What I’ve Been Reading | Summer Wrap Up Part 1


My summer has been pretty shite. I have been quite sick since the end of May when I started vomiting my guts up on our travel day from Gran Canaria. Thankfully, we now know I have gallstones (which caused pancreatitis and an inflamed liver) and how to manage it while I’m waiting for my operation. I really hoped to have it done before the end of the summer but it’s not looking likely.

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Other than that nastiness, my summer has actually been quite nice. I’m working on my summer memories junk journal at the moment and it’s really helping me look past my hospital trips to see how nice it was and relive those lovely memories. Lots of family time and sunshine.

We often act like our summers are dreadful here in Ireland but we always get nice days (just not all nice days) we even got that heatwave though thankfully not as intense as other places. I got a new sun lounger and set it up in a shady spot to read in the warm breeze with a mocktail or two.


Night’s Darkest Embrace by Jeaniene Frost

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A short story but with a fair amount of world-building. It was good, the characters are interesting but I think I would enjoy it more as a full-length novel. The pairing had a bit of history but it still felt a bit rushed to me. Not full-on insta-love but a touch of it. The suspense plot was pretty darn interesting though. Something worthy of a longer book.

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Wolf Gone Wild by Juliette Cross

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Fabulous paranormal romance with an almost enemies-to-lovers relationship. I say almost because they’re never enemies but mixing with werewolves is strongly discouraged. It’s more friends-to-lovers with them working together to remove a mysterious curse placed on Mateo, the MMC. I love this as a suspense plot. Paranormal and Urban Fantasy most often have murder mysteries but this was much more interesting and led to some fun character interactions.

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Don’t Hex and Drive by Juliette Cross

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I didn’t enjoy this one as much as Wolf Gone Wild but it was still a great read. This one is opposites-attract with a bit of grumpy-sunshine thrown in. I related to Isadora so much! She’s the quiet girl that takes a step back from the drama which I totally get. What set me back on this one a little bit is that her love interest is a movie star and I do not like any form of celebrity romance. Luckily, he no longer acted and wasn’t well known in the setting of the book cause he was an awesome character. Even if he does hit Isadora with his car…

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Witches Get Stitches by Juliette Cross

Rating: 4 out of 5.

So much pining 😍 This story is hinted at from book 1 and has such a good pay-off. The romance in this is toe-curlingly yummy but the suspense plot is a little bit meh. It’s an interesting premise that evolves in a peculiar way. The stakes felt forced rather than there ever being any actual danger.

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The Nerd and The Neighbour by Lainey Davis

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This book is pretty short but it took me weeks to read it. There wasn’t a whole lot going on in it. It was like a love story with the town more than the couple. I don’t really have much to say about it… it was a medium read with medium characters.

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Pretend You’re Safe by Alexandra Ivy

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I’m not sure what it is but this summer I’ve really been craving some darker stories. Usually, I want fluffy contemporary romances in summer but this year I want murder and mayhem. So, I picked up this thriller romance about a woman’s stalker upping the ante on his creepy little game.

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12 thoughts on “What I’ve Been Reading | Summer Wrap Up Part 1

  1. I had my gallbladder out several years ago, and have had not issues since then. I wish you the best, Elaine. We over her in Southern Ontario in Canada also gripe about the weather constantly. In the summer it is too hot and we complain, then winter rolls around and we can’t wait for summer, in the spring it is too wet, in the summer we want rain, it is never ending. 😂

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  2. When I was heading to Ireland in summer 2016, I was sitting next to an Irish woman who was complaining about the ‘awful’ Irish weather, and I just sat there silently thinking, “that sounds wonderful after our blazingly hot Nebraska weather”.

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      1. I think everyone loves to complain about their weather. We all think our climates are so uniquely awful! I wish we had more rain in the summer. It always gets so dry around here in July, August, and early September. Send some rain my way, if you have some extra!

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    1. Ugh it’s really annoying but the change in my diet has helped a lot with my symptoms. Hopefully, it will help me adjust once the gallbladder is taken out. I’m dreading adjusting to the change in my digestion.


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