Lisa’s Looking Forward To #117 – July 27th, 2021

Posted July 21, 2021 by Lisa Mandina in LLFT / 18 Comments

Lisa’s Looking Forward To #117 – July 27th, 2021

Once again I’ll be joining up with the Can’t Wait Wednesday posts hosted by Wishful Endings.

A few more than last week.

This one sounds like it could be good, although I don’t necessarily see high reviews, it was a Wattpad book, so it must have been popular over there to get them to publish it.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Swallow doesn’t hold back. If you like gore, monsters, and stories about revenge on bullies, this is for you!

After years of torment, Mildred, a meek high school student, is determined to seek revenge against her bullying classmates. She intends to curse them with them dark magic, punishing them for their cruelty – but in the process Mildred accidentally opens herself up to a terrifying demonic possession.

And the demon inside her is seemingly only too happy to fulfill Mildred’s vengeful desires. Bodies start turning up with parts missing, eaten as though mauled by a wild animal…or perhaps something darker. Powerless, Mildred realises she is doing horrible things – and that the murders are changing her in more ways than one.

But is new-found beauty and popularity really worth her soul…?

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

Sounds like a cute romance.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Brinkley Saunders has a secret.

To everyone in the academic world she left behind, she lost it all when she dropped out of grad school. Once a rising star following in her mother’s footsteps, she’s now an administrative assistant at an insurance agency—or so they think.

In reality, Brinkley works at Heartbreak for Hire, a secret service that specializes in revenge for jilted lovers, frenemies, and long-suffering coworkers with a little cash to spare and a man who needs to be taken down a notch. It might not be as prestigious as academia, but it helps Brinkley save for her dream of opening an art gallery and lets her exorcise a few demons, all while helping to empower women.

But when her boss announces she’s hiring male heartbreakers for the first time, Brinkley’s no longer so sure she’s doing the right thing—especially when her new coworker turns out to be a target she was paid to take down. Though Mark spends his days struggling up the academic ladder, he seems to be the opposite of a backstabbing adjunct: a nerd at heart in criminally sexy sweater vests who’s attentive both in and out of the bedroom. But as Brinkley finds it increasingly more difficult to focus on anything but Mark, she soon realizes that like herself, people aren’t always who they appear to be.

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

Okay, the cover on this. You might not be able to see on my condensed version here, but if you go to Goodreads and enlarge the Hardback cover, wow! It is beautiful! It sounds like it could be a good read, mysterious, as well.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Ellerie Downing lives in the quiet town of Amity Falls in the Blackspire Mountain range–five narrow peaks stretching into the sky like a grasping hand, bordered by a nearly impenetrable forest from which the early townsfolk fought off the devils in the woods. To this day, visitors are few and rare. But when a supply party goes missing, some worry that the monsters that once stalked the region have returned.

As fall turns to winter, more strange activities plague the town. They point to a tribe of devilish and mystical creatures who promise to fulfill the residents’ deepest desires, however grand and impossible, for just a small favor. But their true intentions are much more sinister, and Ellerie finds herself in a race against time before all of Amity Falls, her family, and the boy she loves go up in flames.

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

This sounds like a very unique historical fiction about a time we don’t get a lot of stories about.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Drew is an army brat, a hotshot athlete poised to be his high school’s star pitcher, when he has to move for the sixth time in fifteen years—this time to West Berlin, where American soldiers like his dad hold an outpost of democracy against communist Russia in Hitler’s former capital. Meanwhile, in East Berlin, his cousin Matthias has grown up in the wreckage left by Allied bombing during World War II, on streets ruled by the Communist Party’s secret police.

From the opposing sides of the Cold War, Drew and Matthias begin to overcome the many ideological walls between them to become wary friends. They argue over the space race, capitalism, socialism, and even the American civil rights movement, and bond over rock ’n’ roll—music outlawed in Matthias’s part of the city. If Matthias is caught by the Stasi’s neighborhood spies with the records or books Drew has given him, he will be sent to a work camp for “re-education.” At the same time, Drew’s friendship with the East Berlin Jugend—who ardently spout communist dogma—raises suspicions about his family’s loyalty to America. As the political situation around them gets all the more dire, Drew and Matthias’s loyalty—to their sector, their countries, their families, and each other—will be tested in ways that will change their lives forever.

Set in the tumultuous year leading up to the surprise overnight raising of the Berlin Wall in August 1961, and punctuated with real-life photographs, headlines, and personalities of the time, Walls brings to vivid life the heroic and tragic choices of the Cold War.

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

Another cute sounding romance! And I love this cover too.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

When you swear off men for the foreseeable future, that means no dating. Hookups don’t count, right? 

Harper Ryland has been on a self-imposed man ban for the last twelve months, after a particularly horrible breakup. Instead, she’s focusing on the one thing she can control: her career as an up-and-coming food stylist. Harper’s latest gig is her best friend’s wedding, and she receives glowing praise throughout the night. When the Best Man, Manny Gomes, belittles her hard work, she wants to stab him with skewers from the buffet table, but she can think of something much better: to lead him on the entire wedding and then humiliate him in sweet revenge.

When the handsome Anglo-Indian doctor shows up in New Zealand a week later, while Harper’s on her first international job, it’s the last thing she needs. Everything about him rubs her the wrong way, but when suave Manny steps in to help after an unfortunate disaster, his chivalry gets under her skin a little, and Harper discovers lifting her ban while overseas is exactly what the doctor ordered.

Manny isn’t looking for anything but fun either–especially not marriage, like his grandmother Izzy keeps pushing on him. But there’s something about Harper that makes him want more, even though she keeps her distance, and they’re about to discover how far he’s willing to go to be with her. . . .

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

Another great sounding historical fiction story. The authors it is compared to make me very interested in reading it.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

For fans of Ruta Septys and Monica Hesse comes a lush historical mystery set in post-World War II America against the flashy backdrop of Hollywood’s film studios about a shocking murder that threatens to unearth the ghosts of a young German immigrant’s past.

Hollywood, 1946. The war is over, and eighteen-year-old Clara Berg spends her days shelving reels as a vault girl at Silver Pacific Studios, with all her dreams pinned on getting a break in film editing. That and a real date with handsome yet unpredictable screenwriter Gil. But when she returns a reel of film to storage one night, Clara stumbles across the lifeless body of a woman in Vault 5. The costume, the makeup, the ash-blond hair are unmistakable–it has to be Babe Bannon, A-list star. And it looks like murder.

Suddenly Clara’s world is in free-fall, her future in movies upended–not to mention that her refugee parents are planning to return to Germany and don’t want her to set foot on the studio lot again. As the Silver Blonde murder ignites Tinseltown, rumors and accusations swirl. The studio wants a quick solve, but the facts of the case keep shifting. Nothing is what it seems–not even the victim.

Clara finds herself drawn, inevitably, to the murder investigation, and the dark side of Hollywood. But how far is she willing to go to find the truth? 

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

Another romance that sounds like a lot of fun! And makes me think of my own life!

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Don’t drink and text.

Even on the cusp of forty, I had to learn that the hard way. After discovering my best friend, who I was supposed to grow old and single with, got engaged, I drowned my loneliness in one too many Old Fashioneds and woke up with thirty-nine responses from every available man in my phone. Yup, I even texted my plumber…and he turned me down.

Apparently, my liquor-infused text said that while I don’t need a man, maybe I’d be down for a constant sidekick for movies, plus-one invites, and dinner on the table after my grueling shifts as a concierge doctor—till death do us part…and was anyone in?

Through the absolute mortification of thirty-seven rejections, shockingly, I realize two men have said yes. Behind Bachelor Door #1 is Rob, my old high school crush: the comfortable, dependable boy-next-door. Behind Bachelor Door #2 is Darius, the exciting, flashy news reporter about to hit it big. Does this mean I’ll have to get out of my yoga pants and actually go on dates now? 

Dax, the local bartender who got me into this disaster in the first place—remember the Old Fashioneds?—can’t believe I’ve given up on finding true love. What does a tattooed, broody twentysomething know about carving out a future for yourself, anyway?

Too bad the further into this hot mess I get, the less I know about who I am. And I’m going to have to figure out exactly what I need if I ever want to find a true happily ever after.

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

Final Thoughts:

Seven this week, almost twice the number from last week. Have you read any of these yet? What new books are you eagerly awaiting this week?

And while you’re here, make sure to go enter into my monthly giveaway HERE.

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18 responses to “Lisa’s Looking Forward To #117 – July 27th, 2021

  1. I finished Hartl’s book the other day. It was good. Quite fun, and I enjoyed the couple. I also want to read Marsh’s and Hammerle’s books.

    • Lisa Mandina

      Ugh, no the part about being the only single friend while all my friends get married and have kids and here I am at my age still alone. lol Thanks for visiting!

    • Lisa Mandina

      Same, I like the cover. I think I’ve read one or two. The Anna Todd series After came from Wattpad, so that is one for sure. thanks for stopping by!

    • Lisa Mandina

      I go in stages with historical fiction, and I’m pretty picky about what time periods I guess too. Although I do like to read ones I haven’t read about when I can! Thanks for stopping by!

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