My June Reads

Tuesday is the first day of summer, and I am definitely feeling the change in temperature! It is H-O-T out there!

Whether you enjoy reading in the air conditioning or lounging by a pool, here is a list of my latest reads since My May Reads post!

I have been extremely busy with writing, but always seem to find the time to enjoy a good book (or two… or ten!) every month.

Reading in June

Like most months, I found myself reading a good assortment of genres for the month of June.

Hopefully you’ll find the one that most interests you by the end of this list of books!

Let’s go!

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

Published in 2020

My Dark Vanessa

I never thought I would use the words “must-read” and “cringe worthy” in the same sentence.

A naive fifteen-year-old becomes entangled in a relationship with her much older teacher, and as an adult, reflects on her experiences and decisions. As the reader it was hard to hear about a student being taken advantage of in a situation such as this.

However I found the book so well written and unfortunately necessary in today’s society. Having listened to the audiobook, I can also say the narrator was remarkable. She truly understood the essence of Vanessa.

Highly recommend!

Heartstopper: Volume 3 by Alice Oseman

Published in 2020

Heartstopper Volume 3

So at this point, after reading both Volume 1 and 2, have completely fallen in love with Nick and Charlie.

Their relationship continues to give me all the feels.

I really appreciated how this work in particular showcased them navigating how to tell others about their relationship.

They are so respectful of one another and always ensuring the other one is okay… #Relationshipgoals.

Now the only question remaining is will I equally love Volume 4 because you know I’m reading that one next!

Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

Published in 2020

Home Before Dark

I have been a Riley Sager fan for awhile, and Home Before Dark may be my new favorite! Unputdownable!!!

Do you believe in ghosts?

Twenty five years ago, Maggie’s parents took Maggie and ran from Baneberry Hall, swearing they’d never return. Her father released a tell-all book detailing what happened during their time living there.

But can you believe everything you read?

Maggie is about to find out if there is any truth to her father’s book as she returns to the childhood home that may still be haunted by the same ghosts.

Five stars!

Barefoot by Elin Hilderbrand

Published in 2007


Three women, Brenda, Vicki and Melanie are about to spent their summer together on Nantucket.

Loved the setting, loved the characters and definitely loved the ending! I cried, I laughed and I feel pleasantly satisfied when I reached the end of this one.

I would recommend this to anyone who loves women’s fiction and strong women in the leading roles. My favorite character was definitely Vicki, and to be honest, I always found myself wanting to hear another chapter focused on her.

Fantastic read!

Books Courtesy of NetGalley

Each of the following books were provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Coming soon!

The Hidden One by Linda Castillo

Available July 5, 2022!

The Hidden One

Kate Burkholder is not only a (solid) police chief, but is also a former member of the Amish community. When an Amish bishop turns up dead, Kate is called in to help with the investigation.

Things are even more complicated in that her former sweetheart, Jonas, is actually accused or the murder.

What could drive someone to commit this act, and as a series of violent acts are taken against Kate, will she crack the case before it is too late?

LOVE the main character of Kate Burkholder, and I enjoyed the main plot line along with Kate’s flashbacks. An awesome read with the perfect female lead!

This book may be part of a series but it certainly serves well as a stand-alone.

And by one of my most favorite authors…

Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult

Available October 4, 2022

Mad Honey

Asher loved Lily, but when he finds Lily dead at the bottom of the staircase, all eyes turn to him with judgment and accusations.

After all, there were times, he grabbed her arms hard enough to leave bruises. And let’s not forget his father was an abuser as well.

But Asher’s mother, who is well known as the local beekeeper, refuses to let her son to to prison.

What is the truth?

There was a twist in the middle of this book that I did not see coming, and that element alone in today’s world is what warranted the five stars.

The ending was well done and executed perfectly. This is for sure going to be on must-read lists for the summer!

And one that is already available to own today!

The Bad Sister by J.A. Corrigan

Published in 2022

The Bad Sister

Admittedly, this book did take me a minute to get into and to recognize the main characters, but once it started rolling, I was hooked!

The Keane sisters all have secrets – some shared, some unique to each individual sister. While the beginning was more about figuring out who was who and trying to process prior events, the second half takes hold of you and keeps you on a wild ride until the final page!

Perfect for readers who enjoy solid character development and a slow burn!


Before You Go…

If you have not discovered Amazon’s new episodic reading platform yet, give it a chance! Check out my post, Fall in Love with a Kindle Vella Romance by clicking here, and find the Vella read that is right for you!

My most recent steamy romance Vella, Too Late, is officially complete!

The perfect beach read… Sandy Palmer just wanted one drink at the bar after a long day at work. She never asked for attention. She never asked for the guy across the bar to order her a second drink. She never asked for him to touch her. And she never asked for the guy in the corner to intervene… Don’t miss this steamy story about two strangers who met in a bar. (Description as provided to Kindle Vella)

Romance on Kindle Vella

CLICK HERE to start reading Too Late TODAY!

Have a safe and happy summer!

Published by Kristen Dutkiewicz

I am a an author, recently releasing six short-reads/novellas on Amazon, including my short read memoir about my journey with multiple sclerosis. I live in a suburb of Philadelphia with my fiance and two cats. When I am not writing, you can find me either exercising or reading!

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