December 2022 Reading Recap

Hello, 2023! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year! 

I took some time off from the holidays from blogging to spend time with the family, but I’m back and ready for action! I did a TON of reading in December (14 books to be exact) to help me hit my reading goal of the year, finishing up book 100 on New Year’s Eve. Hopefully, you hit all your bookish goals!

I will do a reading recap for 2022 sometime soon, as well as recap some of my favorite reads of the year so keep an eye out for that!

And now, let’s take a look at my last reads of the year.

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Review: Texas Splendor by Lorraine Heath

Texas Splendor by Lorraine Heath
Texas Splendor
Lorraine Heath
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: January 1, 1999
Series or Standalone: Texas Trilogy #3
Links: Amazon Barnes & NobleGoodreadsStoryGraph
Rating:3.5 Stars

MY REVIEW

CW: Murder; gun violence; pregnancy; animal death

I absolutely adore the Texas Trilogy series, and Texas Splendor wraps up the main novels with sweet baby Austin’s story, though I don’t think I can call him that anymore as he’s now a man with some emotional baggage. I’ve been looking forward to Austin’s story since Texas Destiny, yet this book is my least favorite in the series. Don’t get me wrong – I still enjoyed this one, but it didn’t pack the same punch as the other books.

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Review: Texas Glory by Lorraine Heath

Texas Glory by Lorraine Heath
Texas Glory
Lorraine Heath
Publisher: Avon Books (Topaz originally)
Publication Date: April 1, 1998
Series or Standalone:Texas Trilogy #2
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4.5 Stars


MY REVIEW

CW: Domestic violence (physical abuse); rape; gun violence; torture; miscarriage; infertility; pregnancy; child abuse; forced child prostitution; pedophilia; murder

I mustache you to read this book. Sorry – it had to be done as I cannot believe I fell in love with a character with a MUSTACHE.

Words fail to express how much I adore Dallas Leigh – he made this book for me. And boy, Lorraine Heath takes you on a journey with this book. This book is filled with so much love, yet so much heartache and pain – very typically Lorraine. But it’s so beautifully done that I cannot fault her for the sad bits.

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ARC Review: The Return of the Duke by Lorraine Heath

The Return of the Duke by Lorraine Heath
The Return of the Duke
Lorraine Heath
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Date: July 26, 2022
Series or Standalone: Once Upon a Dukedom #3
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 5 Stars


MY REVIEW

CW: Infertility; blood; violence

I’ve been putting off writing my review for The Return of the Duke for months now. This book was my most anticipated read in 2022, and boy did it DELIVER. I’ve been waiting for Marcus’s story since Beauty Tempts the Beast and Lorraine Heath wrote the perfect tale for this mysterious lone wolf who has lingered in the shadows.

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March 2022 Reading Recap

I’m a few days late on this, but hey, better late than never, right? I’ve been spending the last few days down in North Carolina with my family as I was in town for a wedding and to go wedding dress shopping with my sister. 

I haven’t had much of a chance to read recently, but luckily I had a fairly good reading month early in March, despite this month being hectic at work. All in all, I ended up reading 8 books this month.

Here’s what I read:

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5 Book Series to Read While You Wait for Season 2 of Bridgerton

Happy Bridgerton month! We’re officially a few weeks away from the premiere of season 2 of Netflix’s smash hit Bridgerton, and I am so excited.

And I’m even more excited for season 2 as The Viscount Who Loved Me is tied with When He Was Wicked as my favorite book from the series.

If you’ve already read all the Bridgerton books and are looking for some other historical romances to check out, here are a few series centered on a central family (or two!) that might hit the spot:

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Top Reads of 2021

I’ve been procrastinating on writing this post for days now as I truly hate picking favorites, especially when it comes to the books I read.

2021 was a great reading year and I truly read so many books that I adored. However, I do think one book stands out in my mind as being my top favorite this year. I accidentally added it twice to my list while I was pulling this together so I take that as a sign that it deserves special recognition.

With the exception of the first book on this list, the rest of the list is in no particular order. 

Most, if not all, of these books were 5-star reads, but not all of my 5 star reads made it onto my favorites. I was pulling this list together I was thinking of the books that stuck with me the most and that I tend to recommend frequently as must-reads. If you follow me on Instagram, I don’t think any of these will come as a major shock.

Okay, enough babbling! Here’s my top 10 reads of 2021:

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ARC Review: The Duchess Hunt by Lorraine Heath

The Duchess Hunt by Lorraine Heath
The Duchess Hunt
Lorraine Heath
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Date: September 28, 2021
Series or Standalone: Once Upon a Dukedom #2
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 5 Stars


MY REVIEW

CW: physical, verbal and emotional abuse; child pornography; exploitation of a minor

After being blown away by Scoundrel of My Heart this spring, The Duchess Hunt became one of my most anticipated reads of the fall. I had incredibly high hopes for this book and somehow it managed to exceed my wildest expectations. This book!! I am fully in love with everything about it – from the characters to the romance to the plot – it’s perfect. It left me speechless and an emotional mess in the best way at the end.

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