Beauty and the Mustache (Knitting in the City, #4; Winston Brothers, #0.5) by Penny Reid

Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: Beauty and the Mustache
Author: Penny Reid
Series: Knitting in the City, #4; Winston Brothers, #0.5
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

There are three things you need to know about Ashley Winston: 1) She has six brothers and they all have beards, 2) She is a reader, and 3) She knows how to knit.

Former beauty queen, Ashley Winston’s preferred coping strategy is escapism. She escaped her Tennessee small town, loathsome father, and six brothers eight years ago. Now she escapes life daily via her Amazon kindle one-click addiction. However, when a family tragedy forces her to return home, Ashley can’t escape the notice of Drew Runous— local Game Warden, reclusive mountain man, bear wrestler, philosopher, and everyone’s favorite guy. Drew’s irksome philosophizing in particular makes Ashley want to run for the skyscrapers, especially since he can’t seem to keep his exasperating opinions— or his soulful poetry, steadfast support, and delightful hands— to himself. Pretty soon the girl who wanted nothing more than the escape of the big city finds she’s lost her heart in small town Tennessee.



This was my least favorite book in the Knitting in the City series so far, but I still really enjoyed this read.

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Favorite Reads from August 2018

Hello my friends! It’s been a welcome, albeit crazy, long weekend! My husband had a bunch of friends over for his birthday on Saturday, then Sunday my family came over for a BBQ.

Today is all about recovering and prepping for the week.

…And popping in really quick to tell you about my favorite reads this month!


Here are my favorites from the past month.

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Recently Added to My TBR (July 2018)

I’m just settling in from a Date Day with my youngest daughter, Violet (3yo). Her sister has been at my parents house for a couple days and my husband was gone for the day, so I took advantage of the opportunity to have some fun, just her and I.

We went bowling, played in the arcade, went out to lunch, got some FroYo, went to the library, then came home and promptly took a nap. I actually slept, too! Which is rare. Usually, I can’t turn my brain off and use the opportunity to get some stuff done, but I passed right out.

Anyway, this is a fairly new feature I’ve added to the blog last month where I show you all the books that I’ve added to my TBR! (As if the thing isn’t long enough.

Here are all the books I’ve added to my TBR this month

(In order from date added. Titles link to Goodreads.)

TBH I’m not sure why I added Dr. Strange Beard to my TBR when I haven’t even read the first book, but I’m sure I’ll love the series, so I’m not mad about it. After recently reading my first Tammara Webber and enjoying it, I decided to check out some of her other books and Between the Lines looked really good. I actually only recently realized, after reading Legendary, that the third book in the trilogy had a title! As for Toil and Trouble, I mean, the cover is freaking gorgeous and the topic is exciting!



I read the first part of Jake Undone at the end of Gemini, and it got me hooked enough to add it to my TBR (even though Penelope Ward books have either been complete misses for me or just OK).

Most of these books and some of the ones below were added to my TBR after reading this post by Book Twins Reviews!

I’m actually surprised that To Kill a Kingdom wasn’t already on my TBR!


After finally reading The Kiss Quotient, I added Helen Hoang’s other book! The last three are books that I found at my local library’s little used book store. They’re a Persephone retelling!

Have you read any of these books? What have you added to you TBR this month?




Love Hacked (Knitting in the City #3) by Penny Reid

Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Love Hacked: A Reluctant Romance
Author: Penny Reid
Series: Knitting in the City #3
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

There are three things you need to know about Sandra Fielding: 1) She makes all her first dates cry, 2) She hasn’t been kissed in over two years, and 3) She knows how to knit.

Sandra has difficulty removing her psychotherapist hat. Of her last 30 dates, 29 have ended the same way: the man sobbing uncontrollably. After one such disaster, Sandra–near desperation and maybe a little tipsy–gives in to a seemingly harmless encounter with her hot waiter, Alex. Argumentative, secretive, and hostile Alex may be the opposite of everything Sandra knows is right for her. But now, the girl who has spent all her life helping others change for the better, must find a way to cope with falling for someone who refuses to change at all.



After reading King of Code by CD Reiss, I wasn’t sure anyone else could pull off what I’ve deemed as Hot Hackers like she could, but Penny certainly did!

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Coming Soon: Mini-Reviews {July 2018}

It’s Sunday and I’m currently listening to late 90’s/Early 2000’s music and avoiding chores, how about you?

As you may or may not know, I pretty much write and post reviews for every book I read. This means that, unless it is a new release, the full reviews I post are of books that I read several weeks prior.

I try to write full reviews right after I read a book, but they won’t get posted for several weeks.

After seeing a few other blogs post spoiler-free mini-reviews (which I love), I decided to give it a try once a month as a little preview for what is to come.


Here are the reviews that are coming up over the next few weeks + their mini-reviews!


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Favorite Reads from June 2018

Guys… I’m on vacation this week and it’s a glorious thing.

Is there anything better than a Sunday before the week of your vacation?

I’m not really doing anything exciting aside from staying at home with the kiddos (it’s supposed to rain all week, so beach trips will be limited), but that’s just fine with me.

Anyway, this month was a bit of a drag for me, however I still read some great books.

Here are all of my favorites.

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Recently Added to My TBR (June 2018)

Hello book-loving friends!

It’s been a slow book month for me, however, that hasn’t stopped me from adding books to my TBR, of course.

I seriously have a problem – LOL!

Thank goodness for Goodreads, because that is 100% how I track all of my books. My only wish is that they had a “notes” section when you look at the list of all the books on your shelves.

Oh, well! Anyway, let’s see what books I added to my TBR this month!

Here are all the books I’ve added to my TBR this month

(In order from date added. Titles link to Goodreads.)

Normally I don’t add books to my TBR that are in the middle of a series like Tempted by a Seal, but this was a book I found at my local library bookstore.

Can you tell I’d just finished a Knitting in the City book and wanted to make sure I had the rest of the books on my TBR? LOL!

I’m pretty sure all of these books were added because of awesome reviewers!

I couldn’t resist Cock Tales given the whole #cockygate thing!

What have you added to your TBR this month?”




Reading List: June 2018


The official first day of summer isn’t until later in the month, but it sure feels like summer around here. After almost three weeks of rain every single day, the sun has finally broken through and I couldn’t be happier.

Typically, when it starts getting this hot around here, I start complaining about how suffocating it is, but after dealing with the extremely unusual wet weather for so long, I’m so grateful for the sun. Even if it melts me as soon as I walk outside.

It’s kind of like when you take for granted how amazing it is to be healthy until you get sick.

Anyway, it’s the beginning of June and that means it’s time for a new reading list…

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