The Book Worm

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Review: Part-Time Husband

Book Review: Part-Time Husband, by Noelle Adams, 4 stars


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On a Wednesday afternoon, I ask Trevor Bentley to marry me. He might be the most arrogant, obnoxious man I know, but I need him to be my husband for a year.
There are reasons.
He's not going to be a real husband. Just part-time. Yes, I have to live with him. And, okay, I also have to share his bed. And, sure, he's the hottest and most exciting thing to ever happen to my controlled, organized life.
But still... It's only a part-time marriage. I'm not going to give him my heart. I know what I'm doing, and I'm too smart to fall for my husband.
I hope.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Review: Moonlight on the Thames

Review: Moonlight on the Thames, by Lauren Westwood, 5 stars


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Worlds collide when two strangers meet at Waterloo station. It's a moment they'll never forget.
Nicola is a star at the top of the corporate ladder, but her personal life is a disaster. Her office affair has run its course, and the last thing she wants to think about is Christmas. A night of canceled trains and festive Christmas carols at Waterloo Station is the last straw...
Dmitri loves conducting his pop-up choir during the festive season, meeting people, and spreading joy and cheer around London. But he carries deep secrets from his past that robbed him of his dream to become a concert pianist.
Can two lonely hearts and souls be unlocked by music and moonlight and will they discover the healing power of love?

Friday, January 11, 2019

Review: Out of Time

Book Review: Out of Time, by Monica McCarty, 5 stars


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With his men scattered to all corners of the globe after a disastrous secret op in Russia, Lieutenant Commander Scott Taylor is trying to find out who was responsible for leaking the information that killed half his platoon. Were it not for Natalie Andersson, the woman he'd been secretly dating in the Pentagon who'd warned him of the danger, he knows they'd all be dead. Scott is devastated when he hears that the woman he loved and hoped to marry has been killed for helping him—until he learns that Natalie was the spy who betrayed them. But when his search to clear his name brings him face-to-face with a very much alive Natalie, Scott realizes that justice and vengeance might not be as clear-cut as he thought.
Natalie Andersson, or as she was born Natalya Petrova, has put the memories of her early childhood in Russia behind her. She never dreamed that she would be at the center of an elaborate "sleeper" espionage program. Even when she learns the truth, she refuses to spy for the country of her birth, until the Russians threaten the lives of the only family she's ever known. But Natalie is the worst spy in the history of spying, falling for her target. When her attempt at misdirection leads to irreversible consequences, she's forced to run for her life, with her lover hot on her tail.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

The 2019 Reading Challenge

This is my fourth year taking the Goodreads annual reading challenge.

The 2019 Reading Challenge


Last year I failed my goal again by 11 books (I had planned to read 112 books and ended up reading just 101). I was on track until almost the end of the year, when the holidays season and the extra hours at the office finally caught up with me and totally messed my reading time.

For 2019 I decided to stretch my goal even a bit more - it's not a challenge otherwise, right? - and I'm hoping to read 114 books. Let's see how I manage that.


The 2019 Reading Challenge


How about you? Are you taking the 2019 reading challenge as well? It you're not there yet but would love to challenge yourself this year, there's still plenty of time. Login or register over at Goodreads, decide how many books you want to read in 2019 and then update your status as you read along and finish each book. 

And remember, it's a challenge, so you should put in a number that is reasonable but also that will require some effort and commitment from your part. You can also edit the number of books in the challenge at any time.

If you're on Goodreads already (or if you join), let's connect. I'm The Book Worm.

Happy readings,

the book worm, book blog

Monday, January 7, 2019

Review: The Stars Afire

Book Review: The Stars Afire: An Elemental Mysteries Anthology, by Elizabeth Hunter, 4 stars

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A new anthology of short fiction featuring your favorite characters from the Elemental Mysteries.


In Lost Letters and Christmas Lights, Christmas in Rome wasn’t quite what Giovanni and Beatrice had in mind, until a set of misplaced letters leads them back to their library in the heart of Italy. Serafina Rossi hadn’t expected vampires for Christmas, but the thought of meeting the cantankerous and intriguing ally of her employers was more than she could resist.

Giovanni Vecchio has a headache, and Richard Montegu is it. In Finding Richard, Giovanni and Beatrice head east to New York City in order to take care of a little problem who’s been spotted off-off-Broadway.

Giovanni and Beatrice return to Italy in Desires of the Heart. With their nephew growing older every year, Giovanni and Beatrice travel to Rome for the holidays, this time with a new vision for their future and the future of their family.

The Stars Afire is a short story and novella anthology in the Elemental Mysteries series by Elizabeth Hunter. It includes new and previously published material.


Wednesday, January 2, 2019

The Book Worm in 2019

Welcome to 2019! I'm so glad you're stopping by and I wish you all the best for the New Year!




What is going to happen to The Book Worm in 2019? Well. to be honest I'm not going to promise a lot of changes, mostly because I just won't have time to implement them. The Book Worm is mainly a book reviews site and in order to review books I have to read them first - which, on top of everything else I have to do, doesn't leave a lot of time for major blogging endeavors. 

Years ago I had plans for a Favorite Author Friday series of posts, but then never finished the research necessary to get those posts off the ground. Hopefully 2019 will the the year I finally make at least a few of them see the light of day.

I do have a huge backlog of reviews to post. Some authors have requested me to read and review their books months ago and I never got round to actually publishing those reviews. Those are my top priority now, and once that list is in order, then I'll see what else I can make happen in The Book Worm. 

In the meantime, you can still expect regular reviews and book recommendations. And if there's anything else you would like to see around here, just drop me a line and we'll go from there.

In  the meantime, happy readings and happy New Year!


the book worm, book blog



Monday, December 31, 2018

Review: The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband


Book Review: The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband, by Julia Quinn, 5 stars


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With her brother Thomas injured on the battlefront in the Colonies, orphaned Cecilia Harcourt has two unbearable choices: move in with a maiden aunt or marry a scheming cousin. Instead, she chooses option three and travels across the Atlantic, determined to nurse her brother back to health. But after a week of searching, she finds not her brother but his best friend, the handsome officer Edward Rokesby. He's unconscious and in desperate need of her care, and Cecilia vows that she will save this soldier's life, even if staying by his side means telling one little lie...

When Edward comes to, he's more than a little confused. The blow to his head knocked out three months of his memory, but surely he would recall getting married. He knows who Cecilia Harcourt is—even if he does not recall her face—and with everyone calling her his wife, he decides it must be true, even though he'd always assumed he'd marry his neighbor back in England.
Cecilia risks her entire future by giving herself—completely—to the man she loves. But when the truth comes out, Edward may have a few surprises of his own for the new Mrs. Rokesby.
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