October TBR


Its officially every readers favorite time of year!
October is my absolute favorite and I always get a bit panicking because I want to read every creepy, scary, thriller and I’m the most distracted reader *eye roll* but on my list for this month there are a fair few of Autumnal reads and some carry overs from last month’s TBR.
The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare (physical, Historical romance) this one has been a long time coming! I got the ebook when it first came out but couldn’t finish so I’ve switched to physical book courtesy of my local library<3 I’m almost done with this book and I adore it.
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (physical, ) This is a buddy read with my beloved Melanie! Its also such an October vibes book! I’ve been meaning to read this since high school and I’m stoked to be reading it! I’m actually starting it tomorrow! Lets hope I love it.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (physical, Historical, Reread) I know you’re tired of seeing this on so many TBR’s..so am I but I really do have hope that I’m going to get to finish it this month…next month…beginning of next month the absolute latest.
Duke of Desire (Maiden lane series #12) by Elizabeth Hoyt (ARC, historical romance) this beautiful book comes out this month in a couple weeks! And I’m due for a review the 17th so this is the month I read it!
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (physical, YA Fantasy) this is another buddy read with my book bestie Melanie! She was kind enough to send me an extra copy she has and I’m excited to discover a new author!
The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken (physical, YA fantasy) Whether or not I read this book and the follow books depends on when my library decides to send this to me. Because I’m been on the holds list since before it came out.
In the Woods by Tanna French (physical, Adult Thriller) I cannot wait to read this lets hope the library sends it to me this month. This is also getting adapted into a show in the BBC and its meant to be proper creepy! So that means perfect October read in my book.
The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman (physical, adult historical fiction) Library please send this to me soon! I love Alice Hoffman and this book is about a new England town and how it got founded and its meant to be filled with magical things. I’ve wanted to read this since I got a goodreads account and read Blackbird house by Alice as well.

I’m going to cross my fingers once a gain and hope I can get to all of these.

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September Wrap Up

Its September Wrap up time! Well this will be short and sweet because I’ve only managed to read about 5 books this month. Let’s get to it

 First book I finished was The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (Physical, Historical Fiction, 5 stars) WOW this book. I almost didn’t write a review for this because it impacted me so much. I’m so happy I finally read it, since it’s been haunting me for a while now and for a good reason. I can safely say that it was one of the best book I’ve ever read and I’ll never forget it.
Next was a DNF Bad Reputation by Nicole Edwards (ARC, sports romance, eBook, DNF) this book was so bad. I don’t recommend anyone pick it up…well if you want to waste your time then go for it.
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (Physical, Fantasy, 5 stars) Yea this was also one of the best books I’ve ever read like ever. Now that I say that I realize September was really good reading month for me I find top favorites. This is a landmark of fantasy writing, a literal work of art. I highly recommend this read no matter what you like to read you’ll love this. Its atmospheric, lyrical, intense, magical and heart wrenching. Pick this up. I didn’t write a review for this book because I simply couldn’t the more a book impacts me the less I am able to articulate what it meant for me; which isn’t a good habit since I’m a book blogger but there you go.
The Shadowhunters by Cassandra Clare (physical, YA fantasy, 3 stars) this was quite enjoyable! Yes, it was repetitive but it is a ‘textbook’ for new shadowhunters. I loved learning about the shadowhunter things I didn’t know about. This is a great supplement for die hard SH fans. It’s a beautiful book which has notes from the characters in the margins and the most beautiful end papers I’ve ever seen.
Deathless by Catheryne M Valente (Physical, retelling, 4.5 stars) another all time favorite book that I’ll never forget. This is a retelling of a Russian folk tale but its also a fantasy, historical fiction, a romance its just everything. With the most lyrical prose I’ve ever read. This is a singular book and you should read it if you want something new and fresh and unlike anything. PS. Its aesthetic goals and so atmospheric.
The Scot Beds His Wife by Kerrigan Byrne (ARC, ebook, historical romance 4.5 stars) wow what a lovely surprise this book was! This book releases today and its one of my fav HR of the year!!!! I don’t say that lightly. Kerrigan Byrne’s new release can’t be missed.
That’s all for my wrap up! Make sure to check out the reviews for most of these books to read more of my thoughts. Happy Reading!

The Scot Beds His Wife by Kerrigan Byrne

The Scot Beds His Wife (Victorian Rebels)The Scot Beds His Wife by Kerrigan Byrne

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ARC courtesy of netgalley in exchange for an honest review


Oh guys are you in for a good time with this one! The Scot Beds His Wife is an engaging and fresh good time that you won’t want to put down at all.

4.5 stars!

The Scot is Gavin St James, the son of a brutish and sadistic Laird Mackenzie who made his childhood a living hell. Since surviving the trauma that was Hamish Mackenzie, Gavin had that he wanted nothing to do with being a Mackenzie or being his son. He wanted to establish his own name and land and find women to actually love and be unlike his sire in any way possible. The way to do that is to acquire Erradale Castle, the Ross family estate, and make it his….but Alison Ross stands in his way.

Enter Alison Ross. Alison hasn’t been in Scotland since she was a child she lives in America and never wants to go to Scotland. The Mackenzie’s and the Ross’ have bad blood so she will never let Gavin St. James/Mackenzie buy her family estate from her. So when she decides to finally travel to Scotland to stop him formally she gets landed right in the middle of a train robbery.

Here enters Samantha Masters. Sam is married to a notorious train robber and on a heist gone wrong she ends up killing her husband to spare Alison’s life. And here is where the story begins! Alison gives Sam what she’s always wanted a new start and life, her life and off to Scotland she goes to stop Gavin and be free. But oh nothing goes as planned.

Guys this book surprised me so much! I didn’t think I’d like as much as I did. It was so well paced and expertly written. The story was truly unlike any Highland or Historical I’ve read recently. I’ve only read very few books where the protagonist is America so I loved that! Sam was so strong willed and sharp tongued she was never without a pistol or her determination. She falls very easily into her role as head of an estate. I loved reading about all her knowledge of cattle and pistols she was just so much fun. It was so unique to meet orphan Mormon runaway ex train robber Wild West shooter woman end up in the Scottish highlands and falling for brutish aristocratic Scot The idea sounds so Outlandish but it works!

I have to say that this had my all time favorite troupe hate to love! Oh they hated each other and I was HERE for it I giggled every time they bickered and watching Gavin get so flustered at this foul mouth pistol waving American was so amusing.

To Gavin, Sam/Bonny/Alison LOL is so outlandish and so other to anything he’s accustomed to that he very quickly decides that he’ll do whatever it takes to get her on her back as a means to an end for him to get Erradale. He is SO attracted to her but hates her at the same time and she hates him thoroughly that when they come together its so satisfying! Their chemistry was palpable and it kept me glued to my kindle.

I loved every single side character in this book. Seriously I had so many ships it was ridiculous. I won’t say much about them because I don’t want to spoil but I’ll just say: Eammon, Callum and Liam. Speaking of Liam while reading about his dynamic with his wife I kept thinking “wow that would make a great book I wonder if its next” and omg I had forgotten that this is series! And Liam’s book has already been written that’s defiantly at the top of my TBR now.

I have to give a shout out to the writing once again Kerrigan has a way of describing Scotland that left me breathless. And the way Gavin’s blooming love is written was nothing short of perfect. It really glowed through the writing how much he admired her and cared for her imperfections more than anything else. I’m so happy that I gave this series another try and I’m beyond thankful for the publisher for approving me for this ARC!



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Deathless (Leningrad Diptych, #1) by Catherynne M. Valente

Deathless (Leningrad Diptych, #1)Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



“What mirrors we are, set to face each other, reflecting desire.”


Oh what an incandescent fever dream of a book. I want to start by saying that I can’t tell you what this book is about even if I sat on my laptop for days typing. This is a dream, a folkloric tale, a fantasy, a romance, a winter dance, an unbelievable winter, a cacophony of sounds and a world of tastes in a cold birch tree filled Russia.


Where birds can be husbands, worlds exist in a single house, Trees are goblins and your friends with a veela. I guarantee you this will be the weirdest book you’ll ever read. It doesn’t follow any rules. Anything can happen in a sentence. Its Topsy turvy, wicked and cruel; it doesn’t give a damn about your feelings.


This story is about Marya Morevna, Death and Russia.


“I burn, I freeze; I am never warm. I am rigid; I forgot softness because it did not serve me”.

You never know up from down, everything is written in circles this story doesn’t deal with people as we know it. They don’t speak like us or act like us. This is the most Russian book I’ve ever read and I loved it for that. Its an allegory of Russia. It seems to be a painting with words about the Russian soul.


” I look at you and it’s like my throat being cut.”

There is something so alluring about Russia right? a land in perpetual winter, a language so unlike anything, writing so different from the ones we know….its so ‘other’ so out of reach..its almost seductive.

if you want to be seduced by something eerie, juicy and dark; open your mouth and eat this book, core and all.

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Teaser Blitz: Duke Of Desire (Maiden Lane #12) by Elizabeth Hoyt

This is my MOST anticipated fall romance release guys! I’m so lucky to be part of the blog tour *heart eyes* The Maiden Lane series is the most extensive, intricate and realistic Historical Romance series I’ve ever read and the next book in the series is sure to be a top notch! I’m happy to bring you an exclusive TEASER of Duke of Desire by Elizabeth Hoyt

DUKE OF DESIRE Long Excerpt

“Iris tasted of red wine—the red wine she must have drunk at dinner—and all the reasons he shouldn’t do this fled his mind. A vital chain broke in his psyche and everything he’d held back, everything he’d restrained with all his might, was suddenly set free. He surged into her mouth, desperate for the feel, for the taste of her, his wife, his duchess, his Iris. She was soft and sweet and warm and he wanted to devour her. To seize her and hold her and never let her go. The deep unfathomable well of his urges toward her frightened him, and he knew that if she became aware of them, they would frighten her as well.
But that was the thing—she wasn’t aware of them. She thought she was simply consummating their marriage or some such rot, God help them both.
She gripped his naked arms and the beast within him shuddered and stretched, claws scraping against the ground.
Dear God, he wanted this woman.
But he had to remember—to keep that human part of his mind awake and alive—that he mustn’t seed her.
Must never do as his cursed father had done.
He broke from her mouth, feeling the pulse of his cock against his breeches, and trailed his lips across her cheek to her ear. “Come with me, sweet girl.”
She blinked up at him, wide blue-gray eyes a little dazed.
He covered her mouth again before she could speak—either to consent or decline—and drew her slowly backward, step by step, toward the bed, until he hit it with the backs of his legs. He broke the kiss, looking down at her, her wet ruby lips parted, her cheeks flushed pink.
She looked edible.
“Raphael,” she whispered, his name on her lips like a plea, and something within him broke.
This wasn’t what he wanted. This wasn’t right. But it was the only thing possible and it would have to suffice because it was all he could do.
And trying to resist was killing him.
He traced a hand up her arm, over her shoulder, to her neck, and from there touched her bound golden hair. “Will you take down your hair for me?”
She gasped—a small, quick inhalation—and nodded.
He watched as she raised her arms, her stormy eyes locked on his, and withdrew the pins from her hair one by one until the heavy mass fell like a curtain around her shoulders. He bent then and gathered the locks in his hands, burying his face in her neck, inhaling her.
His woman.
He felt her tremble against him and then her fingers speared through his hair. “Raphael.”
He lifted his head.
Her hands fell away and she began undressing, her head bent down as she unhooked her bodice. He saw that her fingers fumbled and he knew that a better man would turn aside. Would give her privacy to collect herself and disrobe with modesty.
But he wasn’t such a man. He wanted all of her—her mistakes and her private moments, her shame and her worries—everything she held back from the rest of the world. As he wanted this. This moment of fumbling.
This moment of intimacy.
She pulled the bodice from her arms. Untied her skirts and let them pool around her feet before kicking them aside. Glanced up at him and then worked at the laces to her stays.
Her unbound hair fell over her shoulders, nearly to her waist, thick and swaying gently as she moved.
Beautiful.
She was beautiful.
She pulled her loosened stays off over her head and stood in chemise, stockings, and shoes. The tips of her breasts peeked out from beneath the thin cloth.
She began to bend for her shoes, but he stopped her. “No. Let me.”
He grasped her by the waist and lifted her to the bed.
Carefully he drew off her slippers, letting them drop to the hardwood floor before running his hand up her left calf. The room was so quiet he could hear each breath she drew. She watched him as he reached under her chemise, into that warm spot behind her knee, tugging at the ribbon of her garter.
Her breath hitched.
He glanced up at her as he found bare skin. Hot, so hot under her skirt. He could almost imagine he smelled her, standing between her bent legs. He pulled the first stocking off and moved to her other foot, smoothing his thumb over her arch, over that high instep, that sweet, delicate ankle. The curve of her calf—one of the loveliest curves in nature—elegant and perfect. Someday he’d like to draw her nude.
The faint, almost inaudible whisper as he pulled the ribbon off raised the hairs on the back of his neck. His nostrils flared and he couldn’t wait any longer. He lifted her bodily, moving her farther up on the bed, placing her head and shoulders against the pillows, and then pushed up her chemise, crawling between her spread thighs and settling to enjoy what he’d found.
There. There she was, her pretty, pretty pink cunny, all coral lips and wispy dark-blond curls. He hiked her trembling legs over his arms, ignoring her gasp of shocked surprise. He glanced up once and saw wide, wondering eyes gazing back at him. Her gentlemanly first husband had evidently never done this to her.
More fool he.”

YOWZA wasn’t that excerpt something!? This book is going to be sizzling with intense chemistry and that special magic that only Elizabeth Hoyt books have.Lookout for my review which will be up next month! In the meantime Preorder your copy! Synopsis below

A LADY OF LIGHT
Refined, kind, and intelligent, Lady Iris Jordan finds herself the unlikely target of a diabolical kidnapping. Her captors are the notoriously evil Lords of Chaos. When one of the masked-and-nude!-Lords spirits her away to his carriage, she shoots him…only to find she may have been a trifle hasty.

A DUKE IN DEEPEST DARKNESS
Cynical, scarred, and brooding, Raphael de Chartres, the Duke of Dyemore, has made it his personal mission to infiltrate the Lords of Chaos and destroy them. Rescuing Lady Jordan was never in his plans. But now with the Lords out to kill them both, he has but one choice: marry the lady in order to keep her safe.

CAUGHT IN A WEB OF DANGER…AND DESIRE
Much to Raphael’s irritation, Iris insists on being the sort of duchess who involves herself in his life—and bed. Soon he’s drawn to both to her quick wit and her fiery passion. But when Iris discovers that Raphael’s past may be even more dangerous than the present, she falters. Is their love strong enough to withstand not only the Lords of Chaos but also Raphael’s own demons?

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Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times bestselling author of over seventeen lush historical romances including the Maiden Lane series.Publishers Weekly has called her writing “mesmerizing.” She also pens deliciously fun contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with three untrained dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the long-suffering Mr. Hoyt.

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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The NightingaleThe Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


“Men tell stories. Women get on with it. For us it was a shadow war. There were no parades for us when it was over, no medals or mentions in history books. We did what we had to during the war, and when it was over, we picked up the pieces and started our lives over.”

I wasn’t going to write a review for this because this is the type of book that you should just know you should read; the type of book that you hear is good and you trust the praise enough to pick it up. Honestly, this book was an experience. Reading a World War II book is so unlike reading any other sort of book.

This book tore me open and exposed the most resilient parts of me.
I was there with these women, I was going through this. I was surviving and stitching myself back up and putting one foot in front of the other.
I realize I’m not saying much about the book and thats on purpose because you just have to trust me and everyone else who sings its praises and read it. There is a reason it was on the NYT bestseller list for so long.

I will say that this book is lush the writing is so vivid, you see and smell and taste everything…the french food being cooked in a country cottage, the herbs growing in the garden the sound of the Nazi’s marching into the town square and the sweat of fear in each passing day.

This novel is both compulsively readable and bleak
beautiful and disgusting
depressing and uplifting
the dichotomy that is woven throughout is masterful Kristin Hannah has all of my respect she is a prolific writer.

What is the book about?
its about WOMEN, and how they survive and endure


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Autumn Book Tag

Autumn Book Tag (created by @seelieknight)

No it’s not too early, yes Autumn officially starts on the 22nd of this month…so?

1. Best autumnal themed book cover?
2. Which fictional friend group would you trust with a Ouija board?
3. Which book setting would you love to be celebrating in during Halloween night?
4. Best autumnal food description inside of a story?
5. Which fictional character would you dress as?
6. An antagonist you would pledge your allegiance to?
7. The creepiest book you’ve ever read?
8. A book you’ve yet to read but will read this October?
9. Which fictional character would you put in charge of the decorations for a Halloween party?

1. For the best autumnal themed book cover it’s a tossup between Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon and Uprooted by Naomi Novik. I choose DiA because it’s a beautiful golden orange color that just screams orange and I choose Uprooted cover because it’s a golden yellow and has a tree/forest theme on the cover. I haven’t read Uprooted yet but its on my Autumn reads list 

2. This is such an important question! The first friend group that came to mind was Blue Sargent and her Raven Boys from The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. Simply because they love the paranormal but I have a sneaking suspicion that Gansey would try to conjure up some long dead magical Welsh person and we’d all be fucked.

3. Is it considered cheating if you use Harry Potter for two answers? Oh well! To me Harry Potter is all things autumn for sure. As a kid I wanted nothing more than to be in the Great Hall during the Halloween feast and even now it’s still #halloweengoals. In the movies the floating pumpkins and all the british sweets looked like the ultimate Halloween time.

4. Back it again with the Harry Potter…yes yes yes. For this I have to go with Butterbeer!!! Just like nothing screams autumn to me like HP when I think of autumn food I always think of butterbeer and pumpkin juice from Harry Potter (besides everything pumpkin and toffee apples) Butterbeer is always served warm and its always frothy in a big mug and it gives off all those cozy autumn feels.

5. Hmmm this was a tough one but I have to pick to dress as Claire Fraser from the Outlander series/books. On the show she wears the most amazing period pieces! Gorgeous dresses and comfy knit wear and very autumnal plaid ensembles. Every episode I just admire her wardrobe more and more. It doesn’t hurt that I love everything historical, Scottish and have a weird obsession with knitting and plaid.

6. Here I go again with Harry Potter..but I just have to pick Draco for this one. He is literally my favorite villain and I have pledged my allegiance to him since I was 13. I love him and I don’t think he’s a villain and I usually make friends with anyone I meet who loves him and ships Dramione.

7. This is easy; the creepiest book I’ve ever read was Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. I couldn’t read that book in the dark always had to be outside in the sun reading it that’s how dark, twisted and creepy it was. The book has to do with this woman who survived her family being brutally murdered when she was a child and how she has to reconnect with her past when new details of the murder resurface. The book made me so scared I couldn’t finish it but I hope to soon.

8. I have a ton that could go on this list but look out for my Autumn Reads post that will be going on the Autumnal Equinox! But for this question I will say A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. I’m doing a buddy read of this with my book spirit animal Melanie and I can’t wait.

9. Ok this was hard to choose. My original choice was April from Parks and Rec but I have to say I’d pick her and Lucian from the A Court of Thornes and Roses series by Sarah J Maas..I just HAVE to..he’s from the Autumn Court and he has beautiful red hair he is the personification of Autumn and he’d know exactly how to make everything autmnAF but April would add a touch of creepy and that’s what I want.

This was fun! Oh this is actually my first tag on my blog  yay.
I live in New England I feel obliged to give you some New England Autumn Views because New England = Autumn

I’ll tag my Book Buddy/Sprit Animal Melanie from Meltotheany and Beatrice!