Happy 2018 dear readers! And thank you for tuning into My Devastating Reads. I know I have not been around much to share book reviews with you. My life this past year, and especially the last six months has been full of stresses unexpected surprises and change. My focus has shifted a lot, but and that affected this blog. And that really bugged me. I made resolution after resolution to do better. but I think I still didn't give this blog, which is my baby, my first blog, the attention it needed. That is going to change.


2018 is going to be a blast. Everyone says that about new year; each new year is filled with hope and promise. But I have settled into a new lifestyle, new job, and I am feeling fabulous. I feel ready to make a plan and so I've made a plan. Being not much of a plan maker, this is a big deal for me. My plan is this. I have always wanted this blog to succeed. It doesn't have to have ten of thousands of followers, but I have always wanted it to be appreciated by readers who find romance and reading meaningful, even at times devastating. Reading has changed the way I think, has made me more empathetic and open minded and allowed me to delve into worlds and peoples I would otherwise have no connection with, and so reading will always be my passion. I have other passions now, and my blog Pretty In Crochet is one of them. Setting up that blog, crocheting pieces, polishing it's look has been a labour of love just as My Devastating Reads has been. I am so glad to have both of these forums to share my passion for creativity with you.

But I acknowledge that this blog has suffered in the midst not only of the changes and anguishes of the past year, but also because Pretty In Crochet needed the attention of every newborn blog. However, now in 2018 I hope both blogs will run smoothly thanks to my plan. My plan for 2018 here at My Devastating Reads to post a book review at least once a month. That's all I have been able to manage for a while, so it seems a good place to start. But, I will be featuring other posts as well throughout the month and hope you find those fun and informative. Many will be familiar, one or two will be new.

Happy new year dear readers! My next post will be a book review so stayed tuned!

Happy Reading,
Jewels
Hey everyone! It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! The past several ones have been very busy ones for me. Lots of changes, all for the good. But busy means less blog time and I again apologize about that. I hope the new year ushers in more blogging for me because I miss it. I especially miss the reading attached to it! But, since it is beginning to feel a lot of Christmas, I thought it time to share a few great holiday reads with you, as well as a few I'm looking to reading.


My favourite holiday read would have to be The Twelve Days of Christmas by Debbie Macomber. You all remember this from my book review last year right? If not, I am here to tell you again that his is a wonderful, sweet and melt your bones romance. Worth the read at any season in my humble opinion. 







Another fabulous one is A Wallflower Christmas by Lisa Kleypas. I read this a few years ago now, (and am still quite proud of that review) and I still remember being charmed and closing the book with that special le sigh feeling. Not to mention a smile on my face because I always finish reading Lisa Kleypas' novels with a smile on  my face. She has magic flowing from her pen, and I love her books. So if you love a good historical romance and are yearning for a holiday read, this will not leave you disappointed. It is a novella, but you'll adore every word. 




I think I picked up this novel last year for a mere .99 cents. But I haven't read it. However, I am looking forward to reading it. The premise sounds light and sweet, and I have to say, the cover captivated me. But the reviews are strong, and this novel was a RITA Award by Romance Writers of America Nominee for Best Contemporary Romance Novel (Short) in 2016. So I'm even more intrigued and eager to read this novel. This could be the one I squeeze in before Christmas day....






I bought this book ages ago because I like Sarah Morgan and a holiday read was something I was in the mood for. It was Christmas time after all, but I didn't get to this novel that year and I keep waiting to read it because I like reading holiday romances around the holidays. Anyway, this one is on my list. It sounds sexy and I know Sarah Morgan can weave holiday magic into this story. So it's right up my alley. You might be seeing this reviewed on the blog soon...great, now I have too many holiday books to read! 




That's the scoop everyone! I hope you are enjoying whatever you are reading. And that you have a very merry Christmas. 

Happy Reading,
Jewels
I recently read a historical romance that quite surprised me. It's a bit of an older read, but extremely well written and the characters captured me. It took me a while due to a busy schedule to read this novel but I can assure you, I was gobbling up every single word.

Series: Clan Kennedy, #2 
My Rating: ❀'s
Genre: Historical Romance 

I'm going to start off by saying this can easily be read as a stand alone. I knew while I was reading it that there was likely a first book, which Goodreads confirmed for me, but I didn't feel like I was missing out on anything. So go ahead and grab this great read.

What I really enjoyed about this novel was the bit of mysticism woven throughout. Both the hero and heroine practice a kind of magic but this story in no way dwells on the paranormal or supernatural. It's there in the background, and makes for an interesting way to draw Raven and Heath together, but the story is firmly grounded in reality.

I adored both Raven and Heath. Raven is so wildly independent, so strong willed. I love these older romances for this reason, the women are always proud and strong and have no fear in standing up for themselves. Raven comes to know more about herself as the novel progresses because she comes into contact with Heath, and this allows her to examine what she wants in life. She always knew she wanted freedom, but to me it seemed that Raven came to to understand that she also sought respect and love. Heath gave her both, and over time Raven knew that her happiness was going to be intertwined with Heath.

Heath was amazing. Shrewd, fearless, honorable and proud, he wanted Raven to love him. He seduced her, but was he was always honest with her and I loved that about him. You knew you count on Heath to do what was right, and he always did. He was proud, but he knew when to bend as well. These characters really fit together and with all the history and intrigue going on in the novel, you were never for a moment bored. This story had meat and that was what made it such enjoyable reading for me. Plus the steamy. My friends...the steamy. 

A devastating read from beginning to end.

Happy Reading,
Jewels
Who doesn't love a good RS novel? It's not for everyone, but I've really gotten into this genre. This series so far has proven interesting, and the second novel has brought danger much closer to Evelyn than she ever has been in so far in the series.

Series: The Evelyn Talbot Chronicles 
My Rating: ❀'s
Genre: Romantic Suspense
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This novel focuses largely on Evelyn's interactions with a criminal at Hanover House, Lyman Bishop. Although he is guilty of heinous crimes and is an above average intelligent psychopath, he nearly convinces Evelyn of his innocence,. He is also going to be released due to tampering with the investigation of his crimes.

The novel also largely focuses on Jasper, who is plotting to get a position as a CO at Hanover House. That idea is chilling, but so is Jasper's actions in this novel. He is truly remorseless and I still hate him, but I found him less engaging in his novel. He came across as immature and cocky instead of as the slick killer who was always evading capture.

Even Evelyn wasn't as compelling a character as I'd found to her be in the past. A lot of her conversations felt scripted, and even repetitive. She somehow didn't seem as interesting or sympathetic as I'd found her to be in the past. And some of her romantic decisions seemed questionable as well.

I've become a big fan of Forensic Files these past few months, and I'm wondering if that is colouring my perception of the book. I'm very skeptical by the fact that Jasper has never been linked or even suspected of any of the crimes he's committed since high school. The tiniest thing can link a person to a crime scene and I can't believe he's never left fibers, DNA or something behind on a body or in his car that would link him to a victim. Perhaps that's why this novel was not as gripping for me as others; I just don't buy into Jasper being so intelligent and capable and lucky as to evade police for so long.

For me, there was too much that far fetched to give this novel a five stat rating. But I am very interested in finding out what will happen next in this series now that Jasper is so close to Evelyn.

A copy of the novel was provided to me from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Happy Reading,
Jewels
Howdy all! I'm  here today to reassure you I have not fallen off the face of the earth. I am still kicking around. But you will have noticed I have not been reviewing books as much lately.

I had a busy summer. And I've had a busy fall. I also run two blogs now, so I am busy. But that's no excuse for not keeping up with my reviews. But the thing is I realize that I have a problem when it comes to my reading life of late. I still love to read, but my tastes have changed. I have always enjoyed romances and I've been returning to reading other genres and sampling new sub genres in romance. But these past few months, I've almost meh about a lot of the books that I've been reading. So I'm literally in the middle of several books and not all that interested in them. I think for some of them I was expecting an entirely different kind of read so now I am disillusioned by what the novel actually is, if you follow. Still, I'm curious enough to want to finish the books but I'm taking it at a slower pace. And having several on the go like this means that I'm not getting any of them read quick, especially when things have been so hectic lately.

Also, I haven't been able to read as many audios because I've been unlucky with my local Overdrive library! It's been a real thrown in my side, let me tell you! So my changing reading tastes are messy with me, as are my own time management skills and my lack of audio reading. And really, all I want is a great read! I've never had such a hard time finding a book to suck me in as I have lately.

So I've decided to return my favourite romance genre for a while, historical romance. This is a genre that rarely disappoints me so it's a safe bet I'll be speeding through the reads soon. As soon as I finish up some ARCs from Netgalley, I'm going to get back into the groove by bingeing on my sub genre of choice. I can't wait!

What's up next on the blog? I am going to finish reading and review a great romantic suspense soon. Hello Again is the second novel in this gripping series by Brenda Novak.


I'm really loving this read and cannot wait to share a review with you. Stay tuned as My Devastating Reads will soon be back into the swing of things! For those of you who love romantic supense, I do have some I'll be finishing up and reviewing soon along side Hello Again, so keep your eyes peeled for those as well. 

Happy Reading,
Jewels