December 31, 2019

review: fast lane, by kristen ashley

It’s been a while since a book has stayed with me long after I put it down. Fast Lane was that book. Which is ironic, because the author, Kristen Ashley, was inspired to write this book after reading Daisy Jones & the Six, a book that stayed with her. She said it was the first time she had prolonged reading a book because she was enjoying it so much. I haven’t read Daisy Jones & the Six, but you better believe it’s on my TBR list for 2020. (Ashley also cites truly listening to the lyrics of the The Eagles song, Life in the Fast Lane, as added inspiration.) Fast Lane is written in an interview format. The narrator, whose identity is…

christmas in new york

For years, I’ve been fortunate to visit New York during the Christmas season. It’s been a self professed tradition since my college years, if not before. While I don’t make it to Rockefeller Center every year, I’ve come pretty close. However, 2019 was my first visit since 2016–the last 2 years having been outside the norm for me from a Christmas celebration perspective. But my annual tradition was reinstated over the course of the...

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apple pie sangria

I whole heartedly admit that I have absolutely no idea when apple season begins and ends. But I like to think that we’re still in the midst of it. So with that in mind, this cocktail is perfect for this time of year. (Or let’s be honest, is there ever a bad time for sangria?) A friend of mine brought a pitcher of this to a Thanksgiving party a few years ago and I...

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Review: Hidden, by Rebecca Zanetti

Malcolm “Mal” West is a recently retired undercover police officer. His last assignment left him physically and mentally battered. Plagued with guilt at having betrayed the closest thing he had to a brother and at the same time proud to have been part of taking down one of the most powerful mafia families in the country, he’s decided to retreat to a quieter life. But moving next door to Pippa Smith was the start...

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review: The Infidelity Series, by Aleatha Romig

The Infidelity series, which isn’t about cheating, is one of those series that stays with you long after the story has ended. I read book one, which ended in a cliffhanger, and then paused in reading books 2-5 because I was too anxious to find out what would happen next. Needless to say, when I finally got started—I binged books 2-4 in a weekend. Some people have Netflix, I have the written word. The...

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Review: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

I was intrigued by the premise of this book. Consider it a modern take on Pretty Woman, but with more depth. No disrespect is meant toward Pretty Woman, it is one of my favorite movies and it always warms my heart when I see it on tv. But in this version, the man is “Julia Roberts” and the woman is “Richard Gere,” both with a twist. The hero, Michael Phan is a Korean American...

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the time in between, by kristen ashley

The Time in Between is classic KA. It’s reminiscent of books like Motorcycle Man and Sweet Dreams where the reader forms a life-like bond with the characters. Ashley’s ability to form a strong emotional connection with the fictional worlds that she builds is like no other author. I could not put this book down. As the 3rd and final installment in the Magdalene series, it did not disappoint. Spanning the course of roughly 2...

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