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January 2018

Book Review: Whiskey Sharp – Unraveled by Lauren Dane

Lauren Dane is one prolific author. She’s one of those writers that if you’re looking for a trope you can find it. Witches? Diablo Lake. Shifters? Diablo Lake and Cascadia Wolves. Rockers? Hurley Boys. Small Town? Petal Georgia. Menage? Err, there’s a few actually but I’ll go with Brown Family. My point is that she writes across genres and tropes and writes them all really well. I’ve read almost all of her works and I’d say about 90% of them worked for me and when an author has as much out there as Lauren Dan that’s a really impressive stat! Continue reading “Book Review: Whiskey Sharp – Unraveled by Lauren Dane”

Book Review: Should’ve Been You by Nicole McLaughlin

A cute holiday story (I’m calling it a holiday story because most of it does take part around Christmas) that hit all the right spots for this reader. Continue reading “Book Review: Should’ve Been You by Nicole McLaughlin”

Book Review: Ryan’s Bed by Tijan

Tijan is the queen of what I would consider New Adult drama and her newest is no different! I define NA by what the characters are going through and dealing with so while the main character in question here may be in high school I felt like everything taken into consideration meant this has a more NA than Young Adult feel to it. Continue reading “Book Review: Ryan’s Bed by Tijan”

Book Related Podcasts I love

I listen to a ridiculous amount of podcast; I mean a *ridiculous* amount. Considering I also listen to audiobooks I seriously have no idea how I find the time to listen to everything that I do. My tastes in them are just as wide ranging as my tastes in genres in books – I listen to everything from true crime to pop culture to political but some of my favorites are the ones that talk about (and I’m betting you guessed it) BOOKS! I mean, put books and podcasts together and you have the best of EVERYTHING in my opinion. And then throw in some convo about Broadway…it’s like I’ve died and gone to some kind of introvert geek girl heaven.

Continue reading “Book Related Podcasts I love”

Book Review: Watch Me by Jody Gehrman

Watch Me contains a high measure of creepy and was a fast read (I read it in a day) but … Continue reading “Book Review: Watch Me by Jody Gehrman”

Book Review: Sanctuary by Beverly and David Lewis

I’ve enjoyed numerous Beverly Lewis books, but this one in collaboration with her husband, David, missed the mark with this reader. Continue reading “Book Review: Sanctuary by Beverly and David Lewis”

Looking Ahead: Our Most Anticipated Books of 2018

It’s a brand new year and the Bookish Ladies have prepared their lists of most anticipated books for 2018. Are any of our books on your lists? What books are you looking forward to? Continue reading “Looking Ahead: Our Most Anticipated Books of 2018”

Book Review: On Davis Row by N.R. Walker

On Davis Row is a really well-written book with themes about getting a second chance at life and overcoming societal expectations as well as your own.


Noah begins his role as a Parole Office almost as Suzy Sunshine wanting to make a difference in all of his parolee’s lives. He believes in what he’s doing and that people can turn their lives around. When he meets CJ Davis, a parolee who is coming up on the end of his parole time Noah wants to do everything he can to have him make more of his life in the future. But CJ is incredibly resistant…his entire family is in prison, he can barely read, and no one believes he can do anything with his life. Least of all himself.

Every time I hugged him, he held on for dear life. I loved it, truly I did, but it tugged at my heartstrings, reminding me of all the things he’d missed. Of all the things he’s been deprived of.

What I loved so much about this book is that the angst level is what I would consider medium. I don’t always love high angst, I have to really be in the mood for that kind of book. My heart can’t always take the drama that comes along angst, but this level was perfect for me. It definitely had some and I wouldn’t ever say it was a smooth – sailing relationship type of book by any means but the angst level was just right. Most of the angst comes from CJ and his family. The tension slowly builds throughout the book in such a slow burning way that by the time it came to a head I was more than ready for it to happen.

Fierce, strong, safe, and everything — everything — I needed. I melted against him and could literally feel him mending the broken pieces of my heart, putting me back together again.
I didn’t ever want to let him go.

Rating: 4 Stars

Reviewer: Melinda

Title: On Davis Row

Author: NR Walker

Release Date: November 27, 2017

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