Literary Wanderlust (January Edition)
I read to escape reality and get lost in an all-consuming-amazing-life-altering literary affair. No pressure. I expect a lot from the books I read, especially the ones that I pay for. So it’s with the utmost pleasure and excitement that I share with you awesome folk, my favorite reads for January. I don’t have a particular method for selecting my next read, it all depends on my mood. My first recommendation is of a book that I saw all over Goodreads last year. It was added to my ever-growing TBR (to be read) list and after reading a sample, I was hooked. My second recommendation is part of a trilogy with amazing writing that keeps getting better. My last recommendation is a freebie I came across that turned out to be a surprisingly fun read.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (Blurb) Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that. What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.
My Reaction: ‘Me Before You’ is a heartwarming and heartbreaking novel that will stay with you long after you’ve finished. It’s a story of two people from very different walks of life whose paths cross to bring about an unlikely friendship and maybe a little more. Louisa Clark leads a monotonous life and that’s just how she likes it. The alternative would be a painful reminder of that fateful night in the castle that changed her outlook on life. Will Traynor, on the other hand, longs for the exhilarating big life that can never be. Together, they teach each other life lessons that’ll make you ugly cry and smile.
Last Light (Night Owl #2) by M. Pierce (Blurb) Matt Sky is missing. After a solo ascent of Longs Peak that left only a large blood stain, tatters of climbing clothing, and the tracks of an animal in the snow, he is presumed dead … Hannah Catalano is guarding a secret … Tensions rise, secrets grow bigger, and passions run deeper in the highly anticipated second book in the Night Owl Trilogy.
My Reaction: M. Pierce delivers a riveting follow up to his debut novel Night Owl (top 2013 read) that equals if not slightly surpasses the original. The writing continues to be raw, intense and dripping with sexuality and intrigue that will have you wishing you had the third installment now.
Game for Marriage by Karen Erickson (Blurb) A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint… He’s going in deep to make her his… Struggling artist Sheridan Harper never imagined she’d spend a sizzling night with Jared Quinn, the smoking-hot star quarterback of her local professional football team, the San Jose Hawks. And she’s even more shocked when Jared’s publicist offers her a proposition: a fake marriage to keep Jared out of the gossip mags. Being that close to Jared would be too tempting, so to protect her heart, she insists on secretly including a clause forbidding sex between them. Jared just wants to keep his starting QB job and keep it in San Jose. His reputation as a ladies’ man has landed him in the headlines one too many times, but there’s something about his kind, passionate new wife that tempts him beyond reason. Any sort of intimacy between them is completely forbidden, but as their bodies fall in deep, will their hearts follow suit?
My Reaction: ‘Game for Marriage’ is a hot and fun quick read. The writing is steamy and fast paced. If you’re looking for a weekend distraction with passion and a happily ever after, I highly recommend it.