come with him on an important business trip, he panics. Thankfully, she calls in a backup. Only... she was a little under the influence of heavy narcotics when she made the call... and when the temp shows up wearing sequins and a tiara, Luca wonders if his PA has taken leave of her senses and arranged for a... worker of the night instead of a professional assistant.

As the PA to a renowned venture capitalist, Marcel Abbott knows his way around an investment negotiation. As far as he's concerned, he's the best temp this Luca guy could ever want for his business trip to Vegas. But when Marcel boards Luca's private jet, Luca treats him like... a rent boy. Just what does this man think the "P" in "PA" stands for?



Expected publication: October 26th 2021
Genre: M/M, Romance

Synopsis from Goodreads:

It was supposed to be a prank. A silly frat boy dare.

One hot moment in a hidden storage closet. One kiss. No consequences.

But if you get that close to a man with fire in his eyes, you’re gonna get burned, and I was no exception. One taste of Grey Blackwood ruined me for life.

The way Grey sees it, I was the one who did the ruining. I humiliated him. Wrecked his life. Destroyed his future.

Doesn’t matter that he’s clawed his way back and then some. Doesn’t matter that he’s already top of the Wall Street food chain. The man’s ruthless. Heartless. And he likes his revenge served cold.

Now he’s taking down the companies owned by every frat boy who did him wrong. And when he comes for my family’s company, the quiet life I’ve built for myself far away from Manhattan comes crumbling down, too.

But when Grey’s standing in our boardroom, threatening a hostile takeover and demanding I negotiate on behalf of my family, I don’t see an enemy. I see the chance I’ve been waiting for.

The chance for another night in his arms, and hopefully a whole lot more.

Let the negotiations begin.


I've been reading all of this author's recent works, including what she co-authors with May Archer. After reading them together and separate, I *think* I like May Archer's writing better. (Just saying.) Here's hoping I like both of my picks this week.

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Waiting On Wednesday (516) The Underdog (Better With You #3) by Briar Prescott

Expected publication: October 14, 2021
Genre: M/M, Romance


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings
that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.
(WoW was previously hosted by Breaking The Spine.)

This my favorite day of the week because I love sharing and discovering new books.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Anders: There once was a guy who told a little white lie. That didn’t turn out so well. I would know. I’m the guy.

Once upon a time, I told my brother and sister that my dream was to do a triathlon. I never expected them to sign me up for one! Now I’m forced to deal with my very cantankerous personal trainer. Wells Montgomery is an angry, rude, judgmental bastard. Frankly, I’m surprised the chip on his shoulder hasn’t crushed him yet.

But the more time I spend with him, the more I realize that the anger is just a facade that conceals a man who is more than a little lost.

The more time I spend with him, the more I start to think that maybe somebody should find him.

The more time I spend with him, the more I start to think that maybe, just maybe, that person could be me?

Wells: There once was a guy who flew unimaginably high. That didn’t turn out so well. I would know. I’m the guy.

A year ago I was on top of the world. It only took a handful of seconds for my life to irreversibly change course. Needless to say, I’m not happy. Neither am I happy when my dad and one of my so-called friends trick me into becoming a personal trainer for some guy who wants to do a triathlon. Now I need to get this Anders Kelly to fire me.

It’s a good plan, if only Anders wasn’t so unbelievably stubborn. And too nice for his own good. Annoyingly fun. Irritatingly kind. His faults just keep piling up.

But the more time I spend with him, the harder it becomes to keep my distance.

The more time I spend with him, the more I start to see the possibilities life still offers.

The more time I spend with him, the more I start to think that maybe, just maybe, Anders might not be an unattainable dream after all.


I enjoyed the first book in this series. It was fluffy, sweet, and cute. I still need to read the 2nd book, but I'm really looking forward to this one! I can't wait to find out what made Wells so grumpy.

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Teaser Tuesday (12)


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Purple Princess of The Purple Booker.


Rules:
1: Grab your current read
2: Open to a random page
3: Share “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!


The Parting Glass
(In A Dark Wood #2)
by Josh Lanyon


"Happiness was too thin, too watered down a word to describe that wellspring of feeling. Joy. That was the word. A blaze of delight that almost defied definition."






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Waiting On Wednesday (515) Pick Me (Sunday Brothers #1) by May Archer

Expected publication: October 5, 2021
Genre: M/M, Romance


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings
that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.
(WoW was previously hosted by Breaking The Spine.)

This my favorite day of the week because I love sharing and discovering new books.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The job at Sunday Orchard was supposed to be temporary.

A chance to gain some work experience. To have some fun. To get away from my overprotective brothers. To maybe, possibly encounter some lumberjacks in their natural habitat before moving on to the dream career that awaited me in the city.

I had not expected to be welcomed into a family of gorgeous and weirdly efficient lumberjack-types myself. Or to find a purpose in the tiny Vermont town whose claim to fame seemed to be apple-based products and copious amounts of charm.

And I most definitely hadn’t expected to fall for Knox Sunday, my grumpy, burly, fifteen-years-older, reluctant roommate, with his infuriating lectures, his hot-as-fire body, his superior attitude, his snarky humor, and his stealth cuddles.

Now I find myself making excuses to delay my big dreams… just for a little while.

But Knox has unfulfilled dreams of his own. A career he walked away from. A big city life in Boston he left behind when he returned to his hometown to help his family. He claims he’s not looking for anything permanent, and I’ve never been one to put down roots.

My big life is waiting for me somewhere other than Little Pippin Hollow. So why does it feel like I’ve finally found the home of my heart?

And how can I get Knox Sunday to… pick me?


I discovered this author when I read her Love in O'Leary Series (purposefully) out of order. This book is a spin off that features the youngest brother from her Whispering Key Series. I've also been reading the books that she co-writes with Lucy Lennox. So... here's hoping I enjoy this book, too!!

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Waiting On Wednesday (514) Madison Square Murders (Memento Mori #1) by C.S. Poe

Expected publication: September 28th 2021 by Emporium Press
Genre: M/M, Romance


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings
that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.
(WoW was previously hosted by Breaking The Spine.)

This my favorite day of the week because I love sharing and discovering new books.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Everett Larkin works for the Cold Case Squad: an elite—if understaffed and overworked—group of detectives who solve the forgotten deaths of New York City. Larkin is different from others, but his deduction skills are unmatched and memory for minute details unparalleled.

So when a spring thunderstorm uproots a tree in Madison Square Park, unearthing a crate with human remains inside, the best Cold Case detective is assigned the job. And when a death mask, like those prominent during the Victorian era, is found with the body, Larkin requests assistance from the Forensic Artist Unit and receives it in the form of Detective Ira Doyle, his polar opposite in every way.

Factual reasoning and facial reconstruction puts Larkin and Doyle on a trail of old missing persons cases and a murderer obsessed with casting his victims’ likeness in death. Include some unapologetic flirting from Doyle, and this case just may end up killing Everett Larkin.


I've read a few books by this author, and I really like her Snow and Winter series. There has been a real lack of police / detective / murder type stories in what I've been reading recently, so I'm excited for this one!

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Waiting On Wednesday (513) Sailor Proof (Shore Leave #1) by Annabeth Albert

Expected publication: September 28th 2021 by Carina Adores
Genre: M/M, Romance


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings
that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.
(WoW was previously hosted by Breaking The Spine.)

This my favorite day of the week because I love sharing and discovering new books.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The sexy Navy chief and his best friend’s adorkable little brother…

It’s petty, but Naval Chief Derrick Fox wishes he could exact a little revenge on his ex by showing off a rebound fling. His submarine is due to return to its Bremerton, Washington, home base soon and Derrick knows all too well there won't be anyone waiting with a big, showy welcome.

Enter one ill-advised plan…

Arthur Euler is the guy you go to in a pinch—he's excellent at out-of-the-box solutions. It's what the genius music-slash-computer nerd is known for. So when he finds out Derrick needs a favor, he’s happy to help. He can muster the sort of welcome a Naval Chief deserves, no problem at all.

Except it is a problem. A very big problem.

When Arthur’s homecoming welcome is a little too convincing, when a video of their gangplank smooch goes enormously viral, they're caught between a dock and a hard place. Neither of them ever expected a temporary fake relationship to look—or feel—so real. And Arthur certainly never considered he'd be fighting for a very much not-fake forever with a military man.


I recently enjoyed reading this author's Rainbow Cove series. I want to try reading something else by her, but I'm not big on military stories, so I hope I like this one!

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Waiting On Wednesday (512) Firefly Lane (Briar County #1) by Riley Hart

Published September 7th 2021
Genre: M/M, Romance


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings
that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.
(WoW was previously hosted by Breaking The Spine.)

This my favorite day of the week because I love sharing and discovering new books.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

At forty-three, Holden Barnett is getting along just fine. His job as a pilot keeps him from getting restless, and he’s got a man who doesn’t want promises for the future. One phone call from his estranged sister changes everything. She needs his help, so Holden drops everything and heads to Harmony, a small town in Briar County, which represents everything he’s tried to avoid in life.

Monroe Covington is forty-five and happy. He loves his life—running his store, helping at his family’s farm, and spending his days with his best friend, Lindsey, and their son, Wyatt. Sure, half the town likes to forget he’s gay, and he’d love for the queer population to be bigger, but Roe makes do. He misses dating, relationships, and a man to hold at night, but at least he gets new eye candy when Holden, the brother of the woman who’s renting his cabin, shows up.

The attraction is instant, the friendship not far behind, but between Holden’s initial relationship status, family complications, and the two of them wanting different things, they’re a disaster waiting to happen…only it doesn’t feel that way, not with how much time they spend talking, laughing, and eventually, tumbling into bed, a field, or the back of a truck together. The closer they get, the more Holden realizes that just being fine isn’t enough, and Roe begins to see that his life isn’t as complete as he thought. Now, if they could only sort out the rest of it…

Firefly Lane is a small town, strangers-to-friends-to-lovers summer romance with no cheating, mature characters who talk out their problems, like to work with their hands, and have amazing chemistry. Did I mention they watch movies in the company of goats?


Another cover that I am not fond of. What's up with that? I haven't read a lot from this author, so I don't have any expectations. But I am interested in seeing whether or not these characters are 'mature' like she claims.

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Waiting On Wednesday (511) Drilled (Four Bears Construction #7) by K.M. Neuhold

Expected publication: September 3rd 2021 by K.M. Neuhold
Genre: M/M, Romance


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings
that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.
(WoW was previously hosted by Breaking The Spine.)

This my favorite day of the week because I love sharing and discovering new books.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A month in a remote cabin with the last man I ever expected to see again? I can’t decide if I should punch him or drill him. It might end up being both.

After more than a decade, the last person I expected to see walk into the Four Bears Construction offices as a new hire was Ridge.

He was my first crush, and my first heartbreak when he started dating my sister. When he left her at the altar without so much as a note, I wrote him off for good.

No amount of excuses and explanations can erase what he did. At least that’s what I keep telling myself. But when we end up being sent to a remote campground alone to spend a month rebuilding the cabins, it’s too easy to remember why I fell for him in the first place.

I know the guys are all taking bets on how long it takes us to start playing with each other’s tools.

It’s going to be a long month.


Despite these really terrible covers that do nothing for me, I've actually been enjoying this series. And after reading that blurb, at least now I know why these 2 seemed like they hated each other so much! Interesting.

I think this may be the last book in the series, so I hope it's a good one!

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Waiting On Wednesday (510) Hijacked (Licking Thicket: Horn of Glory) by Lucy Lennox and May Archer

Expected publication: September 2nd 2021 by Independently Published
Genre: M/M, Romance


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings
that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.
(WoW was previously hosted by Breaking The Spine.)

This my favorite day of the week because I love sharing and discovering new books.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Renowned cardiologist Carter Rogers is used to having things under control. His life, his prestigious reputation, his career, his future.

Things he can’t control this time around:

• His meddling grandfather

• His annoying gamer cousin

• Buggy South American jungles

• Being the meat in a feuding cartel sandwich

• Getting kidnapped by a monologuing drug lord

• Falling for the very hot, very mouthy ex-soldier from his past

In short, Carter’s peaceful, well-planned life has been… hijacked


I've really gotten hooked on reading this duo's series recently. This book is a spin off from their Licking Thicket series, so this is an automatic add to my tbr. I'm sure I'll enjoy it!

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Waiting On Wednesday (509) All In With Him (Men of Summer #3) by Lauren Blakely

Expected publication: August 27th 2021 by Hot Men Books
Genre: M/M, Sports, Romance


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings
that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.
(WoW was previously hosted by Breaking The Spine.)

This my favorite day of the week because I love sharing and discovering new books.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Once upon a time all I needed was baseball, friends and extracurricular activities. Then everything changed when Declan Steele stormed into my life and upended all my priorities with his heart, his love, his passion.

So my next five-year plan will include this new ground rule — Love big.

Only, that’s easier said than done when my man and I come face to face with hard truths and new troubles about what it means to be all in.

That’s when I learn that finding love isn’t the hardest part. Keeping it is.

I am such a slacker! And I'm SO far behind on my Goodreads goal for the year that I may never catch up. I don't know what's causing my slump lately. Summer is usually my prime reading time, but I've been busy with other things. And I haven't been staying up late reading, either.

I have the first 2.5 books in this series waiting for me to read. So I just need to get to it. Easier said than done, but I am determined!!

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Waiting On Wednesday (508) Codirection (Borealis: Without a Compass #4) by Gregory Ashe

Expected publication: August 17th 2021
Genre: M/M, Romance


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings
that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.
(WoW was previously hosted by Breaking The Spine.)

This my favorite day of the week because I love sharing and discovering new books.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A new home, a fresh start, a chance to do things right this time—and Shaw and North are determined to make it work. But the night of their housewarming party, things don’t go as planned. A reporter arrives, wanting to talk to North about his ex-husband, his father, and a criminal syndicate. No sooner have they gotten rid of her than another unwanted guest appears: a street boy named Nik, whom Shaw met months before, begging them to help him find his missing friend, Malorie.

Retracing Malorie’s steps, North and Shaw learn about the dangerous demimonde of runaway teenagers. Their investigation takes them into the path of men and women who have learned to profit off the suffering and abandonment of children: shelters, clinics, labor brokers, and pimps.

Meanwhile, North’s Uncle Ronnie is set on revenge, and his target this time is North’s father. As North struggles to track down Ronnie and put an end to the danger, he finds himself considering a deal with the devil, and the offer might be too good to pass up.

When North and Shaw find Malorie’s body, evidence suggests she was murdered—and that her death is connected in some way with a truck stop halfway across the state. But as they draw closer to the truth, the danger grows. The people who killed Malorie have the Borealis detectives in their sights, and North and Shaw must race to save their own lives before the killers can strike again.

I need to catch up on this series! I wonder if this is the last book with these guys? I have some strong opinions about this series - like 'Uncle' Ronnie has got to go, North and Shaw need some happy times, and I need a full blown HEA. Is that too much to ask? Dear author, don't make me hunt you down. We live in the same town. Sort of. Within 50 miles of each other. So, yeah, don't make me hunt you down.

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Waiting On Wednesday (507) Down and Dirty (Down Home #2) by Parker St. John

Expected publication: August 5th 2021
Genre: M/M, Romance


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings
that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.
(WoW was previously hosted by Breaking The Spine.)

This my favorite day of the week because I love sharing and discovering new books.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

One kiss ended in tragedy.

Now they have a second chance to do it right.

Rodeo pro Lane Bell has made a career out of punishing himself, but he can’t outrun his troubled past. Not when it shows up in an irresistible package to spring him from county lock-up and demand he come home.

Denver Reed is rugged and ripped, with a voice like smoke and eyes that watch every move he makes. Lane fell hard for him once, but never again.

Denver Reed has never known anything but denial. He once set the world on fire on the back of a bull, but his chance at fame is long gone. Because when Lane took off, it was Denver who sacrificed everything to clean up the shattered mess he left behind.

Denial has kept Denver alive all this time. Denying what he feels for the sinful bull fighter with the lightning eyes and quick grin. Denying the fact that he craves Lane more than air to breathe. Denying his very nature. Because Lane already broke his heart once. He can’t survive it a second time.

I enjoyed reading the first book in this series, so I've been waiting for this one to be released. It sounds angsty!! And dramatic!! I DO usually like angst, if it's done right, so I hope I like this!

I used to read a lot (and I do mean A LOT) of rodeo M/F romance back in the day. I just can't give up my cowboys!!

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Waiting On Wednesday (506) Operation Meet Cute by K.M. Neuhold

Expected publication: August 2nd 2021 by K.M. Neuhold
Genre: M/M, Romance


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings
that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.
(WoW was previously hosted by Breaking The Spine.)

This my favorite day of the week because I love sharing and discovering new books.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Harlow is on a single-minded mission: meet the man of his dreams by any meet-cute necessary.

All my life, I’ve dreamed of one thing: the perfect movie moment. I want a man and his boombox outside my window; I want kissing in the rain; I want a romantic hero who will take my breath away.

Switching mail with my cute neighbor didn’t work. Swapping coffee with a hottie at the coffee shop just got the poor barista yelled at. And bus guy? Total bust. I’m starting to wonder if Hollywood got the whole meet-cute thing wrong. Sacrilege, I know.

Is it possible the perfect leading man has been living in the apartment above me the entire time, playing the role of my best friend?

Things are about to get very interesting…

I have been reading and enjoying a lot of this author's recent works, and this one sounds cute and perfect for me. (Although, he'd have to fight me for Lloyd Dobler. Just sayin'.) I can't wait to read it!

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Waiting On Wednesday (505) Charles (Learning to Love #1) by Con Riley

Expected publication: July 22nd 2021 by Figment Ink
Genre: M/M, Romance


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings
that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.
(WoW was previously hosted by Breaking The Spine.)

This my favorite day of the week because I love sharing and discovering new books.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Life should be a breeze for a playboy like Charles Heppel. As the third son of an earl, he lives for the moment, partying and playing. Settling down isn’t for him. Not when London is full of beautiful men who he hasn’t one-and-done yet.

To escape his family’s nagging, Charles applies for a temp job that matches his playful skill set. A role in a Cornish classroom could be his until the summer, if Charles meets two conditions: he must move in with the headmaster’s best friend, and teach him to be happy.

Living with Hugo should be awkward. Charles is a free spirit, but Hugo’s a man of faith, with morals. A man who almost took holy orders before disaster changed his direction. Only far from being a chore, Charles finds that making Hugo happy soon becomes his passion.

Together, they share physical and emotional first times. Ones that change Charles, touching his soul. He wants Hugo for longer than they have left, but learning to love with his heart, not just his body, will take a leap of faith from Charles — in himself as well as Hugo.

I'm sick. I've got a stupid cold / snot / post nasal drip / cough thing going on and not feeling the greatest. My daughter is counseling at a summer camp this year and she brought home the yuckies 2 weeks ago. My husband had it last week, and now it's my turn. Ugh. But I did manage to read a book each of the last 4 days that I haven't felt good. So I'm slowly catching up on my Goodreads challenge. So.... Yay???

I started a different series by this author last summer, but I only read the first book. I don't know if it was me, or the writing style, or something else but I thought it was just okay. I didn't continue the series because it didn't interest me. This is the start of a new series, so I'm giving the author one more chance to wow me before they go on my do not read list. (The 'list' that's not official or anything, and is only in my head, but totally keeps me from wasting my time in the future.)

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Waiting On Wednesday (504) Pause (Larsen Bros #2) by Kylie Scott

Expected publication: July 13th 2021 by Kylie Scott
Genre: M/F, Romance


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings
that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.
(WoW was previously hosted by Breaking The Spine.)

This my favorite day of the week because I love sharing and discovering new books.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

When Anna wakes up from a coma after a car crash, she discovers life has gone on without her. Her husband has been unfaithful—with her best friend—and she’s been long since replaced at work. While her old life is a distant memory, her new life feels like an empty shell. Then she meets the stranger who saved her life during the crash, and he changes everything.

Leif Larsen—tattooist, joker, and player—has his own scars thanks to the crash that put Anna in a coma. Helping her move on from her failed marriage, and create a new life, sounds like a perfect distraction. So when he needs a new roommate, he invites Anna to begin her new life with him.

Although their lives may have been put on pause, together they just might find a way to heal.

I used to read this author back in the day. I haven't been reading much M/F romance lately, but I saw this on Goodreads (He totally looks like Guy of Gisborn/Richard Armitage!! I had to do a double take.) and I wanted to see what it was about. So I remember reading the first book in this series several years ago, but now I'm kind of leery of this one since I'm not convinced that 2 brothers (the MCs of each book) can both have have love interests with coma/memory loss. But, yeah, I'll still probably read this.

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Waiting On Wednesday (503) Scoring With Him (Men of Summer #1) by Lauren Blakely

Expected publication: July 9th 2021 by Hot Men Books
Genre: M/M, Sports, Romance


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings
that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.
(WoW was previously hosted by Breaking The Spine.)

This my favorite day of the week because I love sharing and discovering new books.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Falling for the rookie wasn't part of the plan. As a pro athlete, I have one unbreakable rule when it comes to men -- Don't date another baseball player. Good thing I haven't been tempted once in four years in the majors.

Until the day a rising star walks into my locker room. Outgoing, affable, and sexy-as-sin, Grant has confidence and talent for miles. He seems to get me too, maybe because we each have our fair share of secrets and scars -- ones we'll both fight to protect.

But, I've got far too much trouble in my past to want to bring any into my present. All the more reason to resist the kind of dirty deeds his lips and eyes promise. Even after I plant a scorching, hot kiss on the rookie one night after a game. Even after he sends me the world's sexiest selfie.

But when Grant reveals his biggest secret, I'm so damn ready to rip up the rulebook. The only rule? Don't fall in love with him as we go.

I've only read one book from this author, and I wasn't all that impressed. However, I'm willing to give her a second chance, so this book better be good! Seriously though, I'm a huge sports fan, but usually books about sports gets SO much wrong! I guess I just have to let reality slide and go with it.

(On a side note, how is this author so freaking prolific? According to Goodreads, 32 books in 2020? 21 in 2019? What's going on here?)

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