A to Z Challenge Book Reviews

My Languishing TBR: X #AtoZChallenge2023 #Books #BookReviews

X is for 30

Learn more about the challenge here.

I’m doing folklore and book review posts to reach and please a larger audience. Previous years have shown select interest in both and to minimise blogging throughout the year, I’m focusing my efforts on April.

Focusing on an A to Z of my TBR (to be read) list, each letter will have books starting with that letter on my list, a book I’ve read and reviewed (with the review!) and one of my books matching the letter with a link about more info about the book (I’ve published some new books, so take a look).

I chose the books this year quite randomly from my Goodreads Want to Read page. Some are quite creatively added to letters.

I know there were suggestions in last year’s Reflection post that I skip my TBR and just get on with the review, but I like knowing what I have left to read for each letter (and how far I’ve come with all the reading challenges I’ve done) so things are staying the same. Scroll down to the reviews if you’re not interested in what my TBR still contains. FYI, you might encounter issues with commenting if you don’t tick all the boxes marked as mandatory (especially the privacy one).

Let the fun begin!

If you’d rather check out my folklore post for today, go here.


Books that start with numbers.

About the Book I’ve Read

30 Seconds by Chrys Fey

*30 Seconds is a novella.*

When Officer Blake Herro agreed to go undercover in the Mob, he thought he understood the risks. But he’s made mistakes and now an innocent woman has become their target. He’s determined to protect her at all costs.

The Mob’s death threat turns Dr. Dani Hart’s life upside down, but there is one danger she doesn’t anticipate. As she’s dodging bullets, she’s falling in love with Blake. With danger all around them, will she and Blake survive and have a happy ending, or will the Mob make good on their threat?

Content Warning: on page sex, strong language, violence, guns

Check it out on Goodreads.

My Review

Dani reminds me a bit of the first class of residents in Grey’s Anatomy who live for their work – and dance things out.

It’s a good story, but I think this novella could have been a great novel if it had dual POV like most romance novels – and what the blurb led one to believe the structure would be. It almost felt with the cursing and some coarse language that the story was trying hard to fit into the gritty thriller side of things instead of romantic suspense.

I liked this second-chance romance – especially when she gets her memories back.

3 unicorn star rating

My Book

The 30 Day Author Platform Challenge

I hope you enjoyed this. For more books I’ve read and reviewed, check out either my Pinterest board about reviews or my Goodreads profile. Alternatively, you can check out my reviews on BookBub. Have you read any of the books? Loved or hated any of them?

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7 thoughts on “My Languishing TBR: X #AtoZChallenge2023 #Books #BookReviews”

  1. Thank you for spotlighting 30 Seconds! The blurb is written with dual POVs because that’s the format my publisher wants for romance blurbs, even if the story itself is in one POV. *shrug* Thank you for the review!

    1. You’re welcome 🙂 They should probably look into the expectations they create with sticking to this type of blurb — I’ve read many romance novels with a single POV that shows it clearly in the blurb = no confusion.

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