What I’m Reading This Weekend #FridayReads (45)

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Morning all!  It is morning still, isn’t it? 

I am busy playing catch up because the storm knocked my internet out yesterday.  Finally have all my posts, except this one done.  I just have to do this one, then get into my email that has piled up over 24 hours, and then I can read… or clean my kitchen.  Reading sounds so much better.

Do you have big plans for this weekend or are you going to sit down and enjoy a good book?

I am trying to get used to a new antidepressant, my doctor put me on Lexapro a week ago and I feel like I am buzzing all over the place.  On the plus side, I haven’t had any issues with depression, anxiety, or panic attacks in a week, which is awesome.  I even said yes without thinking when my sister in law told me about the movie in the park night in our town this weekend.  Typically I would make 100 excuses about why I cannot go as anxiety builds and builds and builds until I finally send my husband with the kids so that I don’t have to deal with crowds that freak me out.  I am actually excited to take the kids to this.  I feel more like my old self from a long time ago.  On the flip side, I am having trouble sleeping (I take the pill at 7 AM), which I guess leaves more time for reading, and my frontal lobe and forehead literally feel like they are buzzing all day long.  Pros vs cons and the weighing jazz.  I would rather have trouble sleeping than be fighting thoughts about self harm.  True story?  Yes.

I did ask my doctor about the side effects that I am having and he said to give it a month before we decide on whether this one is for me or not.

We will revisit this blog topic in a month I guess. 🙂

On to my reading list for this weekend.

I started this book last night.  I have been really looking forward to it but I wish I would have checked how long it was when I put it on my calendar.  I read fast, but with 4 kids, getting a 7000+ location book read in one day is pushing it.  Have no fear, I will have this one up for review tomorrow.  I am loving it so far!

Nestled in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, the beautiful town of Paradise is the perfect place to raise a family, have dinner at the local diner…and chase a ruthless killer.
Jacob Stone is an undercover DEA Agent dead-set on getting vengeance for his sister’s death. When his sources tell him that the drug dealer he’s been searching for will soon be setting up a distribution center in the seemingly innocent town of Paradise, he moves in for the kill.
What Jake wasn’t counting on, however, was falling in love with gorgeous Harmony McKinnon – the ex-wife of the man he was determined to eliminate.
Harmony McKinnon never believed she’d find love again….not after the horrors she lived through with her ex-husband. When she meets secretive Jacob Stone and soon falls in love, she never expected that her life would be in danger again…or that the man she’d come to trust would betray her.
Can Jake make Harmony understand his motives? Can Harmony trust him in spite of the past? Will they have their happily ever after?
Not everything is as it seems in the sleepy, little town of Paradise, Tennessee!
Hard as Stone is the second book in the Passion in Paradise: The Men of the McKinnon Sisters Series, but is a stand-alone novel (165,000 words) that can be easily read without reading the first book

Purchase Hard As Stone


Sarah O’Rourke

This next one I have down for Sunday, but I don’t have my copy yet.  If I get it in time, this will be on my list to read tomorrow.

“Her hands began to shake as she looked down wide-eyed at the blood-soaked cotton that covered her.”
London emerges from the Blitz, and every corner of the city bears the scars. In the East End—a corner fairing worse than most—thirteen year-old Beth Wade endures this new way of life with her adoptive family. She also suffers the prejudice against her appearance, an abiding loneliness and now the trials of adolescence. But with this new burden comes a persisting fatigue and an unquenchable thirst that ultimately steals her into unconsciousness . . .
What happens next is the start of something Beth will fear more than the war itself.
She begins to change in ways that can’t be explained by her coming-of-age, none more frightening than her need to consume blood. The family who took her in and the former best friend who’s taken refuge in their house can never know.
Aware of the danger she poses to everyone around her, Beth has never felt more alone.
But someone else knows Beth’s secret . . . someone who understands just how different she really is. He alone can decrypt her past and explain her future. But he’s been sworn to destroy her kind, and as Beth grows ever more dangerous, he’s forced to take sides.
Can Beth keep all of the secrets? Can she trust a man sworn to kill her?
And can she stop the vampire within from taking her humanity?

Purchase No Shelter From Darkness

Mark D. Evans

This next one was on my Friday Reads list 3 weeks ago, but then the tour was moved to another date so I skipped it and am coming back to it now.

It’s time for Sawyer to start living her life. Since she was fifteen she has taken care of everyone but herself, including her older brother Dane. She has been lying to herself to keep from feeling the pain of her parent’s death. Now she is twenty and she’s ready to start a life of her own. Moving into her parent’s lake house would be the perfect escape. Wouldn’t it? That’s what she thought. Only, it led her right into the emotional place she’s been hiding from all this time. All of those years of running from her feelings, she now has to face them. It’s too much. She can’t deal with it alone. Someone has to help. She’ll do anything to escape the heartbreak, but you can only run so far.

Travis can’t believe his eyes; his half-opened, blood shot eyes. Sawyer Evans was in the flesh and standing over him. He hadn’t seen this girl since he was ten years old. Travis only saw the Evan’s during the summer when they moved into the lake house. He and Dane were best friends. When Dane invited him and the old gang to a welcome back party at the Lake House, he couldn’t wait to go. It turns out getting wasted was only half the fun. Seeing Sawyer was the other half. She was the sexiest girl he’d ever seen and he was going to make sure that she knew it. Only she shot him down time and time again. He’s determined to break down those walls and get inside her head, but he’ll have to be sober to do it, and no matter how hard he tries, she’ll always run. He can’t keep chasing her. He has to figure out a way to make her stay.

It’s time to stop running, stop hiding, and start learning where the true escape lies. Everyone will face heartbreak, but not everyone will find love.
Stand Alone Novel for ages 18+ due to graphic language, and sexual content.

add Escaping Heartbreak to your TBR

Regina Bartley

That is all I am going to put on myself for this weekend.  I think that is definitely enough.

2014 Reading Challenge

2014 Reading Challenge
Heather has read 139 books toward her goal of 200 books.

How are you doing on your challenge?  I seriously don’t think I am going to put my challenge up there at 200 next year.  I probably will.  I can’t help myself.
Books I have bought this week –
Seduce Me – 99 cents|Beware – 99 cents|Interview With A Master – 99 cents
May I just say that you should not read the 1 star review on Beware.  Some people do not know how to leave a review on a book without killing it for everyone else.  I was just cruising the reviews to decide if I should buy it when there the ending was.  I still bought it but I really wanted to smack that reviewer upside the head… hard.
That is it for me today!  What did you buy last week?  What are you waiting on?  What are you reading?
Have a beautiful weekend!

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