What I Read This Week: November 14, 2021
Hello and welcome to another weekly re-cap. This week I finished five great books!
A Worthy Opponent by Katee Robert
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Book three in the Wicked Villains series. This series gets better with each book! The world building is excellent and characters from previous/future books show up often. It keeps me invested in this universe and looking forward to the next installment. These books are dark. Not only because they deal with villains and crime but also because they tackle heavy subjects, here domestic violence is in the forefront of Tink’s journey. I loved her in the earlier books and was excited to get her story in depth. She and Hook have great chemistry and the sex scenes are smoking hot (and quite non-traditional). To start out, she trusts him with her body but not her heart and soul. It was fun to watch her grow and lean into her feelings for him. At the same time, it was wonderful watching Hook put aside his fierce front and soften with Tink. I highly recommend this series, start with the first book.
The Storyteller by Dave Grohl
This was everything I’d hoped it would be and then some! I listened the the audiobook read by Dave Grohl and it was pure joy. The man is one hell of a writer and storyteller, it felt like listening to a friend share tales from his life. Dave intertwines stories from his youth with ones from his life as a rockstar, and jumps right into exciting stuff from the beginning. His passion for music and gratitude for the life he’s led are clear in every chapter. He’s open, honest, and humble throughout. I laughed out loud many times and was moved by his discussion of Kurt Cobain, along with other important people in his life, some of whom he’s lost. I highly recommend this for Grohl fans, readers of music memoirs, and audiobook listeners.
The Beast by Katee Robert
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Book four in the Wicked Villains series.
This is the third polyamorous romance I’ve read and I really enjoy them. I appreciate the glimpse into a “non-traditional” relationship and the different ways that people find love. This is not a sweet love story though, it’s dark and gritty and the characters have to work hard to get what they want. The world building continues to be stellar in this series. I love the continuity in these books, each one leads to the next and new characters are introduced, while previous ones show up occasionally. Of course there’s a lot of explicit sex too! I highly recommend this series, start with the first book.
Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
Young adult mystery/Audiobook
This is my book club‘s November pick. It’s labeled as a mystery though it reads like literary fiction. This is the compelling story of a young Native woman who is determined to make a difference in her community. There definitely is a mystery component and a lot of suspense, I listened to the audiobook and it made for a truly engaging listening experience. This is ultimately a coming of age story about family and traditions. The writing is beautiful and I highly recommend it.
Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
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Colleen Hoover’s books are addictive, I usually read them in one or two sittings, and this one was no exception!The story is told from two alternating timelines, one is Tate’s in present day and the other is Miles’ six years ago. I found his story incredibly compelling and couldn’t wait to get back to it. While it informs his behavior in the present day timeline, it was still difficult to see how he treated Tate some times. This is a story about love, loss, and grief. It’s also about learning you are deserving of giving and receiving love. I’t heavy but ultimately hopeful, and I recommend it for readers of romance.