June Reads

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My read list for June is shorter than other months. I went through a reading slump, but I back into high gear and I expect July’s list to be much longer.

June’s Read List

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The first rule of book club: You don’t talk about book club.

Nashville Legends second baseman Gavin Scott’s marriage is in major league trouble. He’s recently discovered a humiliating secret: his wife Thea has always faked the Big O. When he loses his cool at the revelation, it’s the final straw on their already strained relationship. Thea asks for a divorce, and Gavin realizes he’s let his pride and fear get the better of him.

Welcome to the Bromance Book Club.

Distraught and desperate, Gavin finds help from an unlikely source: a secret romance book club made up of Nashville’s top alpha men. With the help of their current read, a steamy Regency titled Courting the Countess, the guys coach Gavin on saving his marriage. But it’ll take a lot more than flowery words and grand gestures for this hapless Romeo to find his inner hero and win back the trust of his wife.

Summary from Goodreads

I had to try out this book because of the premise of the Bromance Book Club. I was not disappointed. There were some laugh out loud moments, interspersed with truly heartfelt, real-life problems that couples go through. I thought both Gavin and Thea were well-drawn characters, and I liked humor and the sweetness of some of the romance. There are some sex scenes, but you can easily skip over them if they’re not your thing.


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It’s a day in the life of your average househusband—if your average househusband is the legendary yakuza “the Immortal Dragon”!

A former yakuza legend leaves it all behind to become your everyday househusband. But it’s not easy to walk away from the gangster life, and what should be mundane household tasks are anything but!

He was the fiercest member of the yakuza, a man who left countless underworld legends in his wake. They called him “the Immortal Dragon.” But one day he walked away from it all to walk another path—the path of the househusband! The curtain rises on this cozy yakuza comedy!

Summary from Goodreads

Every once in awhile I get a hankering to read some manga. My first foray into manga was Death Note, so The Way of the Househusband is a little more humorous than I usually go for. Apparently this type of manga is called a gag manga (as in comedy gag). There’s not really a cohesive story, more like several different gags based around the premise. I still found it delightful, and have the second volume to read at home.


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From debut author Amy K. Green comes a devastating tale of psychological suspense: a teen pageant queen is found murdered in a small New England town, and her sister’s search for answers unearths more than she bargained for.

Days after a young teenager named Jenny is found murdered, her small town grieves the loss alongside her picture-perfect parents. At first glance, Jenny’s tragic death appears clear-cut for investigators. In the murder of a former pageant queen from a safe and loving family, the most obvious suspect is a fan who got too close for comfort. But Jenny’s sarcastic, older half-sister Virginia isn’t so sure of his guilt and takes matters into her own hands to find the killer.

But for Jenny’s case and and Virginia’s investigation, there’s more to the story. Virginia, still living in town and haunted by her own troubled teenage years, suspects that a similar darkness lay beneath the sparkling veneer of Jenny’s life. Alternating between Jenny’s final days and Virginia’s determined search for the truth, the sisters’ dual narratives follow a harrowing trail of suspects, with surprising turns that race toward a shocking finale. 

Summary from Goodreads

The Prized Girl shocked me, both in how riveting it was and how much I liked it. I usually don’t go for novels where the outcome isn’t “happy”, per se, but this was so well written that I couldn’t help myself.


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Special Agent Pendergast arrives at an exclusive Colorado ski resort to rescue his protégée, Corrie Swanson, from serious trouble with the law. His sudden appearance coincides with the first attack of a murderous arsonist who–with brutal precision–begins burning down multimillion-dollar mansions with the families locked inside. After springing Corrie from jail, Pendergast learns she made a discovery while examining the bones of several miners who were killed 150 years earlier by a rogue grizzly bear. Her finding is so astonishing that it, even more than the arsonist, threatens the resort’s very existence.

Drawn deeper into the investigation, Pendergast uncovers a mysterious connection between the dead miners and a fabled, long-lost Sherlock Holmes story–one that might just offer the key to the modern day killings as well.

Now, with the ski resort snowed in and under savage attack–and Corrie’s life suddenly in grave danger–Pendergast must solve the enigma of the past before the town of the present goes up in flames.

Summary from Goodreads

White Fire is the 13th novel in the Pendergast series. This novel continues the suspense and unique plots that I’ve come to appreciate and expect from Preston and Child. I’m glad that I have quite a few more books to go in the series.


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An edgy and haunting debut novel about a group of friends who reunite after one of them has returned from a mysterious two-year disappearance.

Julie is missing, and the missing don’t often return. But Elise knows Julie better than anyone, and she feels in her bones that her best friend is out there, and that one day she’ll come back. She’s right. Two years to the day that Julie went missing, she reappears with no memory of where she’s been or what happened to her.

Summary from Goodreads

I never intend to dip into the horror genre, but when I do I sometimes don’t regret it. This is one of those times, this time with this horror-thriller by Rachel Harrison. The Return is a novel that will chill you to the bone but not enough to dissuade someone like this scaredy-cat to not read it. A great, fast read.


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Braden Mack thinks reading romance novels makes him an expert in love, but he’ll soon discover that real life is better than fiction. 

Liv Papandreas has a dream job as a sous chef at Nashville’s hottest restaurant. Too bad the celebrity chef owner is less than charming behind kitchen doors. After she catches him harassing a young hostess, she confronts him and gets fired. Liv vows revenge, but she’ll need assistance to take on the powerful chef.

Unfortunately, that means turning to Braden Mack. When Liv’s blackballed from the restaurant scene, the charismatic nightclub entrepreneur offers to help expose her ex-boss, but she is suspicious of his motives. He’ll need to call in reinforcements: the Bromance Book Club.

Inspired by the romantic suspense novel they’re reading, the book club assists Liv in setting up a sting operation to take down the chef. But they’re just as eager to help Mack figure out the way to Liv’s heart… even though she’s determined to squelch the sparks between them before she gets burned.

Summary from Goodreads

I had to read the second Bromance Book Club book, this time centering on Braden Mack, who was a funny, and interesting addition to the first book. I like Braden Mack as a character. I am not a fan of Liv, his love interest. She was in the first book too, and honestly, she just always rubbed me the wrong way. However, as a whole, I like the story, and the humor was still evident, as well as the in depth characterization. A light, humorous, interlude between dark thrillers and suspenseful mysteries.


What did you read for June?

That’s it for June Reads. Now on to July!

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