Books – August 2023

I had a very slow start to the reading month, I was reading a nonfiction hormone book that took me awhile to get through, then Mac passed away and I wasn’t in the mood to read anything. I got an ARC copy for a book I was really excited about and made myself start it and got my reading mojo back and finished with a decent amount of books for the month!

The Barista’s Guide to the Perfect Steam by Valerie Pepper

Valerie instantly became a must read author for me. Someone on TikTok described her as Tessa Bailey’s sassy southern sister, and I 100% agree with that. If you like Tessa, give her a try for sure! The Guided Love Series takes place in Talladega, which makes my Bama girl heart happy. The cute little town makes me feel right at home. I love the first in the series, and this one is just as good! There is some serious steam, a badass coffee shop owner, a hot firefighter, the meddling townsfolk…what is not to love??? Watching the relationship between Jodi and Price bloom makes me so happy. I love that there is some depth to Price and how he was on a journey to bettering himself, definitely had the misunderstood bad boy thing going for him. And Jodi always trying to be the people pleaser and base for her family, she had some growth throughout the book as well. I cannot wait to read the next one in this series!

**I received an ARC copy from the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are of my own.**

The Honeymoon Crashers by Christina Lauren

I was excited to dive back into Olive and Ethan’s world, with Olive’s sister and Brody as the main focus in this quick read. I believe this is only available on audio? And it was such a fun cast of characters, very enjoyable to listen to. It was a whirlwind of wedding planning and watching Ami and Brody get to know each other. Definitely read Unhoneymooners first, as there would be far too many spoilers in this one if you didn’t. Why is no one talking about this??

Bottom Line: Read it!

With My Little Eye by Joshilyn Jackson

Love Joshilyn Jackson books and was super excited to get an ARC of this one. I actually read it after it was released, sorry!!! I took a little while to get into this one at first, but once I got a good footing of all the characters and what was going on, I really flew through it! It isn’t thriller level, but I appreciated the mystery behind who trying to figure out who the stalker was and trying to guess if it was someone she already knew. There were some unreliable characters that kept me on my toes. I guessed several things before they happened, but didn’t guess the actual stalker, so that was nice. I really loved Honor, she was such a great kid character. My only complaint was that the ending happened quickly and I wanted a little more from it.

Bottom Line: Read it!

**I received a copy of My Little Eye from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are of my own.**

Meet Me at the Lake by Carley Fortune

Loved this one and flew through it. The book switches back and forth in timeline, which I liked the layout of. I also enjoyed Fern’s mom’s diary readings, though I felt like they could have been more. Fern and Will were relatable characters and their history was messy and relatable. The setting of the resort was dreamy and the perfect way to finish out my “summer reading.” I think I liked Every Summer After a little more, but still enjoyed this one a lot.

Bottom Line: Read it!

Wheat Belly by William Davis

There is no doubt in my mind that our food supply is our biggest problem when it comes to our health today. I have done so much research and really opened my eyes over the last several years. Big Food and Big Pharma run everything and it is always about money and never about what is actually good for us. It is obvious that the author of this book has done a lot of research over the years and he makes some excellent points throughout the book. I will say, I did get a little bored at times, as there is a lot of science and medical talk. He makes an excellent case to consider eliminating wheat and gluten from your diet.

Buried Roots by Terra Weiss

I enjoyed this one! It was a romance/mystery book that drew me in right away and had me guessing through the end. It isn’t a thriller by any means, but it wasn’t advertised as such either. It was the perfect read at the beginning of September when I want to grab more mysteries. I loved the small town feel. While I felt like Willow and Owen had sort of an insta-love, it worked in this book. They were both broken from their pasts and just clicked really well together. Willow was a badass, restoring the old home and running her business. I loved all the side characters from the town, especially the animals from the farm. It gave me all the feels. This is a new to me author, and I definitely want to read the next in the series!!

Bottom Line: Read it!

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

The Hormone Fix by Anna Cabeca

I found this book interesting and informative. I wont do everything in the book, but I am definitely glad I read it and have some key take aways I want to implement. Trying to find what works for you and your body is always difficult!

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