Recent Reads (March 2020)

Here’s what I’ve been up to!

Liza's Recent Reads March 2020

In case you can’t read the text on the image, we have…

A Princess in Theory, by Alyssa Cole

Follow Me To Ground, by Sue Rainsford

The Proposal, by Jasmine Guillory

Their Runaway Bride, by Vanessa Vale

Strange Love, by Ann Aguirre

If you tap the image, it will take you to my BookBub author page, where you can find reviews of a couple of these (Strange Love, Follow Me To Ground). I usually post a new BookBub review every couple of weeks, so follow me there for nerdy book chatter!

How about you? What have you been reading? Any new favorites?

An Old Favorite: Dead Until Dark

Dead Until DarkThroughout the 2000s, I was madly in love with vampire fiction. I mostly steered clear of romance at the time and concentrated on urban fantasy or contemporary fantasy. Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse books were among my favorites. I would mark the release dates on my calendar and clear my schedule on those days so I could buy the book (in hardcover!) and read all day.

Part of what made Harris’s books work so well, for me, was the mystery. She’s great at penning mysteries, and that shows in these books, primarily through the suspenseful aspects.

Beyond that, the premise is killer. A waitress who can read minds falls in love with a vampire (whose mind she cannot read). Vampires are “out” in society and can drink a blood substitute as easily as they can drink the real thing.

Now, from most accounts (scrolling reviews and ratings on various sites), it seems the series fizzled toward the end. I stopped at book 8 or 9 (had kids and wasn’t able to read as much for a few years). At that point, fairies had been introduced to the series universe and I lost interest. Should I be glad I stopped? Perhaps! But nothing will change my love for the first few books, especially Dead Until Dark, which I have read several times and will probably read again soon.

Have you read this book or the series? Did you read the whole thing, or stop somewhere in the middle? I’d love to hear if your experience was similar to mine. 🙂

Movie Review: Mr. Right

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image from Wikipedia.org

Not sure how I missed this one–it came out in 2015. But when I saw the thumbnail with Anna Kendrick’s face, I knew I had to watch it!

First off, I expected a romantic comedy because A) Anna Kendrick and B) the title, Mr. Right. However, this is NOT a romantic comedy. This is a dark comedy with a good dose of romance, but it’s pretty freaking crazysauce romance.

Basically, a hitman who goes after the people who hire him falls in love with a quirky woman who’s spiraling after the end of a relationship. She’s bonkers, but so is he, and their dialogue was hilarious. Their conversations might be what I liked best about the film.

Expect quite a bit of violence, mostly in the way of shooting and hitting. Bad guys hit Martha, the heroine, several times, and that wasn’t easy for me to watch. There’s also a story of violence to an animal (a pet turtle) that even now makes me cringe when I think about it. I really could’ve lived without that little anecdote, and I realize it might bother other animal lovers out there, so I’m mentioning it as something to be wary of.

Do not expect the plot to make a whole lot of sense.

Do expect a good soundtrack, great dialogue, and wacky dance sequences.

Join Me in the 2020 Alpha Obsession Book Club!

The Alpha Obsession Book Club is up to its old hijinks, finding twelve authors to give away twelve books in one year! The theme for 2020 is shifter romance, and I’m so excited!

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Joining Alpha Obsession is absolutely FREE. Visit the site by clicking here, and you’ll be able to sign up and see who the new authors are for 2020! It should be a blast!

In the meantime, for the 2019 reverse harem series that Alpha Obsession ran, Oracle Defiant is free this month to the 2019 group! If you’re in the 2019 club, you should’ve already gotten your download link, but here it is again in case you missed it! ❤

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