I’m coming down off of the Canada Day long weekend. For those among us that don’t know what Canada Day is, it’s our goddamn birthday! July 1st! HOW DARE YOU NOT SEND US A CARD!
It currently feels like there is nothing worse than going back to work after a long weekend. I’m exhausted, even though I did literally the bare minimum for three days straight. To top it off, it’s been hotter than Satan’s taint outside. A heat warning has been in effect for a week. My dog is getting cabin fever because he can’t play outside longer than ten minutes without risking heat stroke. Same applies to my husband, honestly.
Climate change is going to kill us all, but first it’s making me sweat and I don’t like it.
I behaved like a vampire all weekend. Blinds drawn to create total darkness, keeping the homicidal sun away from my fair skin. The AC blasting, keeping me cool and fresh like a corpse in a morgue. And when my husband tried to touch me with his hotter-than-normal body, I burst into a hundred bats and flew away.
Why is it that men are always running hotter than me? Anyone else have this issue? Maybe I’ll google it.
Either way, I’m back on the grind. And that just means fucking around on my blog and Goodreads, instead of doing the actual work I’m paid for. What are they going to do? Fire me?! Please don’t.
So, the long weekend is over here, but our angry, “civil” neighbours to the South are celebrating their Independence Day today! Right, guys?! Happy 4th, friends!!!
Wait…did you hear that? When I said “independance” I’m pretty sure I heard Vladimir Putin laughing…
…I must have been hearing things. Let’s move on before he takes his shirt off.
It’s time for WWW Wednesday. What’s current, what’s coming up and what’s just finished.
🔪What I Read Last
I just finished The Next Girl by Carla Kovach. Hopefully, I have a review up tomorrow. Did I like it? Sure! Did I love it? Not really! But down the middle is a pretty good rating from me in a general sense. (I’m mean.)
I was promised a heart-stopping twist. It’s right there on the cover. Look! So I was waiting for that twist to hit and it never really did. It was pretty predictable in terms of the story. But Gina Harte and her personal problems will have me coming back for the second book in the series. She’s a super interesting character.
Back of the Book: She thought he’d come to save her. She was wrong.
Deborah Jenkins pulls her coat around her as she sets out on her short walk home in the pouring rain. But she never makes it home that night. And she is never seen again …
Four years later, an abandoned baby girl is found wrapped in dirty rags on a doorstep. An anonymous phone call urges the police to run a DNA test on the baby. But nobody is prepared for the results.
The newborn belongs to Deborah. She’s still alive.
🔪What I’m Currently Reading
All the Beautiful Lies by Peter Swanson has just been cracked open.
I’ve read this author once before – The Kind Worth Killing – and I really enjoyed his twisty, noir-esque, unreliable style in that book. This particular book is about a sexy stepmother who maybe does things with her stepson she shouldn’t after her husband “mysteriously” dies, or something like that. Honestly, being a stepmother with a stepson myself, I’m not totally sure how comfortable I’m going to be reading this.
Six years ago? No problem. But now? When you have experience with a complicated situation like being a step-parent, it makes these kinds of stories super squeamish for me. Like, I CAN’T EVEN IMAGINE. *shivers*
Back of the Book: Harry Ackerson has always considered his step-mother Alice to be sexy and beautiful, in an “other worldly” way. She has always been kind and attentive, if a little aloof in the last few years.
Days before his college graduation, Alice calls with shocking news. His father is dead and the police think it’s suicide. Devastated, he returns to his father’s home in Maine. There, he and Alice will help one another pick up of the pieces of their lives and uncover what happened to his father.
Shortly after he arrives, Harry meets a mysterious young woman named Grace McGowan. Though she claims to be new to the area, Harry begins to suspect that Grace may not be a complete stranger to his family. But she isn’t the only attractive woman taking an interest in Harry. The sensual Alice is also growing closer, coming on to him in an enticing, clearly sexual way.
Mesmerized by these two women, Harry finds himself falling deeper under their spell. Yet the closer he gets to them, the more isolated he feels, disoriented by a growing fear that both women are hiding dangerous—even deadly—secrets . . . and that neither one is telling the truth.
🔪What I’ll Read Next
I’m so fuckingggggggg exciteddddddddd that I was approved for an arc of Caged by Ellison Cooper. Just last week I put it on my must-read for summer list and now here I am, cocky as can be.
It was like Christmas morning for this booknerd, opening that email. I just hope I don’t let my expectations get too out of control, where I end up let down. Ha, who am I kidding? My expectations are a helium balloon released into the air that’s going to fall back to earth and land in the ocean where it will strangle a sea turtle. (Those balloons don’t go to heaven, you know?)
Listen, I have such a thing for female profilers getting into the deep psycho shit with serial killers. It’s honestly what I should have been doing with my life, that or strictly feminist rants, but that shit is never as exciting in Canada.
Back of the Book: FBI neuroscientist Sayer Altair hunts for evil in the deepest recesses of the human mind. Still reeling from the death of her fiance, she wants nothing more than to focus on her research into the brains of serial killers. But when the Washington D.C. police stumble upon a gruesome murder scene involving a girl who’d been slowly starved to death while held captive in a cage, Sayer is called in to lead the investigation. When the victim is identified as the daughter of a high profile senator, Sayer is thrust into the spotlight.
As public pressure mounts, she discovers that another girl has been taken and is teetering on the brink of death. With evidence unraveling around her, Sayer races to save the second victim but soon realizes that they are hunting a killer with a dangerous obsession…a killer who is closer than she thought.
Stay safe. Be kind. But, take no shit.
Later, Booknerds ✌️🔪