Waiting On Wednesday: ‘Dominik’ by Sawyer Bennett (Arizona Vengence Book 6)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming releases that we are excited for.

I binged the first half of this series last year, and I cannot wait to be back with the Arizona Vengeance boys in this book … it’s going to be so good.

Published by: Big Dog Books

Expected Publication: 18th February 2020

I built myself up from nothing. A product of the foster care system, I learned early on how to fight hard to get what I want. Whether it was starting my first company in college, earning my first billion, or buying my first professional sports team, I know how to get what I want, when I want it.

Until now.

Willow Monahan is fierce, independent, and hot as hell. She also takes great pleasure in shutting down my advances. The younger sister of one of my star players, Willow intrigues me to my very core. And while she may have willingly given me her body, she is hesitant to offer up more. Now I’m on a mission to find out why.

I’ve decided to approach my desire for Willow like I’ve approached much of my life; with persistence, determination, and a whole lot of that Dominik Carlson alpha charm. Buying a hockey expansion team, building the Arizona Vengeance from the ground up, and bringing home a championship may prove to be an easier feat than winning Willow’s heart.

But I’ve never been a quitter.

Willow Monahan… I’m coming for you

Waiting On Wednesday: ‘Even If It Hurts’ by Marni Mann


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming releases that we are excited for.

This cover … and this author … It’s going to be brilliant; I just know it!

Published by: Self Published

Expected Publication: 28th January 2020

From USA Today best-selling author Marni Mann comes Even If It Hurts, an emotionally charged contemporary romance. When you have a perfect marriage, only an impossible reconnection could make you risk it all.

When I met her, I couldn’t take my eyes off her.
We were so young and so passionate.
We studied business in the day and each other’s bodies at night.
We always knew it would end with the semester, so we loved hard with no regrets.

When I met her, I couldn’t get her off my mind.
We were fresh out of college and ready to take on the world.
We fit each other like missing puzzle pieces.
And just when I thought my life was perfect, it got better. She became my wife.

I met my first love while studying abroad in London.
When I moved home, I didn’t think I’d ever fall in love again.
Until I met him. The man who became my husband.
The one I promised a lifetime to.

Then, my first love came back into my life …
And I realized that love was bigger than any one man.

Waiting On: ‘Love Her or Lose Her’ by Tessa Bailey (book 2

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming releases that we are excited for.


Published by: Avon

Expected Publication: 14th January 2020

New York Times bestselling author Tessa Bailey returns with a unique, sexy romantic comedy about a young married couple whose rocky relationship needs a serious renovation.

Rosie and Dominic Vega are the perfect couple: high school sweethearts, best friends, madly in love. Well, they used to be anyway. Now Rosie’s lucky to get a caveman grunt from the ex-soldier every time she walks in the door. Dom is faithful and a great provider, but the man she fell in love with ten years ago is nowhere to be found. When her girlfriends encourage Rosie to demand more out of life and pursue her dream of opening a restaurant, she decides to demand more out of love, too. Three words: marriage boot camp.

Never in a million years did Rosie believe her stoic, too-manly-to-emote husband would actually agree to relationship rehab with a weed-smoking hippy. Dom talking about feelings? Sitting on pillows? Communing with nature? Learning love languages? Nope. But to her surprise, he’s all in, and it forces her to admit her own role in their cracked foundation. As they complete one ridiculous—yet surprisingly helpful—assignment after another, their remodeled relationship gets stronger than ever. Except just as they’re getting back on track, Rosie discovers Dom has a secret… and it could demolish everything.

Waiting On Wednesday: ‘You Were There Too’ by Colleen Oakley


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming releases that we are excited for.


Published by: Berkley

Expected Publication: 7th January 2020

Acclaimed author Colleen Oakley delivers a heart-wrenching and unforgettable love story about a woman who must choose between the man she loves and the man fate has chosen for her in a novel that reminds us that the best life is one led by the heart.

Mia Graydon’s life looks picket-fence perfect; she has the house, her loving husband, and dreams of starting a family. But she has other dreams too — unexplained, recurring ones starring the same man. Still, she doesn’t think much of them, until a relocation to small-town Pennsylvania brings her face to face with the stranger she has been dreaming about for years. And this man harbors a jaw-dropping secret of his own—he’s been dreaming of her too.

Determined to understand, Mia and this not-so-stranger search for answers. But when diving into their pasts begins to unravel her life in the present, Mia emerges with a single question—what if? 


BLOGMAS DAY 28 REVIEW: Painted Ponies by Alison Lester

Published: 5th November 2019

Publisher: Allen & Unwin Australia

Pages: 32

Format: hardback  picture book (hired from the library)

RRP: $24.99

4/5 Stars 

A little girl whose family runs a travelling show falls in love with some wild ponies…but what will she do when she realises they long to be set free?

Matilda loves staying at Grandma Lucky’s, riding Luna in the front paddock and playing with the painted ponies in their carved wooden wagon.

The gold palomino, the chestnut, the bay,
the pinto, the brown and the dappley grey.

One day, Lucky tells Matilda about when she was a little girl and the real ponies were her friends…

A big, beautiful story about friendship and freedom, from Australia’s favourite picture book creator, Alison Lester.

Alison Lester has a number of horse themed picture books under her belt, but its The Painted Ponies that stands out as the book you won’t forget. Continue reading

BLOGMAS Day 22 REVIEW: That Christmas Feeling by Lili Wilkinson and illustrated by Amanda Francey

Published:  27th September 2017

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

Pages: 32

Format: Hardback Picture book (borrowed from the library)


4/5 Stars

Dottie is waiting for the Christmas feeling to arrive—that fizzy, excited feeling, where everything is a bit magical. But this year, Dottie, her brother, Jem, and their dog, Shortbread, are staying with Grandma and Grandpa. Grandma and Grandpa are trying hard, but Christmas just isn’t the same . . . A gorgeous, heart-warming story about misplacing the Christmas spirit, and finding it again.

I’m totally feeling Dottie this year and am missing that Christmas feeling myself.

Dottie and Jem are staying with their Grandparents. Which under normal circumstances would be a happy affair, but it’s Christmas and their Grandparents just aren’t doing Christmas right!

That Christmas Feeling contrasts Dottie and Jem’s previous Christmas experiences with their parents versus the lead up with their Grandparents both visually and verbally. As the days leading up to Christmas race by in a blur, Dottie grows increasingly anxious that none of their usual Christmas traditions are being upheld. It’s the lack of these usual activities (baking, decorating etc) that she feels is to blame for the lack of Christmas spirit and feeling.

In a clever twist, That Christmas Feeling is a book that is simultaneously very festive (speaks about Christmas traditions, presents, a dog named Shortbread and a character named Holly) and yet lacks a distinct festive feeling as Dottie struggles to find hers. This is achieved through the clever use of contrast in colour – flashbacks to previous Christmases are bright and clearer, whereas the current one is muted in colour and lacks that sense of Christmas magic – and tone – Dottie is detailing the many ways this Christmas is not like previous ones and why it feels so wrong!

That Christmas Feeling is a narrative about so much more than just the led up to Christmas. It’s about the bond between siblings, trust, faith, home, and family. I was really moved by the interactions between Dottie and Jem, and the way he constantly reassured her and took her outside to see a unique twist on the missing Christmas elements (eg trees and lights being the stars in the sky).

But perhaps the most unique aspect of this picture book is the narrative twist at the end. I’m not going to spoil it here, but I was so overjoyed at seeing such an unexpected twist and plot device used so effectively in a picture book.  It’s not the kind of twist I’m used to seeing that’s for sure.

To purchase a copy of That Christmas Feeling, visit the following online retailers:

Allen & Unwin | Amazon AUS | Amazon US | Angus & Robertson | Booktopia | Book Depository | Dymocks | QBD |

To learn more about Lili Wilkinson, visit the following social media pages:

Lili Wilkinson’s Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube

To learn more about Amanda Francey, visit the following social media pages:

Amanda Francey’s Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Pinterest |