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ARCs for September 17-22

It’s the time again!

Last week I really struggled to finish the ARCs I had. It was tough as some of them had me shaking me head or seriously rethinking my sanity. 

Be sure to check the blog this week on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday for last week’s reviews. 

Here’s a quick recap of the ARCs from last week. You’ll see the reviews posted soon!

The Trial

Sweet Desire, Wicked Fate

Departing Footprints 👣 

My Soul Immortal 

French Vanilla & Felonies

I’m still working my way through my ARCs from the previous week. Where does the time go? With only a week left in this month, my September goal is fast approaching!


This week, I’m hoping the ARCs are better in terms of engagement. 

So without rambling away here’s this week’s lineup.


Confessions of a Klutz by Abigail Davies

What do you get when you cross a klutz with a GQ model lookalike? 

Sounds like a bad joke, right? Only it’s my reality. And reality comes in the form of arm veins, dimples, and THE sexiest voice I’ve ever heard. 

But there’s a slight issue. You see, I have a confession: I’m a klutz. 

I’m used to it now and everything’s going fine— if you don’t count the monthly trips to ER and the twenty-three jobs in the last four years—that is until I’m sent to New York. 

The city of dreams… a klutz’s worst nightmare.

Three weeks. Twenty-one days. 

I can control it, right?


Let the fun begin.


The Brightest Stars by Anna Todd

International bestselling author Anna Todd returns with a gripping novel about a young woman’s journey towards love, and the obstacles life throws up at every turn.

Karina knows the harsh realities of military life. And like anyone who has grown up around an army base, she knows the background noise that follows a soldier home from war. That’s why she’s forging her own quiet life in her own little house. But she hasn’t turned her back on her family. She’s the glue that holds them together–when her father is deployed, when her brother, Austin, has another brush with the law.

Karina knows that she has to look after herself, that she can’t always fix what’s broken. But when Austin’s behavior worsens and her father’s reactions grow more extreme, Karina feels her own edges beginning to fray. That’s when she meets him–a closed book she’s desperate to open.

At just twenty, Kael is a handsome, brooding soldier struggling with the aftermath of two tours in Afghanistan. He’s emotionally damaged and closed off. Quiet doesn’t begin to describe him. But as Karina gets used to his stable presence, she finds it hard to ignore the way he makes her feel. In their time together, she finds the stillness she has always wanted and never found. She lets down her guard. And she lets herself fill in the blanks about this mysterious man.

But illusions quickly made are quickly shattered. That’s when Karina has to find her own courage–to untangle the truth from the lies, and decide what she’s going to do about it.

A riveting story about love and lies, THE BRIGHTEST STARS will stay with you long after the last page has been turned.


The Siren and The Spector by Jonathan Janz

When David Caine, a celebrated skeptic of the supernatural, is invited by an old friend to spend a month in “the most haunted house in Virginia,” he believes the case will be like any other. But the Alexander House is different. 

Built by a 1700s land baron to contain the madness and depravity of his eldest son, the house is plagued by shadows of the past and the lingering taint of bloodshed. David is haunted, as well. For twenty-two years ago, he turned away the woman he loved, and she took her life in sorrow. 

And David suspects she’s followed him to the Alexander House.


Cash Kills: An Angelina Bonaparte Mystery by Nanci Rathbun

A double murder. A mysterious inheritance. One PI is about to follow the money all the way into a den of thieves…

After surviving a bullet, Angelina Bonaparte was certain she could handle any case that came her way. But when her next client walks through the door with an unexplainable seven-figure inheritance after the death of her parents, the private investigator wonders if she’s in over her head. After all, when she visits her client’s family attorney, Angelina discovers yet another bloody crime scene.

With the help of her new flame, Angelina follows the clues into an underworld of war-plundered artifacts, stolen treasures, and deadly consequences. As their last lead grows colder, the PI must catch the killer before an endless cycle of murderous greed gets her client killed.

Cash Kills is the second book in the suspenseful Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries series. If you like hard-as-painted-nails female detectives, historical mysteries, and twists and turns you won’t see coming, then you’ll love Nanci Rathbun’s loaded crime thriller.

Twice Turned by Heather McCorkle

Ayra’s father is forcing her to marry to make alliances, her brother has gone off the deep end in a big way, and to top it all off, her reaper powers have been awakened, something she hoped would never happen. Who the hell wants to put down other werewolves for a living?

And now, just as she’s starting to figure out her place in the world, Vidar’s back from Iceland, looking hotter than ever and still managing to ring all her bells with just a look. All Ayra wants to do is lose herself in him, in the past, but it’s never going to happen. He’s only back and paying attention to her because she’s the reaper. And there’s a little snag in the form of a vow of celibacy he took.

The sparks are undeniable, and Vidar swears he’s the only one who can help her on her journey. But he already left her once…

Each book in the Wolves of Hemlock Hollow series is STANDALONE: 

*Once Bitten

*Twice Turned

Kiss My Ash by Leddy Harper

Ash Jenkins was the typical boy next door. Wait, who am I kidding? There was nothing typical about that boy. He was tall, ripped, and had the voice of a man twice his age. Intelligent, sexy as sin, and barely legal. Sent to live with his dad after getting in some trouble with the law, he was definitely someone I needed to stay away from. But he had his sights set on me, and he didn’t try to hide it. Did it still make me a cougar if I was the prey?


This week’s wild card read:

Departing Footprints 👣 

I’m working on my total Arcs for the month. If you read my last Arc post, you’ll remember the insane amount of books that I tasked for myself for the month. These last two weeks will prove challenging for me as I race against the clock.  lol Sounds like an excerpt from a book, yeah> I’m excited to see how many books I can finish and review before my deadline.

Here’s a wild card lineup of books left for the month.

How much do you think I’ll be able to finish this week? With working overtime for my full time job, doctor appointments on Friday, and trying to make time for yoga this week. It looks to be a busy, busy week for me Book lovies!

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