The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor @cjtudor @CrownPublishing #bookreview #bestof2018

TGIF bibliophiles!

We are heading to the end of the year so I thought I’d share with you some of my fave reads of 2018! Now technically I read this in 2017, but the book came out in 2018 and this was one of my very first blog posts so probably only like three people saw it!😂

Love this book and I’m excited to share my review with you all again! And I cannot wait to read her next book “The Hiding Place” that is sitting on my Kindle just waiting for me to have a minute, along with 1000 other books😉 at least they aren’t lonely!

OK without further ado….

The Chalk Man

The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

About the Book

The must-read thriller of 2018. This riveting and relentlessly compelling psychological suspense debut will keep readers guessing right up to the shocking ending.

In 1986, Eddie and his friends are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy little English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code; little chalk stick figures they leave for one another as messages only they can understand.

But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing is ever the same. In 2016, Eddie is fully grown, and thinks he’s put his past behind him. But then he gets a letter in the mail, containing a single chalk stick figure. When it turns out that his friends got the same message, they think it could be a prank . . . until one of them turns up dead. That’s when Eddie realizes that saving himself means finally figuring out what really happened all those years ago.

Expertly alternating between flashbacks and the present day, The Chalk Man is the very best kind of suspense novel, one where every character is wonderfully fleshed out and compelling, where every mystery has a satisfying payoff, and where the twists will shock even the savviest reader.

My Thoughts

WOW! I cannot believe this is this authors debut book…. it was just so extremely well thought out, the characters were well-developed, the pacing of the plot was perfect, I really just can’t think of anything wrong with this book….

The story is told from the perspective of Ed…. with two different timelines his present life as a teacher in 2016 and his 12-year-old memories in 1986….

Ed and his buddies find a dead body in the woods, and the murder has never quite been solved (at least not in Ed’s mind)…. The boys had used chalk drawings to communicate with one another back in the day…. so when Ed receives a drawing and a piece of chalk in the mail, he begins his quest to figure out what really happened all those years ago…. I don’t want to say any more than that and ruin it… just know you will go on a wonderful adventure with Ed filled with twists and turns and revelations you never will see coming…..

In addition to this fantastic mystery filled with these wonderful characters, was the nostalgia of the 1980s….as somebody who spent all of her teenage years in the 80s, I thought the author did such an amazing job of making me long for those good old days…. A time when you could ride your bike to the playground, hang out with your friends all day, and didn’t need to come home until the street lights came on…. I didn’t grow up near woods, I never found a dead body, but this book did definitely make me feel a little nostalgic for my childhood….

Can’t wait to see what this author has in store for us next!

*** thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ***

Enjoy,

Berit

An Unconventional Affair Book 1 Email Indulgence by Mollie Blake @MollieBlake0 @rararesources #BookReview #Giveaway

Happy Saturday all!

Thrilled to be on the blog tour today for this intriguing book! Many thanks to Rachel for my invitation and to Mollie Blake for her steamy words😍

An Unconventional Affair

Tranquility “Tee” Hammond is head of a law firm. Having escaped a violent husband, with a son she was really too young to have had, her life revolved around her work. There was little time for anything else and she didn’t need anything else. When she was inclined to treat herself to a little sexual pleasure, she engaged the services of Email Indulgence—an exclusive club—one email for one night of sex with a man she didn’t know and didn’t need to care about again. For her, it was enough. But her life was about to be changed by a friend of Tee’s son at university, Barrington Stone, fifteen years her junior who is determined to woo her into an unconventional affair.

My Thoughts

Well now, the chemistry in this book seriously sizzled off the pages! This is a drama filled erotic book with a splash of suspense…. first of all I just need to mention the two main characters names in this book, we have Tranquility and Barrington… can I just say I absolutely looove these names! Don’t they have American soap opera written all over them???

Tranquility (Tee) A single mother has always been consumed with her work as a lawyer and with her son… when she had an itch that needed to be scratched she utilize an email service that facilitated no strings one night stands… and this service completely satisfied her until…. Barrington, a friend of her sons who he brings home from University…. Barrington is 15 years younger than Tee but…. he is persistent, charming, and HOT🔥

There was a lot I liked about the story and the chemistry between these two was undeniable… I also found both of these characters intriguing, engaging, and complicated…. however, I have a son in College and I cannot imagine him bringing a friend home and having any interest in him whatsoever…. so while I truly enjoyed this relationship I would’ve liked it much better had Barrington been let’s say five or more years older? It wasn’t the age gap it was just I personally would not be interested in one of my sons friends, but no judgment…. there is also a secondary plot line that I found quite intriguing it added an entirely different element to this book…. this book ends with a twist a cliffy and a to be continued…..

Recommend if you enjoy a steamy romance with intriguing characters and a dab of mystery….

*** many thanks to the author and Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my copy of this book ***

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The Naked Truth by Vi Keeland #CoverReveal #TheNakedTruth @ViKeeland

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A Standalone Second Chance Romance Novel

By: #1 NY Times Best Selling Author, Vi Keeland

RELEASE DATE: Monday, July 23, 2018

Synopsis:

It was just a typical Monday.

Until the big boss asked me to make the pitch for a prospective new client.

After two years on shaky ground at work because of my screw up, an opportunity to impress the senior partners was just what I needed.

Or so I thought…

Until I walked into the conference room and collided with the man I was supposed to pitch.

My coffee spilled, my files tumbled to the ground, and I almost lost my balance.

And that was the good part of my day.

Because the gorgeous man crouched down and looking at me like he wanted to eat me alive, was none other than my ex, Gray Westbrook.

A man who I’d only just begun to move on from.

A man who my heart despised—yet my body obviously still had other ideas about.

A man who was as charismatic and confident as he was sexy.

Somehow, I managed to make it through my presentation ignoring his intense stare.

Although it was impossible to ignore all the dirty things he whispered into my ear right after I was done.

But there was no way I was giving him another chance, especially now that he was a client…was there?

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Bruiser by Neal Shusterman – Flashback Friday – @NealShusterman #Young Adult #Flashback Friday #FBF

Bruiser

Bruiser by Neal Shusterman

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌠 Makes you Think Stars

Happy Friday everyone!

I have decided to put another Young Adult book as my #FlashbackFriday because i think sometimes they get a bit of a raw deal.

Some of my favourite book series have been YA, and i think a lot of the time they get overlooked because people think they are for kids, or they are just full of sparkly vampires 😂

So if you’ve never picked up a YA, why not try it, you might be surprised.

Synopsis

“There’s a reason why Brewster can’t have friends – why he can’t care about too many people. Because when he cares about you, things start to happen. Impossible things that can’t be explained. I know, because they’re happening to me.”

When Brontë starts dating Brewster “Bruiser” Rawlins – the guy voted “Most Likely to Get the Death Penalty” her twin brother, Tennyson, isn’t surprised. But then strange things begin to occur. Tennyson and Brontë’s scrapes heal unnaturally fast, and cuts disappear before their eyes. What at first seems like their good fortune turns out to be more than they bargained for…much more.

Review

So I was really excited about reading another Neal Shusterman book, his writing tends to be unforgettable.

I wasn’t disappointed at all….phew!

Loved this book, loved the characters, loved the story, loved it!!

Someone (I don’t know who sorry) described Neal Shusterman as the Tim Burton of YA books, and that is a really good call.

If you have never read a Shusterman book before, firstly WHAT ?!?!?!

What he does in his books is a little like a college professer in class, he leaves you thinking “what would I do?”

Class……”If you could legally abort your child after the age of 13, just by signing a piece of paper that is legally binding, and that said child,now 15 years old pissed you off BIG TIME one night, would you sign it……what about in anger? would you”…………DISCUSS……..

^^^That above is what it is like reading Unwind, one of my all time favourite YA books, I haven’t met anyone that read it and went mehh, and if you say “that” scene to them, they just nod and shudder, ……….do it, read it.

In Bruiser, we meet Brewster “Bruiser” Rawlins, he is the boy at school you avoid, who never smiles, who never talks, who never looks you in the eye.

We also meet Tennyson and Brontè, twins from a loving stable family.

And lastly we meet Cody, Brewsters little brother.

There is a reason for Brewster (brew for short) being so stand offish, he cannot get close to anyone, otherwise it could literally kill him.

If you had the chance to take someone’s pain away would you do it? Where would this end? Bruises, cuts, broken bones?? And who would this stop at, just people you cared for? Just your family? ………….DISCUSS. ….

Brontè starts to go out with Brewster, much to her brothers dismay, after all he was voted the person most likely to get the death penalty!

However, a friendship arises between them all and everything is fine, until one day Brontè cuts her hand quite badly………..and then it is gone, and Brewster shows up with a sliced hand!

With a F’d up life living with his abusive uncle, this book shows us all 4 lives as they intermingle with each other, as it is told in 4 POV’s one of them being in verse.

Read this book, or something by Neal Shusterman, you will not be disappointed.

Have a Tip-Top weekend 😘

V x

Rebel Heir by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward – @NarratorMaxine @PenelopeAuthor @ViKeeland #SebastianYork #MaxineMitchell

Rebel Heir

Rebel Heir by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌠 Narration Perfection Stars

Synopsis

How to kick off a great summer in the Hamptons:

Snag a gorgeous rental on the beach. Check.

Get a job at a trendy summer haunt. Check.

How to screw up a great summer in the Hamptons:

Fall for the one guy with a dark leather jacket, scruff on his face, and intense eyes that doesn’t fit in with the rest of the tony looking crowd. A guy you can’t have when you’ll be leaving at the end of the season.

Check. Check. Check.

I should add—especially when the guy is your sexy, tattooed God of a boss.

Especially when he not only owns your place of employment but inherited half of the town.

Especially when he’s mean to you.

Or so I thought.

Until one night when he demanded I get in his car so he could drive me home because he didn’t want me walking in the dark.

That was sort of how it all started with Rush.

And then little by little, some of the walls of this hardass man started to come down.

I never expected that the two of us, seemingly opposites from the outside, would grow so close.

I wasn’t supposed to fall for the rebel heir, especially when he made it clear he didn’t want to cross the line with me.

As the temperature turned cooler, the nights became hotter. My summer became a lot more interesting—and complicated.

All good things must come to an end, right?

Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming.

Review

Gia is an author……..well, she’s bagged herself a book deal, her first book, the thing is, she hasn’t written it yet!

She decides to go away for the summer to get some inspiration and her creative juices flowing, and gets a nice little house to rent on the beach, a friend of hers works at the fancy bar/restaurant so she has company too…..perfect!

Gia’s friend calls her one evening to ask her to cover for her behind the bar as she has a family emergency, even though she doesnt have that much experience, she agrees, i mean how difficult can it be?

The answer to this comes quickly when people start ordering cocktails she has never heard of, charging customers wrong, and basically having a pretty crappy time.

What is making this worse is that there is a man watching her from the other side of the bar, he doesn’t fit in with the rest of the posh people here, he has a black leather jacket and jeans on, she asks him what he wants to drink, and promptly charges him wrong…..this wouldn’t be a problem, but it turns out to be the boss, oh and he owns the place, his name….Rush!

Rush……ahh Rush 😍

Most people that work at the restaurant think he is a bit of a dick, and he does come across that way, but Gia doesn’t take any crap from anyone and gives as good as she gets, which seems to please Rush.

An unlikely friendship forms between them both and then romance, but a big unforeseen spanner gets thrown in the works, and things may not turn out how they both hope.

This ends in a cliffhanger, but don’t worry, you won’t have to wait long, as book 2 comes out in a few weeks

🎧🎧 Narrated by the always sexy voiced Sebastian York #SebYesPlease and the totally gorgeous Maxine Mitchell.
They will set your earphones on fire with their sexual chemistry and witty one liners.

Enjoy the Rush,

Vicci

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas @angiecthomas #FBF #bookreview

The Hate You Give

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

5 Must Read Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Synopsis

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

This is such a powerful book with such a powerful message that I think everyone should read … want to share a little story … as mentioned in my review I am the only white sibling in my family my brothers are adopted…. their biological mother was Vietnamese and their biological fathers were both serviceman during the war my one brother is half African-American half Vietnamese and the other is half Mexican half Vietnamese…
When my kids and I went to go see Lilo and Stich ages ago in the movie theater… after the movies my kids asked me what is adoption? And I told them that their uncles were adopted and mentioned that they don’t look anything like me… their response….. yeah mom there boys! This just really brought home to me how much hate is taught… I’ve had the luxury of living in Southern California where it is such a melting pot and I don’t think hate and intolerance is as prevalent as it is in other parts of the country… however it would be naïve of me to say that it does not exist, but I hope one day it does not …..

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This book was extremely good and the audio was even better….
What I know, what it is like to be the only one hundred percent white sibling in a biracial family, what it is like to have national guard on your street as I was living in Long Beach during the 92 riots, what it is like to have a brother pulled over by the police for absolutely no reason other than the color of his skin…. but what I don’t know is what it is like to be anything but a white girl… this book did a very good job in really bringing to light the problem of police brutality when it comes to minorities… A life matters no matter what, we will never know what choices we would make if our life offered us different circumstances and different choices, because don’t we all make bad choices…. I truly believe we should not judge people based on life choices, because we have never lived their lives, we do not know their reasons, and what we really don’t know is what we would have done in the same situation…. I hope people read this book with an open mind and wanting some understanding to what is really going on, someday perhaps we could all live in a world where people pass less judgment and have more understanding, I can only hope…

narration: if you do not listen to audiobooks start now! This is probably the most fantastic narration of 2017,Bahni Turpine brought so much to this already amazing story, I can’t even….💚

Come on, you know you wanna,

Berit

Unloved by Katy Regnery – @KatyRegnery @TheRealJoeArden @NarratorMaxine #Audiobook #Review

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Unloved by Katy Regnery

🌟🌟🌟🌟 Feel the Feels Stars

Synopsis

My name is Cassidy Porter…

My father, Paul Isaac Porter, was executed twenty years ago for the brutal murder of twelve innocent girls.

Though I was only eight-years-old at the time, I am aware – every day of my life – that I am his child, his only son.

To protect the world from the poison in my veins, I live a quiet life, off the grid, away from humanity.

I promised myself, and my mother, not to infect innocent lives with the darkness that swirls within me, waiting to make itself known.

It’s a promise I would have kept…if Brynn Cadogan hadn’t stumbled into my life.

Now I exist between heaven and hell: falling for a woman who wants to love me, while all along reminding myself that I must remain…

Unloved.

**NOTE: This book is intended for readers 18+**

Review

This is a book that is full of feels.

Told in alternate POV this tells the story of Brynn and Cassidy.

Brynn is a happy go lucky girl, but all of this comes to a sudden and devastating halt.

The prologue had me in tears before I’d even started the story!

Cassidy lives alone, he does this by choice, although he was also advised to do so by his grandpa, he does this because of his father, an infamous serial killer who was executed twenty years ago for killing 12 young girls!

Cassidy doesn’t want to end up like his father so he keeps himself closed away from anyone, living in a self sufficient “off the grid” ranch.

Brynn wants to say goodbye to the love of her life, and the best way she knows how is to climb his favourite mountain Katahdin, close to where Cassidy lives.

A stupid decision on her part finds her in trouble, and Cassidy comes to the rescue and becomes her saviour.

Taking her back to his ranch to nurse her back to health, the story takes a 180 and Cassidy has to fight his feelings for Brynn as he can’t handle how he is feeling, he is scared about the ‘poisoned blood’ in his veins and tries to keep his distance.

Brynn wakes up in a place she doesn’t know, with a man she has never met looking after him, she tries her best to befriend him but he is always keeping her at arms length and she doesn’t know why!

With a couple of great twists that i didn’t see coming, I really enjoyed listening to this book.

🎧🎧Narration was again perfectly done by the always brilliant #AndCock Joe Arden, and the most beautiful Maxine Mitchell, they really are a dream team together and an instant 1 click for me, regardless of the author, which is exactly how i stumbled across this little beautiful book.

Feel the Feels and Enjoy

V x

Room by Emma Donoghue – #fbf #bookreview

Room

Room by Emma Donoghue

🌟🌟🌟🌟 Emotional Stars

Synopsis

To five-year-old-Jack, Room is the world….

Told in the inventive, funny, and poignant voice of Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience – and a powerful story of a mother and son whose love lets them survive the impossible.

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it’s not enough…not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son’s bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.

Review

It’s really difficult to review this book, 1 because of the subject matter and 2 because of the narration.

The story is narrated by a 5 year old little boy called Jack.
He lives in ‘Room’ with ‘Ma’ this is the only place he has ever known as he was born there.

Room is 11ft by 11ft with a bath, cooker a bed, a wardrobe all of the creature comforts you would ever want and Jack is happy!

Ma is not happy…..

Ma was kidnapped at the age of 19 and put into the room and has not been able to leave for 7 years!

Jack has lots of friends, he has Bed, Wardrobe, Plant, Egg Snake and Dora in TV.

Because the whole story is told from Jacks POV you never really understand everything that is happening in Room but you can feel it.

You can feel it when they look at ‘Watch’ and it is 8.47pm and he runs into ‘Wardrobe’ to his bed so that he isn’t there when ‘Old Nick’ comes in at 9pm….

You can feel it when he counts the grunts until it goes quiet and Old Nick leaves…

You can feel it when Jack speaks about people in TV not being really real, and ‘Outside’ is outer space ……

🎧🎧 – Narrated by Michal Friedman & Ellen Archer

The narration is hard at first, and I felt guilty about being a bit fed up with it after a few chapters, it started to grate my nerves, but after that I understood why it was done like that.

A good but difficult read.

📣I have since found out this morning while posting this Flashback Friday review that one of the narrators of this book Michal Friedman has since died.
It was announced here – https://quillandquire.com/book-news/2…

This is incredibly sad, and although it was a few years ago i hope her husband and children are doing ok.

Be Prepared,

Vicci

Written in Red by Anne Bishop – #FBF #bookreview

Written in Red

Written in Red by Anne Bishop

5 Fantastic Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Synopsis

As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut—a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard—a business district operated by the Others.

Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job. First, he senses she’s keeping a secret, and second, she doesn’t smell like human prey. Yet a stronger instinct propels him to give Meg the job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and that she’s wanted by the government, he’ll have to decide if she’s worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow.

Review

This is the first book in the Others series a fabulous urban fantasy series….. I read this book in February 2017 and binged the series finishing the last book in March 2017….. I am not a huge fantasy/urban fantasy person but this book was spectacular as were all the other books in the series,…. so much love to Meg and Simon and all the rest of these amazing characters! If you are thinking of dipping your toe into this genre I strongly suggest this series…

~ review February 2017~

I think I have found myself a new favorite urban fantasy series….
The question I ask myself is what took me so long to read this book? My favorite part of books are the character and the character development… and both of these were done so very well in this book…

Meg the female protagonist was so well written… she was naïve and yet she was so strong…. and she never came across whiny, and that is something I have a problem with in a lot of books in the fantasy/urban fantasy genre…. and then we have Simon.:. a little rough around the edges, but he is a wolf after all…. all the secondary characters were done so well, they were all very necessary to the book…. and added so much color…. and I was never confused as to who was Who and I give the Author credit for this…

My favorite of these secondary characters being the bear, the crows, and of course Tess….. I also really liked the part the elementals and the ponies played in this…. shoot I could go on forever, but I won’t…. Will definitely be reading the next book in the series very, very, soon!

**** as I mentioned above I have read all the books in this series and all my favorite characters remain throughout and were fabulous throughout… and even played a bigger role in future books… cannot encourage you enough to try this series!

Be entertained in this new world,

Berit

At the Stroke of Midnight by Tara Sivec – @TaraSivec #bookreview

At the Stroke of Midnight

At the Stroke of Midnight by Tara Sivec

4.5 charming Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

Synopsis

Meet the Naughty Princess Club: a brand new series from USA Today bestselling author Tara Sivec that introduces readers to Fairytale Lane and the hilarity—and romance—that ensue when three women start a new business to make it rain.

Once upon a time Cynthia was the perfect housewife. Between being the President of the PTA and keeping her home spotless without a hair (or her pearls) out of place, her life was a dream come true. Her husband was once her knight in shining armor, but now he’s run off with all their money…and the babysitter.

Dressed as a princess at the annual Halloween block party on Fairytale Lane, she meets two other “princesses” also facing money troubles: antique store owner Ariel and librarian Isabelle. When the women are invited to wear their costumes to a party where they’re mistaken for strippers, Cindy, Ariel, and Belle realize that a career change could be the best way to make their money problems go bippity-boppity-boo.

But can structured Cindy approach a stripper pole without sanitizing wipes? And could the blue-eyed anti-prince that has been crossing her path become Cindy’s happily ever after? At the Stroke of Midnight is a hilarious, empowering story where princesses can save themselves while slaying in stilettos.

Review

Once upon a time… three Beautiful women lived on Fairytale Lane…. Cindy Ella a newly divorced woman, with a teenage daughter named Anastasia, and a struggle to make ends meet…. Ariel a single woman with the looks of a princess and the mouth of a trucker…. Belle A quiet woman who still lives with her father abides by his rules and is filled with facts of all kinds…. will they all live happily ever after?

This is the first book in this brand new series by one of my favorite authors Tara Sivec… Love her! especially when you’re in the mood for a fun fluffy read with lots of laughs and fabulous characters….. Tara writes books that don’t take themselves too seriously… and I’m really excited about this new series it started off fantastically….

This is Cindy story and her struggle to loosen up a bit and enjoy life…. can she ditch the pearl necklace for stilettos with the help of her new friends Ariel and Belle? And how these ladies ultimately decide to make money is quite unbelievable yet hilarious… I loved all these characters the girls were so much fun, a little over-the-top, but that is to be expected with a Tara Sivec book…. I love all the fairytale and princess references from the strip club named Charmings to the love interest named PJ (and guess what the P stands for?)…. and I can’t forget the bouncer at the club named Beast along with another gentleman working at the club named Eric…. wonderful start to a fun new series!

Absolutely recommend two lovers of romance with lots of laughs, if you liked any of this authors other books you will really enjoy this one!👑

*** thank you to the publisher and Net Galley for a copy of this book ***

Feel the love,

Berit