Lisa’s Looking Forward To #54 – March 24th, 2020

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Once again I’ll be joining up with the Can’t Wait Wednesday posts hosted by Wishful Endings.  I’m hoping these books will still be coming out next week. I assume that you may have to order from Amazon or BarnesandNoble.com and have them delivered, but we shall see with all the craziness in the world right now! As I write this, I am sitting on a spring break getaway, not at Legoland in California like I had planned, but in a nice cabin in Branson, about 4 hours away from where I live. It’s been nice to be away from home, can’t complain about the place I’m staying in, but still missing a lot of the things we’d normally do while here in town. Anyway, I hope you’re doing okay wherever you are, and are safe and healthy, and looking forward to some good books as well!

From my ARC list for March 24th, 2020:

So the synopsis of this on Goodreads mentions that it was originally published in 2012, but I think it maybe is good to get it out and with some more attention? It sounds really good!

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

A princess with two futures. A destiny all her own

Between her cruel family and the contempt she faces at court, Princess Alyrra has always longed to escape the confines of her royal life. But when she’s betrothed to the powerful prince Kestrin, Alyrra embarks on a journey to his land with little hope for a better future.

When a mysterious and terrifying sorceress robs Alyrra of both her identity and her role as princess, Alyrra seizes the opportunity to start a new life for herself as a goose girl. 

But Alyrra soon finds that Kestrin is not what she expected. The more Alyrra learns of this new kingdom, the pain and suffering its people endure, as well as the danger facing Kestrin from the sorceress herself, the more she knows she can’t remain the goose girl forever.

With the fate of the kingdom at stake, Alyrra is caught between two worlds and ultimately must decide who she is, and what she stands for.

Includes The Bone Knife, a bonus short story set in the world of Thorn.

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

I reached out the publisher and was able to get an early copy of this and started reading today! Can’t wait to have lots of time to read! So far my spring break has been spent with family mostly, so not a lot of reading time.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Carey Douglas has worked for home remodeling and design gurus Melissa and Rusty Tripp for nearly a decade. A country girl at heart, Carey started in their first store at sixteen, and—more than anyone would suspect—has helped them build an empire. With a new show and a book about to launch, the Tripps are on the verge of superstardom. There’s only one problem: America’s favorite couple can’t stand each other.

James McCann, MIT graduate and engineering genius, was originally hired as a structural engineer, but the job isn’t all he thought it’d be. The last straw? Both he and Carey must go on book tour with the Tripps and keep the wheels from falling off the proverbial bus.

Unfortunately, neither of them is in any position to quit. Carey needs health insurance, and James has been promised the role of a lifetime if he can just keep the couple on track for a few more weeks. While road-tripping with the Tripps up the West Coast, Carey and James vow to work together to keep their bosses’ secrets hidden, and their own jobs secure. But if they stop playing along—and start playing for keeps—they may have the chance to build something beautiful together…

From the “hilariously zany and heartfelt” (Booklist) Christina Lauren comes a romantic comedy that proves if it’s broke, you might as well fix it.

From the New York Times bestselling author behind the “joyful, warm, touching” (Jasmine Guillory, New York Times bestselling author) The Unhoneymooners comes a delightfully charming love story about what happens when two assistants tasked with keeping a rocky relationship from explosion start to feel sparks of their own. 

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

I did not know this was a sequel/follow-up to an earlier novel. But it sounds really good! Plus that cover is awesome!

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

The Torres sisters dream of escape. Escape from their needy and despotic widowed father, and from their San Antonio neighborhood, full of old San Antonio families and all the traditions and expectations that go along with them. In the summer after her senior year of high school, Ana, the oldest sister, falls to her death from her bedroom window. A year later, her three younger sisters, Jessica, Iridian, and Rosa, are still consumed by grief and haunted by their sister’s memory. Their dream of leaving Southtown now seems out of reach. But then strange things start happening around the house: mysterious laughter, mysterious shadows, mysterious writing on the walls. The sisters begin to wonder if Ana really is haunting them, trying to send them a message—and what exactly she’s trying to say.

In a stunning follow-up to her National Book Award–longlisted novel All the Wind in the World, Samantha Mabry weaves an aching, magical novel that is one part family drama, one part ghost story, and one part love story.

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

Another fun sounding rom-com that I can’t wait to read!

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

If faking love is this easy… how do you know when it’s real? 

When her partner of over a decade suddenly ends things, Laurie is left reeling—not only because they work at the same law firm and she has to see him every day. Her once perfect life is in shambles and the thought of dating again in the age of Tinder is nothing short of horrifying. When news of her ex’s pregnant girlfriend hits the office grapevine, taking the humiliation lying down is not an option. Then a chance encounter in a broken-down elevator with the office playboy opens up a new possibility.

Jamie Carter doesn’t believe in love, but he needs a respectable, steady girlfriend to impress their bosses. Laurie wants a hot new man to give the rumor mill something else to talk about. It’s the perfect proposition: a fauxmance played out on social media, with strategically staged photographs and a specific end date in mind. With the plan hatched, Laurie and Jamie begin to flaunt their new couple status, to the astonishment—and jealousy—of their friends and colleagues. But there’s a fine line between pretending to be in love and actually falling for your charming, handsome fake boyfriend… 

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

I loved the first book, Sky Without Stars, so can’t wait to read this one. I am supposed to post a review of it in a week and a half, so will be getting to my e-galley of it probably this weekend.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Les Misérables meets The Lunar Chronicles in the out-of-this-world sequel to Sky Without Stars that’s an “explosion of emotion, intrigue, romance, and revolution” (Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Caraval series).

A thief.
An officer.
A guardian. 
All from different backgrounds, but sharing one same destiny…

The planet Laterre is in turmoil. A new militant revolutionary group has emerged calling themselves “The Red Scar” and claiming responsibility for a spate of recent bombings. The infamous rebels known as the Vangarde believe that in order to bring about a peaceful revolution, their charismatic leader, Citizen Rousseau must be freed from prison right away. Otherwise the bloodshed will only escalate.

Soon Marcellus, Chatine, and Alouette all find themselves pulled into battle with extreme consequences.

Marcellus is determined to uncover his corrupt grandfather’s plan to seize Laterre—even if that means joining the Vangarde.

Aloutte, trying to unearth the truth about her past, becomes a captive of Marcellus’s grandfather, the general.

Chatine, who is serving time on Bastille, hopes to escape the brutal and horrifying reality of the prison moon.

But the failed attempt to break Citizen Rousseau out of prison launches Aloutte, Chatine, and Marecellus into the middle of a dangerous war for control of Laterre. And in the midst of it all is the legend of a secret and dangerous weapon that could mean complete and absolute power to any that wields it.

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

First off, that cover is to die for! And then the synopsis sounds like a little bit different, not just a plain old contemporary story like you might think.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Violet Choudry may be part of the popular clique at school, but as one of a handful of brown girls in a small Illinois town, all she really wants to do is blend in. Unfortunately for her, she’s got a knack for seeing spirits. When the queen bee of the school ends up dead following a leaked sex tape, Violet’s friends from the spirit world decide it’s the perfect time for Violet to test her skills and finally accept the legacy of spiritual fighters from whom she’s descended. Her mission? Find the killer. Or else she’s next.

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

Another fun rom-com that is coming out. So many good ones!

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

A delightfully modern look at what happens for a young woman when tradition, dating, and independence collide, from acclaimed author Sonya Lalli.

Adulting shouldn’t be this hard. Especially in your thirties. Having been pressured by her tight-knit community to get married at a young age to her first serious boyfriend, Anu Desai is now on her own again and feels like she is starting from the beginning. 

But Anu doesn’t have time to start over. Telling her parents that she was separating from her husband was the hardest thing she’s ever done—and she’s still dealing with the fallout. She has her young daughter to support and when she invests all of her savings into running her own yoga studio, the feelings of irresponsibility send Anu reeling. She’ll be forced to look inside herself to learn what she truly wants.

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

Final Thoughts:

So, three adult romantic comedies mixed in with four YA titles this coming week. Are any of these on your TBR, or have you already read them? If so, which do you recommend? And hey, while you’re here, you should go try to win some of my ARCs from Cleaning Up My TBR Post HERE. The US only giveaway is open till Friday at midnight.

22 Responses to “Lisa’s Looking Forward To #54 – March 24th, 2020”

    • Lisa Mandina

      Same, no idea when I’ll get to most of them, but hope to someday! Thanks for visiting!

  1. Sam@wlabb

    I liked Honey-Don’t, though it leaned more women’s fiction than romance for me. It was funny, and I laughed a ton. Hopefully you enjoy it too

    • Lisa Mandina

      I just finished Honey-Don’t and I totally agree. Not as much romance as I’d hoped for, or expect from Christina Lauren books, although they seem to be more like that lately anyway. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Lisa Mandina

      It was nice, although the weather made it so we couldn’t even enjoy the wonderful deck the house had. Oh well. Back home and ready to hunker down! Thanks for visiting!

    • Lisa Mandina

      For the most part it was a nice trip, just not great weather, and staying inside with a two year old was not the most fun at times. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Lisa Mandina

      There are only a few I’ll be reviewing any time soon, but keep your eyes open!

  2. Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight

    Thorn looks really good (and the cover is fabulous!) I am kind of curious about Between Burning Worlds but I only liked book 1 so I am kind of waiting to read some other people’s thoughts before taking that plunge. I agree, the cover for Brown Girl Ghosted is fabulous! Hope the book is just as good!

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    • Lisa Mandina

      I really liked the first book for Between Burning Worlds, but am kind of feeling a bit hesitant about an over 600 page on my e-reader. It’s just so hard to read really big books digitally for me Oh well. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Lisa Mandina

      I haven’t read any of that author yet, but really want to! Thanks for stopping by!

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