30 Reviews in 30 Days – Day 2

“Things I Wanted to Say, But Never Did” by Monica Murphy – Review

BY: BRITTANY LEWIS


Whit Lancaster burst into my life like a storm. Dark and thunderous, furious and fierce. Cold, heartless and devastatingly beautiful, like the statues in our prep school gardens. The school with his family name on the sign. He can do no wrong here. This is his domain.

He’s a menace on campus. Adored and feared. Hated and respected. His taunting words carve into my skin, shredding me to ribbons. Yet his intense gaze scorches my blood, fills me with a longing I don’t understand.

When I stumble upon him one night alone, I find him broken. Bleeding. My instincts scream to leave and let him suffer, but I can’t. I sneak him into my room. Clean him up. Fall for his lies. Let him possess every single part of me until I’m the one left a gasping, broken mess.

When he leaves me alone in the dead of night, he takes my journal with him.

Now he knows all my secrets. My hate. My truth. And he promises to use my words against me. I’ll be ruined if my darkest secret gets out.

That’s when I strike a bargain with the devil.

I’ll let Whit Lancaster ruin me behind closed doors instead.

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Welcome back to Day 2 of my #30Reviewsin30Days! I hope you enjoy today’s review, it’s short, I’m tired . . . once again, I don’t remember much about this book.

“Thinks I wanted to Say, But Never Did” is another New Adult romance with a bully male love interest but this time the female protagonist has more badass in her.

Summer has a tragic past, including a sketchy step-brother and step-father and the content involving them require warnings. From what I recall there is no overly graphic scenes, but I would still caution away from reading this book if even a passing reference to rape is triggering to you. Take care of yourself, there’s better books out there you’re not missing much skipping this one.

I skimmed reviews today to remind myself of the plot and characters, and this quote summarizes what I do recall very succinctly.

Basically moral of this book is, all men are trash except for Whit.

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I do remember enjoying this book, it took me 10 days to finish but I’ve been having my Alexa assistant read my Kindle books to me before bed which has slowed my reading schedule down. I also had a busy beginning of the year finishing up my Preclinical Experience and Demonstration Teaching while finishing up my Masters in Education this past August (fyi why I have not written reviews in forever).

“Things I wanted to Say, But Never Did” had some great smut scenes and darker themes throughout but it did not draw me into reading more by Monica Murphy. As you will see in later reviews, I had moments I binged either series or an author’s catalogue of books. I even began rereading a series (we will go into detail on that when I get to Penelope Douglas in a couple days).

I am keeping strong with my 4 ☆ ☆☆☆ review because I enjoyed the darker themes and drama in this book.


Join me tomorrow for Day 2 of my 30 Days, 30 reviews where I talk about one of my new favorite author’s Ashley Jade’s book “The Words.” I’m pretty sure this is my 2nd favorite book I read this year 🙂

30 Reviews in 30 Days – Day 1

“Broken Hill High” by Sheridan Anne – Review

BY: BRITTANY LEWIS


‘Go live with Nate Ryder,’ they said.

‘Everything will be fine,’ they said.

Are they nuts?

Nate Ryder has been the bane of my existence for the past five years. He’s made it his personal mission to make my life a living hell and now my parents expect me to go and live with the guy for the foreseeable future.

No thanks. I’d rather gouge out my eyes with a toothpick than live with him and his little brother, Jesse. Only problem is, they have my parents wrapped around their little fingers, thinking they’re the good little boys they pretend to be.

But I know better, and so does the rest of Broken Hill High.

Nate Ryder is not to be messed with. He’s a bad boy through and through. A bully. A guy who doesn’t care who he has to step on to get what he wants. He’s the devil and he knows it.

Now that devil is my roommate.

I better hold on tight because this is going to be one bumpy ride. One where I can guarantee that I won’t come out the same.

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November marks a time of challenge. Some choose to participate in “No Nut November ” to bring awareness to testicular cancer while others challenge themselves to write a whole novel in 30 days for National Novel Writing Month aka NaNoWriMo. This year I’m taking on my own challenge, writing 30 book reviews in 30 days. #30Reviewsin30Days

It’s been a while since my last review – thanks Angie for keeping Reading Our Shelves going! – and I miss it. I’m rusty, but I think I’ll get the hang of it so please join me on this journey.

Besides November being 30 days, for my 2022 Goodreads Reading Challenge I chose my goal to be 30 books. As of three days ago, I completed reading 31 books (not counting about 4-5 of the children’s books I read with my class while at work). 30 seems to be my lucky number 🙂

So for the next 30 days, I will be posting a review every day going through the books in my Goodreads Reading Challenge.

The first book I read in 2022 was “Broken Hill High” by Sheridan Anne. This is the first book in a 5 book series. The second book, “Broken Hill Halo” was unfortunately put on my did not finish (DNR) list.

I rated “Broken Hill High” a 4/5, but I cannot recall why. Honestly I can barely remember the book at all. It melts together with a lot of what I’ve read the past 2-3 years, romance.

The concept of the book, and the series as a whole sounded like it was up my alley. An old friendship strained, a bully romance. Hell, I started my love of the subgenre with Penelope Douglas’ book “Bully”!

“Broken Hill High” just didn’t do it for me.

It had all the tropes and all the angst and New Adult themes and scenes, but the execution and writing just didn’t hold up. I was able to finish the book, apparently enjoying it since I rated it highly, but with the second book boring me enough to DNR it I cannot recommend this series.

What I do remember about this book is that the protagonist’s parents have to travel for work or something and request she stays with her mom’s friend, but because she is 17/18 and dislikes the older son of her mom’s friend the protagonist decides to stay at home. Something happens, I believe the male love interest – even though he bullied the protagonist the last few years – noticed she wasn’t eating and secretly cared for her, and the male love interest ends up kidnapping her. Eventually the two reconcile, mostly due to teenage hormones and close proximity rather than healthy or mature connections. The protagonist has a healthier friendship with the younger brother (2 year age gap I think?) than with the male love interest.

“Broken Hill High ” did not click with me, I can’t even remember the protagonist’s name and honestly I don’t care. The synopsis says the male love interest’s name is Nate, but it’s so inconsequential to this review. This book is just a copy and paste bully trope that thinking back was really boring. Because of that I am giving a new score of 2  ☆ ☆.


Join me tomorrow for Day 2 of my 30 Days, 30 reviews where I talk about Monica Murphy’s “Things I Wanted to Say, But Never Did.”

📕Cover Reveal📕 “Credence” by Penelope Douglas

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Credence, an all-new standalone New Adult romance by Penelope Douglas, is coming January 14, 2020!

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Tiernan de Haas doesn’t care about anything anymore. The only child of a film producer and his starlet wife, she’s grown up with wealth and privilege but not love or guidance. Shipped off to boarding schools from an early age, it was still impossible to escape the loneliness and carve out a life of her own. The shadow of her parents’ fame followed her everywhere.

And when they suddenly pass away, she knows she should be devastated. But has anything really changed? She’s always been alone, hasn’t she?

Jake Van der Berg, her father’s stepbrother and her only living relative, assumes guardianship of Tiernan who is still two months shy of eighteen. Sent to live with him and his two sons, Noah and Kaleb, in the mountains of Colorado, Tiernan soon learns that these men now have a say in what she chooses to care and not care about anymore. As the three of them take her under their wing, teach her to work and survive in the remote woods far away from the rest of the world, she slowly finds her place among them.

And as a part of them.

And she also realizes that lines blur and rules become easy to break when no one else is watching.

One of them has her.

The other one wants her.

But he…

He’s going to keep her.

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About Penelope: Penelope Douglas is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her books have been translated into fourteen languages and include The Fall Away Series, The Devil’s Night Series, and the stand-alones, Misconduct, Punk 57, and Birthday Girl. Please look for Kill Switch (Devil’s Night #3), available now.

She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and their daughter.

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