Blog Tour: Lies, Lies, Lies @adeleparks #NGEW2020

Thank you to Justine Sha and Harlequin Trade Publishing for my advance copy of Lies, Lies, Lies in exchange for my honest review!

Wow. Lies, Lies, Lies delivers a packed punch! Touching on subjects of alcohol addiction, depression, and sexual abuse, you never knew which way this book was turning.

Daisy and Simon are married with a child. A child that took multiple rounds of failed IVF. Simon starts to drink more and more and Daisy looks to leave the marriage. Before any of that can happen, there’s a tragic accident and Simon ends up in jail. What will happen when Simon comes home and sees Daisy has been friendly with an old friend?

There isn’t much more I can say without giving something away. Just when you think you know what is going on…you don’t, because there’s a twist and turn and well, these flawed people are lying their way through life. Haha. You’re on their wild train wreck of a ride, but it will all play out in the end!

This book was a good twisty thriller. I didn’t expect the ending to play out how it did…BUT I LOVED IT.

4 stars.  I didn’t know if I was coming or going with this tale. In the end, I ultimately enjoyed the path each character took and the growth they made. If you are a fan of twisty, turny thrillers, pick this one up!

Title: Lies, Lies, Lies

Author: Adele Parks

Genre(s): Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Thriller

Publisher: MIRA

Release Date: August 4, 2020

Find it here on Goodreads


Sundays In Bed With…

Today I’m going to feature the physical book I’m reading right now…

The backstory behind this one, is JoJo Siwa just announced she will be starring in her very first film. I happen to have a 7 year old daughter who LOVES JoJo Siwa. I know I will be seeing this (probably on its release day…you should see how many bows my daughter owns) so I thought, why not read the book it’s based off of?

What are you reading today??

End Of Month Netgalley Update

I have read AND reviewed SIX books this month for Netgalley (I doubled what I did last month)!!

My feedback ratio is currently 70%. Last month it was 66%…I know…6 more books, how did it only go up so little…weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeell, I may have added some more books to my shelf. I KNOW! I KNOW! Someone slap my hand now…

What I read and reviewed this month…

What I plan to read next month (including one I am SOOOO close to finishing, grrrr)…

I’m giving myself a goal of 6 this month…let’s see if I stick to it (I strayed a little last month, haha). Are you on Netgalley? What are you reading on there??

Top Ten Tuesday: July 28th

It’s Tuesday which means it’s time for another TTT courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl! This week’s topic is…


I kept thinking what should my topic be today? So I decided…

Top Ten Places I Like To Read

I thought I would start by sharing a few pictures…

At the Splash Pad

At a Camp Ground

Even at night…next to the river!


Local coffee shops

On an airplane

My front porch

There’s nothing else I love more than when I’m on a cruise too and I wake up early and sit on a deck outside in the quiet with a gentle breeze. I was so looking forward to that this past May, but… 😦

I also love curling up on my couch and getting sucked in, especially if it’s cloudy or rainy outside (and living in the desert this does not happen that often). I always make sure to have a book in my hand when I travel though because I love reading in new places, especially when we take our trailer out places!!!

Where are some places to enjoy to read??

Bookish Problems

*sigh* Let’s talk bookish problems…books…haha.

Buying books and reading books are two different things…agree? Disagree? I thought with quarantine I would blow through books at home…*looks around* that’s a negative. I’ve been reading a lot, but not from my stash!!!

Take for example this gem…

Released June 11, 2020. I had it delivered to me on June 11th. Have I read it yet? Nope. Why? My library…

Once my local library started back with curbside I started to pick up a few books here and there and when I would see a good one on here, I’d put it on my library list and well…now I have 3 books sitting atop my 28 Summers that I’m reading BEFORE I make it to that one…BUT I WANT TO READ IT RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I won’t because I’ll read the library books first, but, ugh…does this happen to anyone else?!?

Let’s talk about our bookish problems!

Off Topic Chatter: Face Wash Check In

*looks around* I started this so gung ho and then dropped off…*hangs head in shame*

My skin still feels so smooth, but I just have not kept up with it daily. (Side note: I don’t wear makeup so don’t freak out and think I’m going to bed with stuff on my face, I promise I’m not!!!)

I am happy I have found and stuck with a face wash though…do I notice my wrinkles still? Yes…I don’t think it’s done anything for that, but I do find my face to feel smoother and it hasn’t set my face on fire so I’m going to stick with it for now! Maybe when I run out I’ll try something different…

Any good face care recommendations???

First Line Fridays: July 24th

As always First Line Friday comes courtesy of Hoarding Books Blog.  I discovered this magic thanks to Crystal at Must Love Reviews

This week I am featuring a book from Netgalley…

‘Would it be possible for you to move a little to the left?’ I enquire politely.

What am I making my way through today?


Meet Hannah Thompson: wife, mother, teacher and… secret erotica author?

My Guilt List:

1. If we have a date night then I’m always asleep before it’s halfway through and honestly, if I had to choose, I’d rather have a hot bath and read my book than engage in any other nocturnal activity.

2. If we do actually have you-know-what then it’s not unheard of for my mind to wander… and I’m not talking about sexy things – I’m talking about what food there is in the fridge and when the car is due for its next service.

3. I am struggling to write about anything that could be classed as even a little bit sexually adventurous which is a problem when I’m supposed to be an erotica writer and I am speaking at Sex Con in exactly one month.

With a book to publicise, Hannah has no choice but trade her M&S cardis for S&M parties, and become her writing alter-ego. What could possibly go wrong…

What are you reading today??

Buddy Book Review: Her Body and Other Parties

How exciting the world of blogging can be!! I recently connected with Emily at The Literary Elephant over books with short stories and ultimately we decided to buddy read Her Body and Other Parties!

Fun fact, this book has been sitting on her shelf and I borrowed mine from my public library (yay for curbside pick up). As I sat looking at it on my stand one day, I noticed on the spine it read, “YA MACHADO.” Uhhhh…there was some confusion on my part, panic thinking I grabbed the wrong book, until I realized, whoops, someone at the library made an oopsie. Don’t worry, I emailed them to let them know so they have it marked when I return it to fix that!!

We both are answering the SAME questions to the book today on our blogs. Please go check her answers out and if you’re here because you already read her answers, have at it!

1) The synopsis of the book describes it as a collection of “startling narratives that map the realities of women’s lives and the violence visited upon their bodies.” Such violence can be intentional, self-inflicted, unrealized, or without any identifiable culprit. Which of these types of violence do you personally find more frightening?

Personally, I find violence without any identifiable culprit to be the most frightening because you’re left wondering who did it and what they’re doing. Are they around the corner waiting to get you again? Are they doing the same thing to other people? I found the last story in this book, Difficult At Parties, to be like this because I felt like she was being abused in some manner…but we did not know who. Was it her male friend in the story? We don’t know…I speculate it was him, but we don’t know.

2) Would you be more likely to recommend the book to a certain gender? Why?

No. This book was…odd. I think those who enjoy sci-fi, fantasy, and LGBTQ+ tales would enjoy this one the most…male or female. It is written from a female’s perspective, but this book is so bizarre at times I don’t think it really matters.

3) Were there any specific times you personally felt unsettled, creeped out, or genuinely frightened?

No. I think the biggest moment for me came with the first story, The Husband Stitch, where at the end I just went, “Ooooooooooooooooooh.” I never felt unsettled or creeped out in any manner.

4) Do you think the final order of the published stories is a strong one, or would you have rearranged them? How would changing the order of the stories have changed your reading experience of the collection?

This was something Emily and I discussed when we finished this one. We would have both flipped the first story, The Husband Stitch, with the final story, Difficult At Parties. The Husband Stitch ends with you knowing everything in that story (this one may be my favorite), it’s solid, your curious state of mind is satisfied. I felt Difficult At Parties left you with a, well what the heck happened?! What’s the story, what is going on? It left me so high and dry and for the end of the book, just ugh! What a note to be left on!!!!

5) The main characters of these stories trend toward passivity- strange things happen to them, outside of their control, while the few choices they do make are either glossed over or portrayed with a weighted inevitability which suggests there was no real choice to begin with. Do you think this style was effective?

Listen, this book was bizarre…so the style fit. One the stories it best fit with was Real Women Have Bodies (especially fitting given our current pandemic). While a pandemic is running rampant, she is doing what she can while working in a clothing store. It was an interesting story for sure!

6) Did you ever find yourself irritated or bored, and if so, why?

YES! I enjoyed The Husband Stitch, Especially Heinous, Real Women Have Bodies, and Eight Bites…half of the stories. The other 4 were just so out there and I couldn’t get a good grip on them. One story, Inventory, is just a bunch of paragraphs describing various lovers she’s had. That’s it. Sometimes I felt like I was in the middle of a conversation and the other person just stopped talking and you’re like, “Oh, ok, I guess we’re done,” without ever getting any closure. I am fairly certain a lot went over my head with this one and I didn’t get as in depth as I should have…

7) What is your opinion on the author’s depiction of sex throughout the collection?

Interesting…I didn’t find it overly grotesque or uncomfortable like in some books, but I felt like every time it was described, it was being described in a manner like she didn’t want to have it, but felt forced/owed it to the person/had to do it. I never felt like she was doing it because she was seeking it out, I always felt like it was because she felt like she had to…which says a lot. I almost wonder if she was taking the standpoint that as women, we are here to please our men. When you look at everything in the book and reflect, it’s almost sad.

8) In “Especially Heinous” the doppelgänger Henson tells the following story to the DA: “The sixty-fifth story is about a world that watches you and me and everyone. Watches our suffering like it is a game. Can’t stop. Can’t tear themselves away. If they could stop, we could stop, but they won’t, so we can’t.” Why do you think Law and Order: SVU is such a popular show, given that it concerns itself specifically with “sexually based offenses” which “are considered especially heinous?”

Ok, now THIS one was my favorite story!! Side note: I’ve never watched Law and Order: SVU before so I was hesitant about this story, but I loved the flow! As a society, we are obssessed with true crime/crime related shows, so no wonder this show is popular. I just really enjoyed this story as she kept intertwining things that happened in previous episodes into others…is this how the show works in real life??

9) Did you like this book? Did you find it beautiful? Is there a difference between your answers?

I’m not mad I read it…I enjoyed half of it, and honestly, Especially Heinous saved this one for me. It was the longest story, but best one in there. It gave me hope as I hit the halfway mark in the book, haha. A perk for me with this book is the fact that there’s only 8 stories, so it makes this feel like a quick read. I broke down reading this by just reading a story at a time. This was definitely out of my normal realm of books I read, but I’m glad I read it!! I never wanted to stop reading it and mark this as DNF, it peaked my interest enough to wonder, what story will be next! Because for a story I didn’t care for, there was one I really did enjoy. Can’t win ’em all, but I’m so happy I decided to read this one! Our answers vary in quite a few places, but that’s what makes the world go ’round!

I hope you enjoyed this cross over buddy post and please, go check out The Literary Elephant’s post and comment to let us know what you thought!!!