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Before I Let Go by Kennedy Ryan/Book Review

I learn something every time I read a women’s fiction book. I believe each one has a life lesson if you’re paying attention. In Before I Let Go by Kennedy Ryan, we meet Yasmen and Josiah Wade, a couple everyone believed would be together forever. Both are dealing with loss but in different ways that causes them to not communicate well, then Yasmen wants an divorce.

About Before I Let Go

Their love was supposed to last forever. But when life delivered blow after devastating blow, Yasmen and Josiah Wade found that love alone couldn’t solve or save everything.

It couldn’t save their marriage.

Yasmen wasn’t prepared for how her life fell apart, but she’s is finally starting to find joy again. She and Josiah have found a new rhythm, co-parenting their two kids and running a thriving business together. Yet like magnets, they’re always drawn back to each other, and now they’re beginning to wonder if they’re truly ready to let go of everything they once had.

Soon, one stolen kiss leads to another…and then more. It’s hot. It’s illicit. It’s all good—until old wounds reopen. Is it too late for them to find forever? Or could they even be better, the second time around?

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My Review

I connected with Yasmen’s character right away with how she dealt with grief in the book. Grief touches everyone different and in how they handle it. The author portrays grief, loss and the feelings of each character so well in this book.

As the reader, I could feel their pain and understand what they were going through. When it comes to other themes such as divorce, I’ve never experienced it, but the need to not let go and the longing for each other was settle. The way Yasmen and Josiah handles their emotions needed work, but I liked the way therapy was introduced and even for their son.

Everything fell into place in this book for me. The way Yasmen works to regain the love from her children again after dealing with depression, especially with her daughter, Deja, was moving. I got a little emotion later in the book reading their interaction with each other.

This book brought tears to my eyes but also made me recognize a lot of what I went through in my depression after loosing my mother. The best thing Yasmen and myself could do is fight our way back. The author does say in her acknowledgement she hopes the book helps someone dealing with divorce, depression, loss etc. The way the book is written with the readers best interest at heart I believe it will help and touch many.

This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I will read more of her women’s fiction books as long as she writes them.

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Mini-Reviews: Week of 2/7/22-2/11/22

Mending Fences by Sherryl Woods

Two families. One incident that changes all their lives. We meet the Carters and the Dobbs, they have been best friends for a while from the children to the mothers, but habits of the Carters trinkle into the Dobbs household. Emily Dobbs must decide how important is her friendship with Marcia Carter and if keeping her daughter Dani safe. This was an intense book for me that truly shows how quick people change when terrible things happen. Support that you’ve relied on disappears leaving questions unanswered until you get to the twist in the story. I really enjoyed this book and how things unraveled, but also frustrated about Dani staying silent too long.

This is My American by Kim Johnson

This book is about Tracy, daughter and sister trying to keep her family intact while clearing their name. She is a strong character and incredibly determined to bring to like the racism and unfair treatment of her father and brother’s cases. While Tracy fights for her family she uncovers a history of wrongdoings that affects not only her family, but another one, which is the shocking reveal in the story. This is a book worth reading.

The Arrangement by Kiersten Modglin

Who says marriage is boring? It’s not in this book. Ainsley and Peter make an arrangement to see other people to repair their marriage. Was it a bad idea? Most definitely. Once their arrangement starts it uncovers incidents that Ainsley and Peter will have to get themselves out of. This was a great read of weaving through chaos, secrets, and unsuspected reveals. Loved it!

The Apothecary Poison by C. J. Archer

This is book three in the Glass and Steele series, we meet back up with Matt and India on the search for Dr. Hale in hopes that he can lead them to Chronos. Matt’s health is not well, and he still needs to get his watch fixed. When Dr. Hale is murdered, Matt becomes the primary suspect. Matt and India are running out of time. This book had unsuspected twist and had me anticipating what would happen next. I loved that it was harder to figure out who killed Hale. I also love the series carrying over the mission on finding Chronos. I cannot wait to read the next book in this series.

A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn

This is book three in the Veronica Speedwell series, Veronica and Stoker on looking into the disappearance of Stoker’s former expedition partner. It seems there have been unfortunate events happening around this expedition especially with a shadowing figure stalking about. I enjoyed the book and the reveal, but it took a little bit longer to get into it. This may be because I listened to the audiobook. I will continue this series because overall I am really it and look forward to reading the next book.

Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments.

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Spotlight & Review of Tasha by L. R. Starr


The Glam Ones Book 1

by L.R. Starr

Genre: Romantic Suspense

It’s a dangerous business being this rich, this hot, this badass, but someone’s gotta tow the line.
The Glam Ones, when they play, they play. When they’re bad, they’re murderously bad.

Meet Tasha. 
The one with the confident swagger in her stride and a tiger tattoo resting on her back. She’s the bold and sassy fashion designer born from well to do parents, yearning to pave her own way in the fashion streets of Ferdale.

She’s part of a tight-knit crew of thirteen, but now they’re down to twelve. Rory’s dead.
Someone in the group knows about the death of one of her best friends. They ain’t talking and the police haven’t found the killer.

She’s a got a show that’s gonna blow the world away, but first, she’s gotta fight for her place and there’s a man who wants to help her get there. With all the entanglements, it won’t be easy to get to her cloaked heart.

Amidst competition, backlash, deception and a killer on the loose, can she rise?
Will the Japanese investment banker Mitsuo win her heart in time?

Read on and come along for the ride to find out who Rory’s killer is… be aware this is a cliffhanger series. Just a little bit.

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I wanted to review this book with an understanding that is was a thriller with a hint of mystery. It was more of a romantic suspense book with a hint of mystery.

Tasha is a fashion designer that is close to a group of women and now one of their members is dead. Tasha wants to know what happened while trying to land a deal with an investor for her clothing line. This had me interested especially her wanted to find out who killed her friend.

This book is told in Tasha and Mitsuo ‘s point of view via different chapters, which goes along with the romantic suspense of it all. What threw me off was Mitsuo, the investor and his desire to have Tasha for himself. This is when it was clear that this was more romantic suspense than mystery solving. Don’t get me wrong I like romantic suspense books just not mixed in when there is a mystery to solve.

The chapters with Mitsuo took me away from the story because I wanted more on Rory’s death. I did like that Tasha was a “I’m not taking no stuff, ” kind of woman. She spoke her mind and I did like how she handled Mitsuo after meeting him. He was a little too much and came on very strong and sure of himself.

Overall, for me this would have worked better if the romantic suspense was not there and it focused on the mystery and Tasha working through the mystery. This book may have not been for me but will not stop me from reading more of L. R. Starr’s work.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

L.R. Starr is a lover of mysteries, witty dialogue, suspense, romance, and fantasy. If you like to travel through your books strap in for the ride she’ll take you across the country.

When she’s not I’m writing she’s usually exploring, and coming up with yet another devious plot or pursuing her other love which is painting and drawing. Enjoy the bedlam friends!

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Book Review: The Ivies by Alexa Donne

Title: The Ivies

Author: Alexa Donne

Genre: Young Adult Thriller

Publication Date: May 25, 2021

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About The Book

Everyone knows the Ivies: the most coveted universities in the United States. Far more important are the Ivies. The Ivies at Claflin Academy, that is. Five girls with the same mission: to get into the Ivy League by any means necessary. I would know. I’m one of them. We disrupt class ranks, club leaderships, and academic competitions…among other things. We improve our own odds by decreasing the fortunes of others. Because hyper-elite competitive college admissions is serious business. And in some cases, it’s deadly.

Alexa Donne delivers a nail-biting and timely thriller about teens who will stop at nothing to get into the college of their dreams. Too bad no one told them murder isn’t an extracurricular.

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My Thoughts


The Ivies is a young adult thriller that reminds me of Nancy Drew with a Karen McManus’s One of Us is Lying ending but better.

Alexa Donne does a wonderful job connecting you to her characters whether you love or hate them. The Ivies are a clique of girls who are hellbent on getting what they want by any means necessary. There is always one in the group that does not belong because their conscience makes them rethink what they are doing. In the Ivies this happens to be Olivia.

The story is in Olivia’s point of view, which I liked. It was worth reading everything unravel through her. These girls had secrets from each other, but also did some horrible things to others to get into colleges that was overwhelming, but not over the top.

Alex was the leader whose personality was harsh, bullish and she was the main one who did not like not getting her way. Emma was the Ivy with the most secrets that causes issues for her. Sierra is the Ivy with hacking skills, which were useful. I know this is petty, but once again this is a book that highlights a black person in a bad light or having a criminal skill. Margot is the Ivy who plays it safe and is addicted to Starbucks. She likes to block things out and is loyal to a point. Olivia on the other hand, is the Ivy who reads between the lines. She is also kept in the dark on a lot of things. I enjoyed her investigative skills and wanting to uncover the truth.

The academy they attend is an on-campus school that has a college feel to it. I did wonder why the students had a run of the school and hardly any adult supervision. I only remember one teacher mentioned and not in a good way. I will say this story had a couple of mysteries going on and just when I thought I had it figured out a twist happened, which I loved.

If you like Karen McManus and Holly Jackson’s books than you will want to read the Ivies.