Can’t-Wait Wednesday: My Summer of Love of Misfortune by Lindsay Wong

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Wishful Endings, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

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Title: My Summer of Love and Misfortune

Author: Lindsay Wong

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Publication Date: May 12, 2020

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Iris Wang is having a bit of a rough start to her summer. In an attempt to snap her out of her funk, Iris’s parents send her away to visit family in Beijing, with the hopes that Iris will “reconnect with her culture” and “find herself.” Iris resents her parents’ high-handedness, but even she admits that this might be a good opportunity to hit the reset button.

Iris expects to eat a few dumplings, meet some of her family, and visit a tourist hotspot or two. What she doesn’t expect is to meet a handsome Mandarin-language tutor named Frank and to be swept up in the ridiculous, opulent world of Beijing’s wealthy elite, leading her to unexpected and extraordinary discoveries about her family, her future, and herself.

March 2020 Non-Bookish Favourites

Hello lovelies!

I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy and home. This has been such an insane month that feels like it’s lasted about 4 years. I hope you’re all getting through this ok and that it hasn’t been too rough on all of you. If any of you ever want to talk, hit me up. Always here to be a shoulder to lean on for you guys. You’re all so wonderful and deserve the best 💖💖💖

So my five favourite things this month involve two restaurants (I was in London at the beginning of the month visiting my boyfriend which was the best week of my life), two tops, and a song. I know it’s impossible to go to a restaurant right now, but if any of you are ever in London, keep them on your radar if you’re looking for a nice night out!

1. Provisions
OH MY GOD. If you love wine and nice cheeses, you need to go to Provisions. Or even if it’s just something you want to try. The staff is incredibly accommodating and will be able to give you wonderful suggestions. They have such a large selection and I wish I could go there every day until I manage to try the entire menu.

2. Q Bar
This was the best steak dinner I’ve ever had. I’m not kidding. If you’re looking for a fancier place for a girls night out or a date night, go here. The food was delicious. It’s a busy place though, so definitely make a reservation.

3. Crew neck bodycon sweater from Dynamite
This sweater is so basic, but listen. If you have curves, it is made for you. I have literally never felt more gorgeous in a sweater in my entire life.

4. Chiffon sleeve crew neck top from Dynamite
This is the perfect top for a fancier night out or for the office. It’s tight but covers everything. I was a little apprehensive about the sleeves because I’m a small person and details can swallow me whole, but damn. It’s cute as heck.

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5. Wannabe by ITZY
Is anyone surprised? No. I am obsessed with this damn song (ok, the whole album). But OH MY GOOD LORD. THEIR LIVE PERFORMANCES. THEY ARE SO STABLE MY GIRLIES ARE GROWING UP. AND RYUJIN. R Y U J I N. THE SHOULDER POPPING. MY GOD. I could go on for days. I’m so obsessed with them.

Let’s Get Physical by Cassie Cross – Release Day Blitz + Excerpt

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Title: Let’s Get Physical
Author
: Cassie Cross
Series:
Love Is… #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 26, 2020

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Corinna McKnight is a chronically single girl in need of toned abs and a hot date for a wedding that her highly successful, deliriously happy lifelong frenemy will be attending. The weddings is only six weeks away and she doesn’t have much time to make it look like she has her life together. Luckily, her best friend’s boyfriend owns the hottest gym in town and sets he up with Noah, the best personal trainer he has on staff.

Noah Cartier is at a pretty good place in his life. He has a job and he loves working for his best friend, Hinter. Noah is in high demand, mostly for his talent, but sometimes for his body and Hunter has one very firm rule: no fooling around with the clients.

It’s an easy rule to follow until he meets Corinna, who makes him want more out of life and leaves him straddling the line between breaking a promise and betraying his heart.

Excerpt:

I look down at the napkin in my lap to keep myself from saying something that I might wind up regretting.

Noah notices.

“What?”

“It’s just…what is wrong with me?”

“There’s nothing wrong with you. You’re beautiful and funny, and—”

“And I have the worst luck with men. It’s not this guy necessarily, because he seemed kinda smarmy when I talked to him, but it’s just, like, impossible for me to find a good guy? And it’s not just now, it’s…months. Years. I’m always finding men who can’t commit, who are flakes, who have issues I can’t even begin to address. I even went out with one guy five times before I found out that he was married. It’s been a non-stop steady string of badness since…well, since you actually.”

The second I register the words that came out of my mouth, I clamp my lips together. I went a bit too far there, unfortunately.

Noah caught on. It would be difficult not to. “Me?”

“Forget I said anything.”

“Kind of impossible to do that now,” he says, and I can tell he’s not going to let this go.

“I had the biggest crush on you. We went to Centerville for the summer for years and you were just Noah. And then, one year, I set eyes on you when we pulled up at my grandparents’ house and you were Noah. I think you were mowing the grass. I looked at you, and things felt different. There might’ve been cartoon hearts flying around you at the time, I can’t remember.”

He laughs as he leans in close, like I’m telling the most intriguing story in the world.

“I started tagging along with you and Mike more that summer. I was positive you were going to get tired of me; I know Mike was.”

“I never got tired of you,” he admits. “I made up reasons to see you when Mike wasn’t around.”

About Cassie Cross:

Cassie Cross is a Maryland native and a romantic at heart, who lives outside of Baltimore with her two dogs and a closet full of shoes. Cassie’s fondness for swoon-worthy men and strong women are the inspiration for most of her stories, and when she’s not busy writing a book, you’ll probably find her eating takeout and indulging in her love of 80’s sitcoms.

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After All by Heidi McLaughlin – Release Day Blitz + Giveaway

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Title: After All
Author
: Heidi McLaughlin
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 24, 2020

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Brooklyn Hewett hasn’t stepped foot in Cape Harbor for fifteen years—not since an accident claimed the love of her life, Austin Woods. Desperate to move forward, Brooklyn has focused on raising her daughter for the past fourteen years. But when the opportunity comes along to renovate, and possibly buy, the old Driftwood Inn, Brooklyn knows it’s time to go home.

But it won’t be easy. For one, Austin’s best friend, Bowie Holmes, still lives in Cape Harbor. Brooklyn hasn’t quite been able to forget him: not since the night they spent together—the same night they both lost Austin. Separated by tragedy and guilt, they’re brought together by the Driftwood project. And as they rebuild the inn, they discover they’re also rebuilding something else.

Brooklyn’s always been desperate to move on, not knowing that she first needs to reconcile past transgressions. She can’t forget, but she can forgive—Austin, Bowie, and herself—on her way toward long-awaited happiness.

Giveaway:

  • Enter HERE
  • Prize: $100 Amazon gift card
  • International
  • Ends March 30, 2020

About Heidi McLaughlin:

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Heidi McLaughlin is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of The Beaumont Series, The Boys of Summer, and The Archers.

Originally, from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband, two daughters, and their three dogs.

In 2012, Heidi turned her passion for reading into a full-fledged literary career, writing over twenty novels, including the acclaimed Forever My Girl.

When writing isn’t occupying her time, you can find her sitting courtside at either of her daughters’ basketball games.

Heidi’s first novel, Forever My Girl, has been adapted into a motion picture with LD Entertainment and Roadside Attractions, starring Alex Roe and Jessica Rothe, and opened in theaters on January 19, 2018, and is now available on DVD & Digital.

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Wicked Liars by Laura Lee – Cover Reveal + Giveaway

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Title: Wicked Liars
Author
: Laura Lee
Series: Windsor Academy #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 3, 2020

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Liars.

Every last one of them.

The kings and queens of my new high school.

The father and stepmother I never knew.

Each has more wealth and privilege than I could’ve ever imagined.

Each has a pile of wicked dirty secrets they’d do anything to protect.

These people have grown accustomed to getting what they want, and what they want is to make my life a living hell.

Too bad for them, you can’t break someone who’s already broken.

Too bad for them, I won’t give up without a fight.

Too bad for them, I’m going to make them pay…even if it’s the last thing I do.

Giveaway:

  • Enter HERE
  • Prize: $20 Amazon gift card
  • International
  • Ends March 27, 2020

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About Laura Lee:

Laura’s passion has always been storytelling. She spent most of her life with her nose in a book thinking of alternate endings or continuations to the story. She won her first writing contest at the ripe old age of nine, earning a trip to the state capital to showcase her manuscript. Thankfully for her, those early works will never see the light of day again!

Laura lives in the Pacific Northwest with her wonderful husband, two beautiful children, and three of the most poorly behaved cats in existence. She likes her fruit smoothies filled with rum, her cupboards stocked with Cadbury’s chocolate, and her music turned up loud. When she’s not writing or watching HGTV, she’s reading anything she can get her hands on. She’s a sucker for spicy romances, especially those involving vampires, bad boys, or cowboys!

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