Saturday, March 20, 2021

Review: Best Laid Plans by Roan Parrish

Best Laid Plans
(Garnet Run #2)
Roan Parrish
Release: February 23, 2021
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A man who’s been moving his whole life finally finds a reason to stay put.

Charlie Matheson has spent his life taking care of things. When his parents died two days before his eighteenth birthday, he took care of his younger brother, even though that meant putting his own dreams on hold. He took care of his father’s hardware store, building it into something known several towns over. He took care of the cat he found in the woods…so now he has a cat.

When a stranger with epic tattoos and a glare to match starts coming into Matheson’s Hardware, buying things seemingly at random and lugging them off in a car so beat-up Charlie feels bad for it, his instinct is to help. When the man comes in for the fifth time in a week, Charlie can’t resist intervening.

Rye Janssen has spent his life breaking things. Promises. His parents’ hearts. Leases. He isn’t used to people wanting to put things back together—not the crumbling house he just inherited, not his future and certainly not him. But the longer he stays in Garnet Run, the more he can see himself belonging there. And the more time he spends with Charlie, the more he can see himself falling asleep in Charlie’s arms…and waking up in them.

Is this what it feels like to have a home—and someone to share it with?

You all know how much I love Roan Parrish's books and she's done it again! I finished this book several weeks ago and I've been trying to think of the right words to review it ever since. I'm having trouble conveying why I loved it so much. 

I was intrigued by Jack's big brother from the first time he appeared on the page in Better Than People. I knew Charlie's story was going to be fascinating but I wasn't prepared for how heartbreaking it was going to be. I knew that he must have given a lot of stuff up in order to raise Jack but I didn't realize how much that would be. Maybe that's why I was so invested in the romance between him and Rye.

And Rye! He was a delightfully grumpy disaster pansexual and I fell in love with him and his weird cat almost immediately. His prickly outer layer hides a gooey, cinnamon roll center and I loved watching him open up to accept Charlie in his life.

I love Roan Parrish's books but this one was even better than normal. Her stories always run my emotions through the ringer but this one hit a bit closer to home for me. And it was so delightfully diverse in its queer and gender rep (there is a character I would place on the Ace spectrum)! Plus, we got to see Jack and Simon again. I didn't think I was going to love Charlie's story more than theirs but I did. 

Why should you pick this up? This story was heartbreaking and heartwarming all at once and has an amazing queer romance to root for. I am a sucker for a good grump and sunshine romance and this book delivered on that and so much more! I would also highly recommend this series if you are looking for adorable contemporary romances with non-typical leads. 

I hope we get more books in this series. Maybe following the teens Rye befriends? Or Jack's best friend? I just want to see more of the people in this little Wyoming town!

ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley.

  4.5 / 5 Stars

My reviews of other books in this series:
Better than People (Garnet Run #1)

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Release Day Review: Wild Sign by Patricia Briggs

Wild Sign
(Alpha & Omega #6)
Patricia Briggs
Release: March 16, 2021
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Mated werewolves Charles Cornick and Anna Latham must discover what could make an entire community disappear — before it's too late — in this thrilling entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling Alpha and Omega series.

In the wilds of the Northern California mountains, all the inhabitants of a small town have gone missing. It's as if the people picked up and left everything they owned behind. Fearing something supernatural might be going on, the FBI taps a source they've consulted in the past: the werewolves Charles Cornick and Anna Latham. But Charles and Anna soon find a deserted town is the least of the mysteries they face.

Death sings in the forest, and when it calls, Charles and Anna must answer. Something has awakened in the heart of the California mountains, something old and dangerous — and it has met werewolves before.

Disclaimer: This review will be spoiler free, but does reference events in previous books in both the  Mercy Thompson and Alpha & Omega series. If you're not caught up on either series, I recommend this reading order provided by the author on her website.

Every year one of my most anticipated books is the new Patrica Briggs Mercyverse book. I'm so excited that this year's book is back to Charles and Anna and I am here for it! I have missed Charles and Anna and their crazy adventures keeping the werewolves (and by extension, humans) safe. This newest installment in the Alpha & Omega series was a ride! 

I thought to read a couple of chapters before bed and the next thing I knew it was 2am and I had finished the entire book. I should know better by now than to start a Patricia Briggs book before bed because once I start reading I can't stop. And let me tell you that once you start Wild Sign you won't want to stop till you run out of pages and even then you will want more.

Charles and Anna are brought in to investigate the disappearance of an entire town that just happened to have been built on land that belongs to Leah, the Marrok's mate. And Tag gets to tag along for the ride and what they discover is that everything is not what it seems around the empty town of Wild Sign. I loved seeing how far Charles and Anna have grown into their mating and their love for each other! But what I wasn't anticipating was how fun it was to watch them interact as friends with Tag! It's a side of both dominant wolves that we don't often get to see. And they meet up with some of Tag's old friends who made me yell "NO WAY!" at my kindle.

This far into the series I don't want to say too much about the plot because so much is spoilery especially after the betrayal in Burn Bright. The mystery in this book was intense and I had to know what would happen next. I wasn't able to guess any of how it ended. The most exciting thing about this book is that we learned more Leah's backstory and it was so much sadder than I anticipated. Y'all! It made me cry. We even got to learn how Leah and the Marrok became mated.

I know this book just barely came out but I'm dying to get my hands on the next one after that ending! I need to know more! This is hands down my favorite Patricia Briggs book published in the last few years. It was a roller coaster of emotions and I kind of want to reread it again even though I just finished it. And that cover! It is absolutely gorgeous! 

The events in this book have consequences for both series and I'm intrigued to see what it does to this world. I think it's really going to shake things up.

ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley


Wednesday, March 10, 2021

What the Weres Read: February 2021

Hello! We Weres are going to switch things up a bit this year. Today's our second installment of our new monthly reading wrap-up and TBR post. Come see what we read read this last month and what we hope to read in March. Hopefully we'll stick our TBRs this next month. *Fingers crossed*
Here is what the Weres read in February:


February Reading Wrap Up



Hard Code by Misha Bell
Flashpoint by Rachel Grant
Concrete Evidence, Body of Evidence, Night Owls by Rachel Grant
Cold Cruel Kiss by Toni Anderson


Faithless in Death by JD Robb
First Comes Like by Alisha Rai
Firestorm, Inferno, Catalyst by Rachel Grant
Cold Blooded, Colder Than Sin, Cold Wicked Lies by Toni Anderson

Kindle Unlimited:

A-List Kiss by Brenda Lowder
The Girl Band series by Pippa Grant
The Copper Valley Thrusters series by Pippa Grant
The Bro Code series by Pippa Grant
The Copper Valley Fireballs series by Pippa Grant


Rose Red


Winter's Orbit by Everina Maxwell
Fireheart Tiger by Aliette de Bodard


Vixen Ecology by G.L. Carriger

The Vampire King by B.A. Streke 

Heartstopper, Vol. 1 by Alice Oseman


Stranger Planet by Nathan W. Pyle

Little Moments of Love by Catana Chetwynd



Kensho (Claimings #4.5) by Lyn Gala

  March TBR

Make It Sweet by Kristen Callihan 
Act Your Age Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert
Wild Sign by Patricia Briggs
Hot Heir by Pippa Grant
Rose Red
An Echo in the Sorrow (Soulbound #6) by Hailey Turner
Wild Sign (Alpha & Omega #6) by Patricia Briggs
Blind Tiger (The Pride #1) by Jordan L. Hawk
Best Laid Plans (Garnet Run #2) by Roan Parrish
Soulstar (The Kingston Cycle #3) by C.L. Polk

What are you planning to read in March? 


Tuesday, March 2, 2021

The Big Book Haul Post: February 2021

Oh, February! You gorgeous month of love, you! Thank you for bringing many amazing ebook sales and Galentine's Day book exchanges! Not that we need an excuse to buy more books but gifting ourselves a few new reads seems like a perfect way to celebrate/survive our shortest month of the year. One of the Weres showed way more self-control in her book buying than the other though. Can you guess who it was?
Here's what we added to our TBR piles in February:

As always, keep in mind that books we got for free earlier in the month may not still be free, so look before you click.


Physical Book Haul
I didn’t buy any paper books for myself  this month. *gasp*

Added to My Kindle
The Girl With Stars in Her Eyes by Xio Axelrod
Undercover Wolf by Paige Tyler
A Wolf in Duke’s Clothing by Susanna Allen

 Hard Code by Misha Bell
Body of Evidence by Rachel Grant
Cold Cruel Kiss by Toni Anderson
Royally Pucked by Pippa Grant
Hot as Puck by Lili Valente
Huddle With Me Tonight by Farrah Rochon

Rose Red

Physical Book Haul

Added to My Kindle
A Psalm for the Wild-Built (Monk and Robot #1) by Becky Chambers
Playing the Palace by Paul Rudnick
Black Water Sister by Zen Cho

Winter's Orbit by Everina Maxwell
Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur
Soulstar (The Kingston Cycle #3) by C.L. Polk
A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses #4)
Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant
Among the Beasts & Briars by Ashley Poston

Best Laid Plans (Garnet Run #2) by Roan Parrish
The Gentle Art of Fortune Hunting by KJ Charles
The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson

Fall of Night (Midnight Breed #17) by Lara Adrian 
The Spare by Miranda Dubner
Conventionally Yours (True Colors #1) by Annabeth Albert

What books did you get this month?

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