Saturdays at the Café

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Saturdays at the Café is a weekly feature hosted here to talk about and discuss the books I’ve discovered during the past week, added to my shelf and am excited about reading. They may be new/scheduled releases I’ve seen on NetGalley, at the library, or from publishers or they may be older titles my friends have reviewed and shared on Goodreads or blogs.


Somewhere between the darkness and the dawn lies a truth that could get them killed.

Years ago Asher Drake lost everything he loved. He had followed the rules, done the right thing, and was repaid with betrayal. Now, as leader of Option Zero, he plays by his own rules and handles things a different way. Ash knows he might not live to see another day, but one thing is certain, he will fight till his last breath for what’s right.

Out of dark desperation, Jules Stone became someone else. Having experienced the worst of humanity, she battles her demons by fighting for those who can’t fight for themselves. But the shadows linger. When an opportunity arises to repay a debt, Jules accepts the offer, hopeful that the shadows will disappear forever.

An enemy watches and waits for the perfect moment to strike, secure in the knowledge that power is the ultimate weapon and truth is only a matter of perception.

Ash and Jules must join forces and fight their demons together before the darkness becomes permanent and destroys them both.

This author writes great romantic suspense so when I saw this new upcoming release, I added it immediately. She’s been an auto read for years.


Nine Elms

From the breakthrough international best-selling author of The Girl in the Ice, a breathtaking novel about a disgraced female detective’s fight for redemption. And survival….

Kate Marshall was a promising young police detective when she caught the notorious Nine Elms serial killer. But her greatest victory suddenly turned into a nightmare. Traumatized, betrayed, and publicly vilified for the shocking circumstances surrounding the cannibal murder case, Kate could only watch as her career ended in scandal.

Fifteen years after those catastrophic events, Kate is still haunted by the unquiet ghosts of her troubled past. Now a lecturer at a small coastal English university, she finally has a chance to face them. A copycat killer has taken up the Nine Elms mantle, continuing the ghastly work of his idol.

Enlisting her brilliant research assistant, Tristan Harper, Kate draws on her prodigious and long-neglected skills as an investigator to catch a new monster. Success promises redemption, but there’s much more on the line: Kate was the original killer’s intended fifth victim…and his successor means to finish the job.

I’ve collected all of his books and can’t believe I haven’t started them yet. My friends rave about this author and I think I might just start with this new series.


The Wives

Imagine that your husband has two other wives.

You’ve never met the other wives. None of you know each other, and because of this unconventional arrangement, you can see your husband only one day a week. But you love him so much you don’t care. Or at least that’s what you’ve told yourself.

But one day, while you’re doing laundry, you find a scrap of paper in his pocket—an appointment reminder for a woman named Hannah, and you just know it’s another of the wives.

You thought you were fine with your arrangement, but you can’t help yourself: you track her down, and, under false pretenses, you strike up a friendship. Hannah has no idea who you really are. Then, Hannah starts showing up to your coffee dates with telltale bruises, and you realize she’s being abused by her husband. Who, of course, is also your husband. But you’ve never known him to be violent, ever.

Who exactly is your husband, and how far would you go to find the truth? Would you risk your own life?

And who is his mysterious third wife?

This was offered for audio review and I quickly accepted. This sounds SO good!


Inside Out

Famed American actress Demi Moore at last tells her own story in a surprisingly intimate and emotionally charged memoir.

For decades, Demi Moore has been synonymous with celebrity. From iconic film roles to high-profile relationships, Moore has never been far from the spotlight—or the headlines.

Even as Demi was becoming the highest paid actress in Hollywood, however, she was always outrunning her past, just one step ahead of the doubts and insecurities that defined her childhood. Throughout her rise to fame and during some of the most pivotal moments of her life, Demi battled addiction, body image issues, and childhood trauma that would follow her for years—all while juggling a skyrocketing career and at times negative public perception. As her success grew, Demi found herself questioning if she belonged in Hollywood, if she was a good mother, a good actress—and, always, if she was simply good enough.

As much as her story is about adversity, it is also about tremendous resilience. In this deeply candid and reflective memoir, Demi pulls back the curtain and opens up about her career and personal life—laying bare her tumultuous relationship with her mother, her marriages, her struggles balancing stardom with raising a family, and her journey toward open heartedness. Inside Out is a story of survival, success, and surrender—a wrenchingly honest portrayal of one woman’s at once ordinary and iconic life.

I let this go by when offered for audio review and then read so many great reviews. So, I’ve waited patiently in the library queue for the audiobook since it’s read by the author.


Everything My Mother Taught Me

In this haunting short story of loyalty and betrayal, a young woman in early 1900s Massachusetts discovers that in navigating her treacherous coming-of-age, she must find her voice first.

For fatefully observant Adeline, growing up carries an ominous warning from her adulterous mother: don’t say a word. Adeline vows to never speak again. But that’s not her only secret. After her mother takes a housekeeping job at a lighthouse off the tip of Cape Ann, a local woman vanishes. The key to the mystery lies with Adeline, the silent witness. New York Times bestselling author of The Rules of Magic Alice Hoffman crafts a beautiful, heart-wrenching short story.

One of my Goodreads friends raved about this short story so when I was offered this for audio review, I accepted it right away.


Ten Days Gone

They know exactly when he’ll strike… They just have to find him first.

In all their years working for the Baywood police department, detectives A.L. McKittridge and Rena Morgan have never seen anything like it. Four women dead in forty days, each killed ten days apart. With nothing connecting the victims and very little evidence, the clock is already counting down to when the next body drops. A.L. and Rena will have to act fast if they’re going to find the killer’s next victim before he does.

But identifying the killer’s next likely target is only half the battle. With pressure pushing in from all sides, a promising breakthrough leads the detectives to Tess Lyons, a woman whose past trauma has left her too damaged to appreciate the danger she’s in. Unwilling to let another woman die, A.L. and Rena will put everything on the line to keep Tess safe and end the killer’s deadly spree once and for all—before time runs out again.

This was also offered for review and I accepted because it sounds pretty interesting. New-to-me author so I’m hoping to discover and add a new writer to my list of favorites.


Undercover Romance

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 assist 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 while she’s determined to squelch the sparks between them before she gets burned.

Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra featured this in her Can’t Wait Wednesday post and I got excited because I have the first audiobook for review in this new series that I didn’t know was going to be a series.Another audiobook for review hopeful.


The Deception

After searching for her sister for two long years, Kate Gallagher is devastated when she’s called to the morgue to identify Chrissy’s body, the runaway teen the victim of a brutal attack. Guilt and grief send Kate into a tailspin. She failed Chrissy once…she won’t do it again. Even if finding her sister’s killer means following a lethal bounty hunter into the heart of darkness, placing both their lives in danger.

Working at Maximum Security has taken Jason Maddox down some dangerous paths, but never for a client he’s so drawn to, or for a case so monstrous. As clues lead them deeper into the city’s underbelly, connections to human trafficking draw them closer and closer to peril, but even Jase’s warnings can’t convince Kate to walk away. As the deadly operation puts a target on their backs, they’ll have to decide what matters most: the truth…or their lives.

I’ve collected most of the books by this author so I’ve added this new release.


Wicked Hour

In the second pulse-pounding novel in the USA Today bestselling Heirs of Chicagoland series, vampire Elisa Sullivan gets drawn into the shifting sands of Pack politics.

Vampires were made, not born—until Elisa Sullivan came along. As the only vampire child in existence, she grew up with a heavy legacy, and tried to flee her past. Then circumstances drew her back to Chicago, and she stayed to keep it safe. With shifter Connor Keene, the only son of Pack Apex Gabriel Keene, at her side, she faced down a supernatural evil that threatened to destroy Chicago forever.

After the dust from the attack has settled, Elisa is surprised when Connor invites her to a usually private Pack event in the north woods of Minnesota, and by the warm welcome she receives from some of Connor’s family, even though she’s a vampire. But the peace doesn’t last. The shifters tell tales of a monster in the woods, and when the celebration is marred by death, Elisa and Connor find themselves in the middle of a struggle for control that forces Elisa to face her true self—fangs and all.

This is the second book in a spinoff of the Chicagoland Vampires series. I’m collecting the books because I fully intend to finish the other series…soon!


What books did YOU add to your shelves this week?

22 thoughts on “Saturdays at the Café”

  1. Okay wow!! The Wives sounds insanely crazy but I want to read it right now! I have the Demi Moore book and have been reading it a little At a time because it’s too much for me at one time. I love her movies and find her story so heartbreaking! I really want to read the rest of your picks as well! Great picks Jo!💜 Have an awesome weekend!📚☕🌞💗

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  2. I sadly didn’t enjoy Everything my Mother Taught Me but I’m a fan of Hoffman’s writing and am chalking it up to a random miss on my end. I hope you enjoy the story! I’m really excited to try Undercover Bromance when it’s released 😀 Jen

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  3. I read Nine Elms and the Demi Moore book. Both good, but I preferred the thriller more. I love memoirs but then I feel that they get repetitive in the middle (of course just a blanket observation, but true for many I pick up). Nine Elms was just up to my tolerance point for violence & scariness– big wimp here 🙂 My first by that author and not to be my last.

    Hoffman used to be a go-to author for me. I read Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher so I would hope to pick up The Wives… and also Ten Days Gone. Thanks for spotlighting all these interesting reads!

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  4. OMG I want them all! Except Wicked Hour and that’s only because I have it and have read it. I also have the Undercover Bromance. But such an amazing selection of mystery/ suspense/ thriller and a non-fiction.

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

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  5. The wives, the Demi Moore memoir, Hoffman…who am I kidding? I want them all!😂
    I’d love to read The Undercover Bromance- it is in the Wish category for me, so I’ll have to wait until it is released. Will be so looking forward to your review of this one!
    Happy reading, dear Jonetta!❤❤❤📚📚📚

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  6. Maybe I will pick up the Nine Elms on audible. I have a credit to use. The Demi Moore book also sounds really good. I have the wives on audiobook and hope to listen to it this week. Some good additions this week, Jonetta.

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