October was a weird reading month for me. I read a lot the first week of the month and then just couldn’t focus on reading much else! I’m blaming all of this election drama. 😉
What I Read In October 2020
Out Of Love by Jewel E. Ann (5 STARS)
I LOVED this book. It just came out in September and I had read other Jewel E. Ann books in the past so it showed up on the home page of my Kindle app. I love romance books, but can sometimes get a little bored with the typical love stories. I’ve learned over the last year that I really love romantic suspense books where the romance storyline is complemented with an additional storyline.
Here is the Out Of Love synopsis from Amazon:
Conspiracies. Corruption. Serial killers.
You name it—I’m fascinated by it. My mom always blamed my overly curious and highly suspicious mind on my dad.
My incredibly overbearing dad.
Mr. No One Is Good Enough For My Daughter has been terrifying my dates since I turned fifteen.
College is my chance to be free from his control and date any guy I want.
I’m absolutely certain he would hate Slade Wylder—almost as certain as I am that I do too.
Since when have I shied away from trouble?
Slade fascinates me. He lives in a house I’m certain is haunted. His dog is trained as well as any guard I’ve ever seen. Rumor on campus is that he deals drugs. It would explain a lot.
But it doesn’t explain why he saves me from my darkest moment.
It doesn’t explain why I can’t stop thinking about him.
And the explanation I finally discover is far more dangerous than any rumor.
I give this book 5 stars. I was hooked from the beginning! After reading it I moved on to the Jack & Jill series by Jewel E. Ann and it wasn’t until I was a few chapters in that I realized Out of Love was connected with this series! I wish I would have read the Jack & Jill series first, but Out of Love is a standalone so ultimately it didn’t make a difference.
Jack & Jill Series by Jewel E. Ann (5 STARS)
This series has 3 books in it (End of Day, Middle of Knight, & Dawn of Forever). I loved every one of them and gave them all 5 stars! Like Out of Love they had the same suspenseful storyline along with the romance.
Here is the End of Day synopsis from Amazon:
It’s never too soon to take your next breath.
Behind tinted windows a few yards from mourning family and friends, Jessica and Jude Day witness their parents’ funeral—and their own. Stripped of the only life they’ve ever known, the Days say goodbye to San Francisco forever.
Six months and two new identities later, the thirty-year-old misfits with elite self-defense skills and penchants for alcohol, sex, and trouble arrive like an earthquake to Peaceful Woods, a retirement community in Omaha, Nebraska, that thrives on rules and gossip. Welcome home, Jackson and Jillian Knight.
Jackson celebrates his new beginning by embracing his job and wiping his cavalier past clean with a temporary oath of celibacy. But Jillian’s past is branded into her soul—the deaths, the insanity, Dr. Luke Jones, and the need to make her lovers bleed. Her chance for redemption comes in the form of a next-door neighbor, one Senior Master Sergeant Monaghan. He’s sexy, dangerously alluring, and riddled with emotional issues from years of service. He’s also … So. Damn. Grumpy.
Their mission is simple: Let go, start over, don’t kill anyone, and pray that nobody resurrects their past.
Atomic Habits by James Clear (3 STARS)
To be honest, I didn’t love this book. I listened to it on Audible and it took me months to finish it. The concepts are really great, but I just felt as if it was dragging on. That most everything in the book could have been summed up in one or two blog posts. There were some methods that were new to me though and that could potentially help someone that is trying to create positive habits and get rid of negative habits.
I want to add that this book has AMAZING reviews. So while it wasn’t my favorite (3 stars), it might be a favorite of yours!
Here is the Atomic Habits synopsis from Amazon:
No matter your goals, Atomic Habits offers a proven framework for improving–every day. James Clear, one of the world’s leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results.
If you’re having trouble changing your habits, the problem isn’t you. The problem is your system. Bad habits repeat themselves again and again not because you don’t want to change, but because you have the wrong system for change. You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems. Here, you’ll get a proven system that can take you to new heights.
Clear is known for his ability to distill complex topics into simple behaviors that can be easily applied to daily life and work. Here, he draws on the most proven ideas from biology, psychology, and neuroscience to create an easy-to-understand guide for making good habits inevitable and bad habits impossible. Along the way, readers will be inspired and entertained with true stories from Olympic gold medalists, award-winning artists, business leaders, life-saving physicians, and star comedians who have used the science of small habits to master their craft and vault to the top of their field.
Learn how to:
• make time for new habits (even when life gets crazy);
• overcome a lack of motivation and willpower;
• design your environment to make success easier;
• get back on track when you fall off course;
…and much more.
Atomic Habits will reshape the way you think about progress and success, and give you the tools and strategies you need to transform your habits–whether you are a team looking to win a championship, an organization hoping to redefine an industry, or simply an individual who wishes to quit smoking, lose weight, reduce stress, or achieve any other goal.
Say You Still Love me By K.A. Tucker (4 STARS)
This was a really cute contemporary romance. I gave it 4 stars and really enjoyed it. I’ve read several of K.A. Tucker’s books now and always enjoy them. My favorite book of hers is for sure The Simple Wild!
This book alternates between present-day and her time as a summer camp counselor when Piper was much younger.
Here is the synopsis for Say You Still Love Me from Amazon:
Life is a mixed bag for Piper Calloway.
On the one hand, she’s a twenty-nine-year-old VP at her dad’s multibillion-dollar real estate development firm, and living the high single life with her two best friends in a swanky downtown penthouse. On the other hand, she’s considered a pair of sexy legs in a male-dominated world and constantly has to prove her worth. Plus she’s stuck seeing her narcissistic ex-fiancé—a fellow VP—on the other side of her glass office wall every day.
Things get exponentially more complicated for Piper when she runs into Kyle Miller—the handsome new security guard at Calloway Group, and coincidentally the first love of her life.
The guy she hasn’t seen or heard from since they were summer camp counselors together. The guy from the wrong side of the tracks. The guy who apparently doesn’t even remember her name.
Piper may be a high-powered businesswoman now, but she soon realizes that her schoolgirl crush is still alive and strong, and crippling her concentration. What’s more, despite Kyle’s distant attitude, she’s convinced their reunion isn’t at all coincidental, and that his feelings for her still run deep. And she’s determined to make him admit to them, no matter the consequences.
And that is it for October! I’ve read a few good ones already in November and can’t wait to share them.