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I shared my Fall TBR List back in September and now that winter is beginning soon let’s see what books I read this fall season and what I thought of each one! Here are my Fall TBR Reviews.
Twisted Series by Ana Huang
A four-book series in the order of – Twisted Love (Twisted, #1), Twisted Games (Twisted, #2), Twisted Hate (Twisted, #3), and Twisted Lies (Twisted, #4). These books can be read in order or they can be read as standalone books.
Read my full review of the series here!
November 9 by Colleen Hoover
This book is the ultimate synopsis of everything happens for a reason.
The Goodreads Description:
Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist. Can Ben’s relationship with Fallon—and simultaneously his novel—be considered a love story if it ends in heartbreak?
Ben and Fallon’s story is not your average love story. Fallon used to be a famous child actress till a horrible accident leaves her with third-degree burns on over half of her body. Ben is your average guy with a dream to become a writer. It just so happens that Fallon is an avid reader. They meet on November 9 each year for five years. Through these five years, Ben writes their love story from the beginning but what Fallon doesn’t know is their story starts way before they actually met in person.
Seven Dirty Secrets by Natalie D. Richards
Seven Dirty Secrets is the ultimate mysterious scavenger hunt to follow. Cleo and Hope are the perfect modern Holmes and Watson duo. But they soon find that this mystery involves everyone that was on the horrible trip one year ago. The big secret is what really happened to Cryus on that trip, the trip that he wasn’t even invited on. But there were only 7 people on that trip and only one person should know what really happened, that’s Cleo. Was someone else watching them, or did one of her friends see and want revenge? Find out who holds which secret out of all 7.
The Goodreads Description:
I know seven secrets:
One caused the fall. One did nothing. One saw it all.
One didn’t care. One used their head. One played the hero.
One was left for dead.
On her eighteenth birthday, Cleo receives a mysterious invitation to a scavenger hunt. She’s sure her best friend Hope or her brother Connor is behind it, but no one confesses. And as Cleo and Hope embark on the hunt, the seemingly random locations and clues begin to feel familiar. In fact, all of the clues seem to be about Cleo’s dead boyfriend, Cyrus, who drowned on a group rafting trip exactly a year ago.
A bracelet she bought him. A song he loved. A photo of the rafting group, taken just before Cyrus drowned. And then the phone calls start, Cyrus’s voice taunting Cleo with a cryptic question: You ready? As the clock on the scavenger hunt ticks down, it becomes clear that someone knows what really happened to Cyrus. And that person will stop at nothing to make sure Cleo and her friends pay. Can they solve the hunt before someone else winds up dead?
Zodiac Academy The Awakening by Caroline Peckham & Susanne Valenti
Imagine waking up on your birthday to find out you are the long-lost royalty twins of another world. That’s exactly what happens to Tory and Darcy in the first book of the series. All that Tory and Darcy know is their parents died and they have been tossed from foster home to foster home since. Their world gets turned upside. They are a part of the Fae. The Fae is a society that is selfish and held by its power. Darcy and Tory are the heirs to the Fae crown, but first, they must survive the Zodiac Academy. A school for the Fae where elemental magic, astrology, orders, and houses define your destiny.
The Goodreads Description:
You have been selected to attend Zodiac Academy, where your star sign defines your destiny.
If you’re one of the Fae, elemental magic is in your blood. And apparently, it’s in ours. As twins born in the month of Gemini, we’re a rare breed even in this academy of supernatural a-holes.
Changelings have outlawed hundreds of years ago but I guess our birth parents didn’t get the memo. Which means we’re totally unprepared for the ruthless world of Fae. Air. Fire. Water. Earth. No one has ever harnessed all four of them until we arrived. And it hasn’t made us any friends so far. As the rarest Elementals are ever known, we’re already a threat to the four celestial heirs; the popular, vindictive bullies who happen to be some of the hottest guys we’ve ever seen. It doesn’t help that they’re the most dangerous beasts in the Academy. And probably on earth too.
Our fates are intertwined, but they want us gone. They’ve only got until the lunar eclipse to force us out and they’ll stop at nothing to succeed. We never knew we had a birthright to live up to but now that we do, we intend to claim our throne. We can’t expect any help from the faculty when it comes to defending ourselves. So if the dragon shifters want some target practice, the werewolves want someone to hunt or the vampires fancy a snack then we have to be ready. But we’ve been looking after each other for a long time and fighting back is in our blood. Today’s horoscope: totally screwed.
I absolutely love anything that has to do with mythical creatures such as werewolves, vampires, witches, and all the above. This book was right up my alley. I enjoyed reading the book so much that I finished it within a couple of days. The protagonist Tory and Darcy might be twins but they are completely different. Tory is the outgoing, bad girl and Darcy is the shy introverted girl. The antagonists the four heirs Caleb, Seth, Max, and Darius will be anything to get the girls to drop out and lose their birthright to the throne of the Fae. The heirs use their elemental powers, order, and the girl’s fear throughout the book. They will do anything to get them to leave even murder.
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
I read this book to see if it lived up to all the hype surrounding it and the new tv series. I personally was disappointed. There were so many characters and backstories to keep up with that I got them all intertwined. Maybe sticking with just Frances’s story would have been better. The plot was very slow up until the last 20% of the book. That being said the ending felt rushed because everything was thrown into the last 20% of the book. Overall this book made you think hard to keep up with everyone and then piece the pieces together at the end. I am happy that Frances’s found her happy ending! That was the best part of the whole book.
The Goodreads Description:
Could ten days at a health resort really change you forever?
These nine perfect strangers are about to find out…
Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, and some are here for reasons they can’t even admit to themselves. Amidst all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these ten days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next ten days are going to be.
Frances Welty, the formerly best-selling romantic novelist, arrives at Tranquillum House nursing a bad back, a broken heart, and an exquisitely painful paper cut. She’s immediately intrigued by her fellow guests. Most of them don’t look to be in need of a health resort at all. But the person that intrigues her most is the strange and charismatic owner/director of Tranquillum House. Could this person really have the answers Frances didn’t even know she was seeking? Should Frances put aside her doubts and immerse herself in everything Tranquillum House has to offer—or should she run while she still can?
It’s not long before every guest at Tranquillum House is asking exactly the same question.
Unbroken by Dallas Ryan
Don’t let the cover of the book make you turn away from this contemporary romance. The story of Zane and Maggie touches on so many real-life romance topics while adding twists and turns along the way. The author Dallas Ryan turned this contemporary romance with long distance, opposites attract, and crazy exes theme into a masterpiece.
The Goodreads Description:
Café owner Maggie Wade has a magic touch—when it comes to her business and caring for her friends. Her own love life? That’s where she falters, thanks to an incident long ago that shattered her self-image. Then Dr. Zane Savage comes to town. The handsome Dallas neurologist can’t seem to take his warm, whiskey eyes off her. Their attraction sizzles, but Maggie’s been burned before. Ever since she’s kept her heart away from all sources of heat.
Zane existed on a steady diet of Barbie-doll types. Plastic. Temporary. Disposable. Until he meets Maggie. One taste of her sweet smile, sparkling brown eyes, and warm personality, and he’s a goner. So what if he’s been a player in the past? Maggie makes him want to be a better man. Despite the distance between them, their relationship takes flight, and Maggie’s new-found confidence soars. But when a piece of trash from Zane’s past blows back into his life—and refuses to be shaken off—the strain puts more than Maggie’s trust at risk. It puts her life in danger.
Unbroken is book 2 in the Gladewater series but can be read as a standalone.
I read this book as a stand-alone but I will definitely be reading the first and third books. Thanks to Romance Me with Books for the recommendation to give this new author and series a chance. You don’t see very many romance novels with the theme of long distance. Maggie is a very relatable character for females, which is a refreshing change being it is a romance novel. I personally believe this is the first romance novel that I have read that is not too far off from normal life. There is a bit of spice in this novel so be fair warned, not for anyone under the age of sixteen. The book series is available on Kendle Unlimited for free! Get your copy downloaded today!
Collide by Dallas Ryan
Collide is book one in the Gladewater series by Dallas Ryan. I may have read them a bit out of order. They most definitely can be read as stand-alone though and still the storyline will make sense. This contemporary romance is the definition of a southern belle and her cowboy love story.
The Goodreads Description:
Years ago, his secrets forced him to break her heart. Can love put it back together?
ICU nurse Dani Davis has it all: a coveted job, a great condo, and a surgeon boyfriend—though admittedly, things are a little shaky with the boyfriend. None of that matters when the beloved aunt who raised her falls ill. Dani races straight home to small-town Gladewater, Texas.
She almost doesn’t recognize her first love, Levi Cooper. He’s grown up and filled out in all kinds of mouthwatering ways, but one thing hasn’t changed – The painful mystery of why he left her heart in a million tiny pieces. Levi never planned on setting foot back in Gladewater. The family farm is getting to be too much for his aging mother, though, so he reluctantly leaves his corner-office career to take the reins. The farm comes with a thousand problems, and twice as many memories—all of them bad-except for his memories of Dani, the first love he cut loose for her own good. But when he catches sight of her red curls and flashing green eyes, he can’t help but wonder if there’s any chance to rebuild her trust—and recapture the love that never died.
I loved Levi from the very beginning of the book. He is raised by an abusive drunk father and a loving mother, that takes most of her husband’s brunt. Living in a small town like Gladewater the law won’t do anything to help them be rid of him, since he is a high school buddy with the Sherrif. Then walks in Dani, the light of Levi’s life. She is his escape from the rough life he lives at home. But one day things change drastically. Levi leaves Dani without any explanation and Dani is left with a broken heart. Through the story, the two characters grow and see how much the old saying you will never forget your first love remains true.
Through the book, you also see the foreshadowing of the later books in the series. Following the different couples in their own love story. There is a little spice to this book but not as much as Unbroken. If you love sappy romance novels this book is for you! It’s a quick read but still keeps you engrossed in what secret Levi is keeping from Dani all these years. You will have to read the book to find out.
Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen McManus
Karen McManus is the queen of mysteries and thrillers! She does it again with the book Two Can Keep a Secret. Everyone has a secret in Echo Ridge and Ellery is going to peel all of them away one at a time or many all at once.
Echo Ridge is a small-town America. Ellery’s never been there, but she’s heard all about it. Her aunt went missing there at age seventeen. And only five years ago, a homecoming queen put the town on the map when she was killed. Now Ellery has to move there to live with a grandmother she barely knows. The town is picture-perfect, but it’s hiding secrets.
And before school even begins for Ellery, someone’s declared open season on homecoming, promising to make it as dangerous as it was five years ago. Then, almost as if to prove it, another girl goes missing. Ellery knows all about secrets. Her mother has them; her grandmother does too. And the longer she’s in Echo Ridge, the clearer it becomes that everyone there is hiding something. The thing is, secrets are dangerous–and most people aren’t good at keeping them. Which is why in Echo Ridge, it’s safest to keep your secrets to yourself.
Throughout the whole book, I was on my toes wondering who the killer was, what happened to Sarah, Lacey, and Brooke, and where all the missing and murdered girls related in some way. The book is more than a who did it mystery. There are new secrets around every corner or should I say chapter. I changed who I thought did what almost every five minutes. It’s a rollercoaster of a mystery that I believe everyone can enjoy.
Redeemed by Dallas Ryan
The last book in the Gladewater series by Dallas Ryan cooks up the heat! This contemporary romance has a troupe of fake dating, crazy exes, and workplace romance. It’s definitely my favorite out of the series.
Relationships are off his menu…until one woman brings his guilty heart back to life.
JT can’t forgive himself for bringing the wrong date to a wedding—one that nearly killed his sister. While things turned out fine and Maggie is blissfully happy with her new husband, JT’s guilt is eating him alive. Certain his “crazy” detector is broken, he’s sworn off dating, and his friends and family are worried that he’ll never let himself live, or love, again. Sofia Benevides, Common Grounds Café’s sunny, raven-haired manager, has worked with owners JT and Maggie for years, and their partnership runs like a well-oiled machine. She loves her job, but her conservative, very traditional family is constantly on her back about her lack of matrimonial prospects.
No one knows that she has secretly carried a torch for her hunky, normally happy-go-lucky boss since she started there as a waitress five years ago. Acutely aware of his family’s worry, and with Sophia’s family putting her under ever-increasing pressure to find a man and settle down, JT comes up with the perfect solution: fake dating. But his win-win scenario takes a hit when they realize their feelings are anything but fake—and way more complicated than they anticipated…Redeemed is book 3 in the Gladewater series but can be read as a standalone.
The book starts off with some spice and a couple of months after the second story is concluded. All the Gladewater characters make their appearance but the main focus is on JT, the chef and Maggie’s brother, and Sophia, the best friend and dinner’s house/catering manager. They both are in a stage of their life that has their family constantly on their backs about settling down and finding the one. So what could go wrong if the two start fake dating to keep their families off their backs? Let’s just say a lot. Do they catch feelings for each other? What could possibly get in their way of true happiness? You’ll have to read to find out.
The book series is available on Kendle Unlimited for free! Get your copy downloaded today!
That twelve whole books read for this fall. I enjoyed reading new authors, starting series, finishing series, and reading outside of my comfort zone. I’m sure there will be even more books finished this winter season. Stay tuned!
What did you read this fall? Let me know in the comments below! Happy Reading!