Freda's Voice

A Canadian Lifestyle blogger who is a bookworm and poet.

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

— feeling love
The Geography of You and Me - Jennifer E. Smith
This has been on my TBR for a really long time. I'm in the mood for a rom com, so here we go!
It made me so happy in the end!
There were a couple of slight things about the story that bothered me, like how long it took for them to get together again. Geez. All-in-all it was a great romance. They characters were interesting and had great chemistry. I was glad to see the other two go, like bye. It was only ever about Lucy and Owen.
What a cute way to have a romance bud. I have to admit, the beginning was kind of scary with the pandemic stuff we're going through. When the lights went out all over the US and Canada, I was like, oh no, it's the apocolypse! It wasn't, but still. Way to get a chick going!
YA fans are gonna love this one if they haven't read it already. Now I need to read her other two books!
 
 
Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2021/01/the-geography-of-you-and-me-by-jennifer.html

Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

— feeling booklikes
Shadow of Night - Deborah Harkness
Season two of the tv show started and I knew I had to read Shadow of Night before watching it.
This book is better than the first. The first now feels more like an introduction to me. This one was exciting from beginning to end, and it literally picks up where the first story leaves off.
We learn so much more about Diana. We see what a beautiful relationship her and Matthew have, and how tightly woven their bond really is. You also get a glimpse of things you didn't see coming.
I have to admit, I wonder if the conclusion can keep the momentum going? Oh, I am excited to learn!
I'm not much of a historical fan but this is one series that I can't get enough of!
 
Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2021/01/shadow-of-night-by-deborah-harkness-3.html

FREEBIE ALERT: WHEN THE STARS ALIGN (WEST SIDE #1) BY ISABEL JOLIE

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Back in the day, I wanted her to be my everything. Now, A relationship isn't in the cards. She threw that chance away. But that doesn't mean we can't have fun...right?



Anna
I learned the hard way that when people show you who they are, you should pay attention. So when Jackson suggested I sacrifice my career goals in support of his, I really paid attention. It hurt to leave him behind, but my future was wide open. College romances never last, right? But that was years ago. I was sure I’d never see him again. Sure I’d never fall prey to his charms—or skills—ever again.
I was wrong …

Jackson
Anna was my everything. But since all it took was one stupid fight to send her running, clearly she didn’t feel the same. That’s all ancient history, though. I’m on the fast track to partner, a different man now. College was a lifetime ago. Still, nothing could’ve prepared me for seeing her again. Doesn't matter. Been there, done that. It's a different world now.
This time around, we'll do things my way.

FREEBIE ALERT: CODE OF SILENCE BY SHANTEL TESSIER

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Dangerous and feared. 

 

Those words describe my future husband. Who just so happens to also be my ex-boyfriend. 

 

It’s complicated. Two years ago, he broke my heart when he left me to do his father’s bidding. After months of crying, I finally accepted he was gone and wasn’t going to look back. That maybe he’d never loved me at all. I never wanted to see Luca again. 

 

Now a cruel twist of fate has signed me over to him in a heartless deal. I’m his. He thinks he did me a favor, but I feel like I’ve been given a death sentence. He doesn't want to get married because he still loves me. No, he did it for money. More power. 

 

I’m going to be a mafia wife. And there’s only one way out of it. Death. 

 

But as it turns out, someone else doesn’t want me to marry the ruthless Luca Bianchi. And if he has his way, I’ll see that early grave.

 

Due to mature content and themes this book is recommended for readers aged eighteen and over. Code of Silence is an arranged marriage and a complete standalone. This novel may contain triggers.

FREEBIE ALERT: IRRESISTIBLE (CLOVERLEIGH FARMS) BY MELANIE HARLOW

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I’m a full-time single dad to three daughters and CFO at Cloverleigh Farms. I don’t have time to fall in love—I’m too busy trying to run a business, keep the red socks out of the white laundry, and get the damn pillowcases on without owing a dollar to the swear jar.

Sure, Frannie Sawyer is beautiful and sweet, but she’s twenty-seven, the boss’s daughter, and my new part-time nanny—which means she’s completely off-limits. It’s bad enough I can’t stop fantasizing about her, what kind of jerk would I be if I acted on the impulse to kiss her?

(Exactly the kind of jerk you’re thinking.)

Actually, I’m worse than that—because I didn’t stop with a kiss, and now I can’t stay away.  She makes me feel like myself again. She reminds me what it’s like to want something just for me. She’s everything I ever needed, but nothing I ever imagined.

I’m a former Marine. I should have had the strength to resist her from the start.

But I didn’t. And now I have to choose between the life I want and the life she deserves.

Even if it means giving her up.

FREEBIE ALERT: FREE ME BY GRAHAME CLAIRE

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It started with a parking ticket . . .

Who knew helping her out of that one little slip of paper would turn my world upside down?

I don't do commitment.

Yet I can't seem to stay away from her.

And that's a problem.

Because when there's feelings involved, somebody always gets hurt.

She's hiding something. I know it.

But when the truth comes out, will it set us free?

Or will it send everything up in flames?

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

— feeling beaten
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
I read this when I was much younger. Too young too understand the book, even the language. I'm reading it now to see how I feel about it all these years later.
Right away the language put me off. Hard to read the n word, let alone fathom it being used so much. I understand it was part of that time, but in todays time it's ignorant.
This book isn't about the language though. It's the teachings. A white boy and black man. They're friends, despite what else is happening in that time. They watch out for each other. They have each others backs. Their bond is undeniable.
The sad truth is in the 1800's this was life. People were racist. They had hate filled hearts. Frankly, we are no different today. If ever we needed a lesson on racism, that happened in 2020. 
This book shouldn't be #14 on the banned list. This and every other 'banned' book SHOULD be read. If we don't read them, however foul they may be to digest at times, how will we ever learn? We, for sure, are not going to learn from each other. History is doomed to keep repeating itself.
Every body loved Tom Sawyer. This one is better though. Read it.
 
 
Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2021/01/adventures-of-huckleberry-finn-by-mark.html

FREEBIE ALERT: TILL I FOUND YOU BY MICHELLE FERNANDEZ

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✔️Damaged

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~BLURB~
Julian “Booker” Cruz, former Navy SEAL, joined an elite security ops agency with one goal in mind: to forget his past. With the overload of work, there’s no time for romance, nor does he want it. His rule—don’t mix business with pleasure. Until one assignment puts that rule to the test. Chloe Channing is not to discover his undercover role as her protective detail from an unknown psychopath. But as their days pass together in tropical paradise, it becomes difficult to keep his desire from compromising everything. Including her safety.

All Chloe wants is to remember, but so much of her memory was lost after her assailant left her unconscious. On a summer trip with friends at her family’s estate in the Bahamas, she yearns for the quiet respite from a previous heartbreak and her tortured nightmares. She never expects a man like Julian to help her find emotional peace and physical healing. But as she falls deeper, her flashbacks slowly come together, and they include glimpses of one handsome, mysterious, yet all-too-familiar face: Julian’s.

Is Chloe’s mind playing tricks on her again… or has she met this man before?

Even if Julian could let go and risk it all, could he ever forgive himself enough to fall in love again?

This woman...there was something about her that tempted his will, his control. “Do you need to be rescued?”

 


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FREEBIE ALERT: NEANDERTHAL SEEKS HUMAN BY PENNY REID

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Janie has no idea Quinn is her boss . . .

There are three things you need to know about Janie Morris: 1) She is incapable of engaging in a conversation without volunteering TMTI (Too Much Trivial Information), especially when she is unnerved, 2) No one unnerves her more than Quinn Sullivan, and 3) She doesn’t know how to knit.

After losing her boyfriend, apartment, and job in the same day, Janie Morris can’t help wondering what new torment fate has in store. To her utter mortification, Quinn Sullivan- aka Sir McHotpants- witnesses it all then keeps turning up like a pair of shoes you lust after but can’t afford. The last thing she expects is for Quinn- the focus of her slightly, albeit harmless, stalkerish tendencies- to make her an offer she can’t refuse.

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Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

— feeling love
Dash & Lily's Book of Dares - Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
I had to read this since I saw the series on Netflix.
I'm so glad that I did too! Literary lovers will get a kick out of this rom com that takes place in the famous Strand book store in NYC. 
*Fun Fact* The Strand is on my bucket list!
I was so glad that LIly and Dash had this great adventure. It almost went sour, as adventures sometimes turn, but in the end we got what we wanted and then some.
Now I plan on binging the show with the hubby. I wanna see how the show stacks up to this brilliant read!
I definitely will read more from these two authors. They have a great writing style that blends well and leaves you wanting more!
 
 
Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2021/01/dash-lilys-book-of-dares-by-rachel-cohn.html

FREEBIE ALERT: MURDER NOTES (LILAH LOVE) BY LISA RENEE JONES

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As an FBI profiler, it’s Lilah Love’s job to think like a killer. And she is very good at her job. When a series of murders surface—the victims all stripped naked and shot in the head—Lilah’s instincts tell her it’s the work of an assassin, not a serial killer. But when the case takes her back to her hometown in the Hamptons and a mysterious but unmistakable connection to her own life, all her assumptions are shaken to the core.

Thrust into a troubled past she’s tried to shut the door on, Lilah’s back in the town where her father is mayor, her brother is police chief, and she has an intimate history with the local crime lord’s son, Kane Mendez. The two share a devastating secret, and only Kane understands Lilah’s own darkest impulses. As more corpses surface, so does a series of anonymous notes to Lilah, threatening to expose her. Is the killer someone in her own circle? And is she the next target?

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Christmas At Harrington's by Melody Carlson

— feeling big smile
Christmas at Harrington's - Melody Carlson
From the start, I knew this was going to be a wonderful holiday read! It was exactly what I need right now too!
A story about starting over and second chances with a holiday twist. It had every element I was looking for in a holiday read to cheer my spirit and get me in the mood. Though there was a couple of sadder elements, they are also what helped to make this story so special.
I love these characters and really hope to read more about them.
 
Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2020/12/christmas-at-harringtons-by-melody.html

One Of Us Is Next by Karen McManus

— feeling booklikes
One of Us Is Next - Karen  M. McManus
So this was good, but not as good as I hoped it would be.
This story has us reading about the same kids. This time there is a new game to be played, though no one wants to play. Revenge is the name of the game. 
I did like the twists and that I did not have a clue who was the mastermind working with the guy hosting the game. When all was revealed, I was shocked and amazed! Then a side twist made it even more shocking!
Still, the first half of the story was a little boring. I felt like it took a minute to gain momentum. And the very end felt like it sped up really fast just to get the story over with. Maybe it's me, but consitency is key.
I don't know that I would read another if this series had a book 3. It's kind of done over now. Y'know what I mean?!
 
 
 
Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2020/12/one-of-us-is-next-by-karen-mcmanus-65.html

Swing by Kwame Alexander

— feeling booklikes
Swing - Kwame Alexander, Mary Rand Hess
Again the narrator is the author. If you read my review for Solo, you will know my feelings on this already. I have to say though, I felt like there was better separation and pauses in his narration, so it didn't meld together as much as the first book I listened to. So that was good, at least for me.
In this story we follow Noah, (Swing), around. We follow him all over the place too. Seriously, this story was everywhere and nowhere at once. Just when I would get pulled into whatever was happening around Noah, it would then flip to something else. I was mildly frustrated.
I really hoped for music in this one like Solo had. This story wasn't about a musician though so it would be weird to have a song in the middle of the story. Instead, the author added music at the end of the parts. It was a pleasant surprise and had me bouncing, chair-dancing along. It also fit with the story, but I won't tell you how.
I appreciated the part sparking on why #BlackLivesMatter 
We need to understand what happens, and reading about it is a perfect to get through to someone like me. I hear you, and I stand with you.
I look forward to more from the author. I think I will steer away from audio though and go back to the printed word.
 
 
Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2020/12/swing-by-kwame-alexander-64.html

Solo by Kwame Alexander

— feeling big smile
Solo - Mary Rand Hess, Kwame Alexander
I listened to the audiobook version. I liked the story but didn't care for the author being the narrator. I felt like his voice was pleasant, but often I felt like his voice all blended together while he was narrating. So he would say a chapter title and go right into the story, but I wouldn't have known it was the title without looking. I was like, 'why is he saying a random word', then I realized he was saying the title. It just all mashed together.
That's the thing with audiobooks, and also why I don't listen to them more. Narrating is such an important part. Between keeping the reader, or listener, engaged, to having tones that split the story and keep the confusion to a minimum, it is a hard thing to do. 
Let's focus on the story now. 
A coming of age story of sorts. This guy, Blade, is a musician and he finds out he is adopted. It is a balancing act of what he knows and what he doesn't. The author does a great job of keeping you glued to the story. You want to know what happens.
My favorite part is the songs that are sung. So this is where I appreciate the audiobook more than print. If I read the print book, I wouldn't have heard the great songs that were in the story. I was surprised, since I've never come across such an interactive audiobook. It was delightful and added to the story immensely.
I have the next book, Swing, on audiobook as well. I so look forward to listening to it. I just hope it has songs on it too!
 
 
Source: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2020/12/solo-by-kwame-alexander-63.html

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✓ Fake Relationship
✓ Friends-to-lovers
✓ Small town romance

When Anna Meyers purchases the home that her late mother grew up in, she’s determined to prove her independence to herself and to her well-meaning father and brother. She’s been lovingly sheltered and protected for all of her 26 years but now she just wants to live her life- on her own terms.

Sam Gardner hadn’t given much thought to who would move next door to his small Angel’s Lake bungalow. Once his neighbor arrived however, he could think of nothing and no one else. When Anna makes it clear that she’s not interested in having a man around, he invents a girlfriend to put her at ease.

Thinking that Sam has a girlfriend makes it easier for Anna to be herself and open the door to friendship. He frustrates her, makes her laugh, and challenges her but he never tries to step on her independence. The more time they spend together, the more she realizes that whoever has Sam’s heart is a lucky girl.

The only girl that has Sam’s heart is Anna but there’s no way he can tell her this when he started this friendship on a lie. Things take a turn for the worse when Anna mistakes a nightmare client as Sam’s fiancée.

Anna came to Minnesota to fight for her independence but she ends up fighting for much more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wounded former U.S. Marine Scott Green would rather be alone than face anyone’s pity. After losing his leg in a tragic attack on his last deployment, all Scott wants is to make it through each day.

Until he meets Faith Thompson.

Faith wasn’t looking for happily-ever-after, especially not with a surly Marine who turns her down after a kiss under the mistletoe. She definitely didn’t want to see him again when they’re forced to spend the holidays together a year later.

But Scott’s a changed man and there’s no way he’s letting her get away a second time.