July was a unique month of reading for me. I practically did a temporary living assignment in Houston, spending 5 weeks traveling back and forth Monday-Thursday. Therefore, I downloaded a BUNCH of free kindle reads via Amazon, and they made for great quick reads while on the road! Have you tried any of the Amazon Top 100 Free Kindle downloads? They change them around every so often, so I get online about every 2 weeks or so and peruse the free reads section. You can check it out HERE. Although there are a lot of romance novels, novellas, and recipe books, I have been able to find a few hidden gems! And the best part – if you don’t like the book, you aren’t obligated to finish!
My first read of the month was Witch Weigh, a novella by Caroline Mickeson. The first lines, “‘Hey, lady, anyone ever tell you you’re a real witch?’ ‘More times than you can imagine.’ Contessa Von Hellengaard, Tessa to her few friends and many enemies alike, eyed the obstinate construction worker who blocked the path of her sleek black Mercedes. She wondered how this mere mortal would like being turned into a fluffy skunk. Her fingers itched to work their magic, but she kept them gripped on the steering wheel.” Super quick read – with a fun twist on the witching world. Summary from Goodreads: “Tessa Von Hellengaard is a real witch. Magical spells aside, she’s snarky and selfish, and the other witches in her silent spell coven are fed up with her. Their plan to reform Tessa involves taking away her magic, saddling her with one hundred extra pounds and sending her to a weight loss spa. For good measure they call in Liam Kennedy, a charming and sexy fairy godfather, to teach her some manners. Desperate to regain her magic and determined to shed the weight, Tessa soon realizes that protecting her heart from Liam will prove to be her greatest challenge.” (3.5/5 Stars)
Game, Set, Match by Nana Malone. The first lines, “She’s going to take Nick away. Izzy Connors was going to lose her son. One midnight phone call, and Izzy’s mind, body and soul ached from the sleepless night. Nick’s birth mother, Sabrina Reems, had never been one for reasonable, rational discussion.” Another easy read. Not usually into “romance”, but this seemed more contemporary. Summary from Goodreads: “Off the court, tennis star Jason Cartwright’s playboy image is taking a public beating. On the court, he’s down forty-love. A knee injury is shutting down his game, and the paparazzi are splashing his love life on every magazine. A comeback is in order, but the makeover he needs to save his faltering career is in the hands of the woman he loved and left fifteen years ago. While single-mom, Izzy Connors, sees people for who they really are through the lens of her camera, even without it, she knows Jason isn’t the star he appears to be. Although his charm and good looks haven’t dimmed since he broke her heart, all she sees is his wasted talent and playboy lifestyle. Can Izzy put the past behind her and help Jason get his game, and his image, back on track? Or will the click of her camera shatter his world as well as his heart.” (3/5 Stars)
Keep Me Ghosted (Sophie Rhoades #1) by Karen Cantwell. The first lines, “Marmaduke Dodsworth was good at many things, but probably his greatest talent was for talking my ear off. If I didn’t clamp him down, he’s make me late for another interview.” Quite simply – a fun read! I enjoyed the light, paranormal tone. Definite chick-lit. Summary from Goodreads: “Ghosts. Do you Believe? Sophie Rhodes doesn’t have a choice. She’s surrounded by them. Desperate to pay the bills, 29-year-old Sophie ignores the advice of her stuffy spirit-friend, Marmaduke Dodsworth, and takes a job with the handsome Dr. Callahan, an optometrist with a desperate situation of his own. The good doctor’s problem? He has a spirit-friend as well: one with a fiery crush and a vicious jealous streak. When chemistry starts to brew between Sophie and Dr. Callahan, his green-eyed ghost wreaks some bad-tempered havoc, scaring away his patients and putting Sophie on edge. Will Sophie give up the ghost and quit the new job, or buck up and find a way to rid Dr. Callahan of his pesky specter, freeing their romance to find a life of its own?” (4/5 Stars)
Champagne and Lemon Drops (Blueberry Springs #1) by Jean Oram. The first lines, “Beth worked to pull in a deep breath against her gown’s sleek fit. If she could breathe properly, everything would feel exactly the way she had always dreamed it would. She would know, without a gain of doubt, that today was more than just a reaction to the events over the past thirteen months. That this moment was her true destiny. That this wasn’t just a knee-jerk reaction. That she was marrying the right man.” This was a quick, fun read…but a lot of the same back and forth with “feelings.” Overall, a fun distraction while traveling! Summary from Goodreads: “Raised by her older sister in the small town of Blueberry Springs, all Beth Wilkinson wants is to create a family so big she’ll never be alone. Things are going great until her accountant fiancé, Oz, experiences a family trauma, forcing him to rethink everything from his own career to their nuptial plans—leaving Beth alone. As Beth works to rediscover her former bold and independent self in hopes of re-attracting Oz, she catches the eye of the charming new city doctor, Nash. Not only does he see her as she’d like to be seen, but he knows exactly what he wants from life—and that includes Beth. Torn between the two men, as well as two versions of herself, Beth discovers that love and dreams are much more complicated than they seem.” (3.5/5 Stars)
Thirty-Two Going on Spinster by Becky Monson. The first lines, “It certainly shouldn’t come as a shock. I’ve always thought of myself as s recluse, a loner of sorts. Now I have a new title: spinster. I think I need some ice cream or an entire chocolate cake…or both. I am a spinster…I am a spinster. It’s true. I just looked it up in the dictionary…” I felt that I mainly finished this book just to see if what I predicted early on actually happened… It is not a bad story, but I just felt that it needed a lil’ more…oomph! Certain passages were redundant…but on par with a free read. Summary from Goodreads: “Julia Dorning is a spinster, or at least on the road to becoming one. She has no social life, hates her job, and lives in her parent’s basement with her cat, Charlie. With the arrival of Jared Moody, the new hire at work, Julia’s mundane life is suddenly turned upside down. Her instant (and totally ridiculous) crush on the new guy causes Julia to finally make some long-overdue changes, in hopes to find a life that includes more than baking and hanging out with Charlie. But when the biggest and most unexpected change comes, will the new and improved Julia be able to overcome it? Or will she go back to her spinster ways?” (2/5 Stars)