Always You by Samantha Young

5 STARS

Release Date: April 26, 2022

SYNOPSIS: Arrochar Adair has loved her brother’s ex-bodyguard and best friend, Mac Galbraith, for years. Once upon a time, she was too young for him, but now that she’s a mature woman in her thirties, Arro can see no issue with their difference in age. Yet something deeper, a problem much more difficult to surmount, is keeping them apart. Mac Galbraith remembers clearly the night Arro became everything to him, no longer just his best friend and boss’s younger sister. However, having made many mistakes over the years, there is one mistake Mac is determined not to make: to believe that he is worthy of Arrochar Adair. Allowing them to grow closer during his daughter, Robyn’s, return has proven his undoing. And when Arro forces the subject of their relationship, his response pushes her away. He just never meant for it to destroy them completely. Devastated by Mac’s final rejection, Arro is determined to move on without him in her life, though he seems intent on staying put. And when the Adair family face a new threat, one that may have ties to Mac’s past, Arro can’t seem to be rid of the man. In fact, Mac will do anything to protect her. But with so much hurt between them, will Arro let Mac close enough to guard her from their enemy… before it’s too late?


Always You is Book 3 in the Adair Family Series!


REVIEW: THIS SERIES! I’m absolutely in love with this series. I actually re-read book one, Here With Me, after reading book 2, There With You, just so I could be prepared for this one. I have been dying for Mac and Arro’s story since we caught glimpses of them and their connection in book one. Mac is such a wonderful character. Seeing him rebuild his relationship with Robyn in book one, and his support of Robyn and Reagan in book two, made me really interested in him as a male character. It was great to see his background, and get to know his hangups that were stopping him and Arro from being together. Arro has also been a great character throughout this series, and getting to know her better and seeing her love for Mac was really heartwarming. These two have definitely been on a heartbreaking journey that was rarely easy throughout this whole book, but it made me that much more happy for them at the end. The romantic suspense was a lot in this one, but honestly the relationship between Mac and Arro stole the show! The Adair family just keeps growing, and they’re some of my favorites as they are ridiculously supportive of one another. It’s really the merging of two families so far, which seems weird, but it’s also so amazing. I think that’s one of the things I love about this whole series, that everything’s a little out of the ordinary. There’s the romantic suspense aspect that adds to the storylines, but also the character connections are not normal in the best way.

I’m a little worried for the next book, only because of seeing the two brothers interactions with Eredine. I’m already leaning towards one over the other, and I really hope it works out that way. Can you tell I’m not a love triangle fan? Haha. I’m very interested to see what happens with the rest of the series in general, and I cannot wait to read them!

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Samantha is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of over forty books, several of which have been nominated for Goodreads Choice Awards. She writes adult contemporary and paranormal romance, YA urban fantasy and YA contemporary fiction. Her books have been published in 28 languages in 30 countries. She resides in Scotland.

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Reason to Believe by Rebecca Yarros

5 STARS

Release Date: April 26, 2022

SYNOPSIS: “I’ll take them!” That’s what I tell the social worker when my pre-k student and his baby brother need an emergency foster placement. I’ll do anything to keep the brothers from being split up. But my apartment’s flooded and there’s only one house I can take them to on such short notice…his. Knox Daniels, my older brother’s best friend, offers his new place without hesitation. He’s not moving back to our tiny town until next month—that’s when all our hotshot firefighters are returning for their one and only chance to rebuild our fathers’ fallen, iconic crew. It doesn’t matter that I’ve been silently in love with Knox since we were kids. It can’t matter that we pretend that reckless prom night kiss never happened. It won’t matter that my feelings for him could destroy his lifelong friendship with my brother and threaten the certification of their hotshot crew. Because I’ll be out of his house long before he gets back. Except Knox just walked in…a month early. And the icing on this awkward cake? He’s gorgeous as always and I’m covered in baby puke. He takes one look at the boys and tells me we can make this work— We can temporarily fake a relationship to keep them from being separated by the system. Suddenly, everything matters.


REVIEW: This story made me feel all of the freaking emotions! As soon as I read the blurb for this book, I knew I needed to read it. It did not disappoint in any way. Rebecca Yarros is so good at giving the reader an emotional ride between characters. Even when they go through really difficult situations, and don’t handle things well, I’m completely invested in the situation and what’s gonna happen to the characters in this book! I also love a good brother’s best friend romance, and this one definitely was a great example of the trope. Oh, Harper stole my heart. The chemistry between her and Knox from the very first scene we get of them is just so good. Then seeing her care for Liam and Jamie, I just fell absolutely head over heels for her as a main character. Between her taking care of kids, the way the forced proximity happens, and the heart ache they go through, I was 100% in love with the story. I loved all the side characters as well and so I’m really excited to see where the story series goes!!

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Rebecca Yarros is the Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of over fifteen novels, including Great and Precious Things and The Last Letter. “A gifted storyteller” (Kirkus), she is also the recipient of the Colorado Romance Writer’s Award of Excellence for Eyes Turned Skyward from her Flight and Glory series.

Rebecca loves military heroes and has been blissfully married to hers for almost twenty years. She’s the mother of six children, ranging from kindergarten to law school, and is currently surviving the teenage years with three of her four hockey-playing sons. When she’s not writing, you can find her at the hockey rink or sneaking in some guitar time while guzzling coffee. She and her family live in Colorado with their stubborn English bulldogs, two feisty chinchillas, and a Maine Coon kitten named Artemis, who rules them all.

Having fostered then adopted their youngest daughter who is nonverbal and on the autism spectrum, Rebecca is passionate about helping children in the foster system through her nonprofit, One October, which she co-founded with her husband in 2019. To learn more about their mission to better the lives of kids in foster care, visit www.oneoctober.org.

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How Good It Was by Scarlett Cole

5 STARS

Release Date: February 22, 2022

SYNOPSIS: Willow – Love’s an illusion.
Everyone around her is out for what they can get, except a drummer who wanted nothing more than a steamy one-night stand. Two blue lines later, she’s on the fast track to career destruction as America’s number one wholesome content creator. Saving her reputation and collaborations will require a plan and a little social media fakery. Okay, a lot. Like twelve months of pretending to build a family with the rockstar of her dreams.
Luke – Love’s an anchor. Responsibilities and lack of band success have kept him trapped. But now, with the band suddenly making it big and his family obligations gone, life is off the rails. Yet fame, women, and arena tours only go so far in helping keep his pain buried.
Until one of the most spectacular nights of his life comes back to haunt him. She saved his career, now she wants him to help save hers.
A baby. A fake relationship. And a million dollars. Is it the perfect arrangement to avoid responsibilities? Or a deal guaranteed to ruin them both?


REVIEW: I absolutely adored this one. I’m so glad I found this series, because I’ve loved every book so far. The connections between the band members are really deep and meaningful. It’s been awesome to see them grow and learn to love/support each other better. The main female characters have all added something to the group and grown with the men. This series just have so much heart. Luke started off as a strong presence in book one, but after everything happened with his best friend and sister he kind of pulled away from the band, while simultaneously falling into some very bad habits. It was really good to see him grow into himself and recognize all he’s been through. He’s done some great things when handed some not so great situations. Luke just ended up being such a realistic character, and I enjoyed getting to know him better.
Willow happens to be the influencer that played the band’s song, which was the exposure they needed to get signed with a label. Willow has experienced all the good and bad of being an influencer. The author did an amazing job of showing both sides of social media fame and how it can greatly impact not only the person’s life, but everyone around them. Watching them both navigate fame, their own difficult experiences, and fall for one another made this one captivating read. They both have been hurt in different ways and just seeing them deal with that and help each other through it was really wonderful. I think what I like about this book is the realistic way they have to analyze, and then come to terms with their experiences that are impacting them as adults. I also love the normalization of therapy as a tool to analyze yourself and grow. I was just so happy at the end of this book, and I cannot wait for the next one. Alex’s story is sure to be one of my favorites. I have been copying quotes of Alex throughout all three books, because he’s such a ridiculously awesome character. I cannot wait to see his story. Thank you to Scarlett Cole and Wildfire Marketing Solutions for the eARC in exchange for an honest review!

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The tattoo across my right hip says it all really. A Life Less Ordinary. Inked by the amazingly talented Luke Wessman at the Wooster Street Social Club (a.k.a. New York Ink). Why is it important? Well, it sums up my view on life. That we should all aspire to live a life that is less boring, less predictable. Be bold, and do something amazing. I’ve made some crazy choices. I’ve been a car maker, a consultant, and even a senior executive at a large retailer running strategy. Born in England, spent time in the U.S. and Japan, before ending up in Canada where I met my own, personal hero – all six and a half feet of him. Both of us are scorpios! Yeah, I know! Should have checked the astrological signs earlier, but somehow it works for us. We have two amazing kids, who I either could never part with or could easily be convinced to sell on e-bay. I’ve wanted to be a writer for a really long time. Check through my office cupboards or my computer and you’ll find half written stories and character descriptions everywhere. Now I’m getting the chance to follow that dream. I am represented by Beth Phelan at The Bent Agency, NY.

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Sins of Seduction by Nicole Banks

Release Date: February 10, 2022

SYNOPSIS: Such a pretty little Raven.
The unattainable.
The Goddess amongst men, but they crave her just the same.
They all look to clip her wings—desperate to cage her, not knowing freedom is all she’ll ever seek.
Such a pretty little Raven.
Soaring high in the sky, fleeing from a past that haunts her in the dark.
She’ll never be free of it even when she finds her savor to guide her flight.
She’ll seek salvation in him while she taints his light.
There are demons in the dark eager to taste her flesh,
And they’ll bleed her dry while they burn her world.
It’s such a pretty sight,
Watching a Raven desperate to take flight,
Trying to escape but the darkness she created has plucked out her wings,
Leaving her defenseless and broken.
Such a pretty little Raven,
Your screams will fill the night air,
And when your heart stops beating,
The world will no longer be in despair.


REVIEW: This was my first book by this author, and I really enjoyed parts of this book. The sex positivity was refreshing, even if it took Jax a while to get there. I think Jax’s struggles in the beginning of their relationship–that are alluded to and mentioned, because the book starts 5 years after they broke off a 10 year relationship–are very realistic. Unfortunately, he lashed out at Raven with his own insecurities and upbringing. As I learned about how far he has come and all the work he has done on himself, it made me really appreciate him as he currently was. The current Jax is definite book boyfriend material. Raven is a strong, successful female character. She knows what she likes and wants, and isn’t willing to compromise that! Their chemistry is off the charts as well. The author does a good job describing realistic parts of sexual encounters that romance books often leave out, which I sincerely appreciated. Plus, there is a stalker/murder on the loose that is targeting Raven. All of this is the perfect recipe for an amazing book!

There are a lot of layers to this story and messy parts. When it comes to the murder, some evidence is not handled very well by a couple people, and I wanted to smack them both. One of my personal no-go’s that makes me DNF a book happens around half way through, which really sucked, because I was enjoying it so much prior to that moment. You can find full spoilers below. Anyway, it’s a twisted ride and I think many readers will enjoy this book.

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I recommend going in blind to this one, but I want to share my thoughts on what completely killed my interest. It was a combination of things, with one big thing that resulted in me losing my interest in the female character.

Let’s start with the romantic suspense part. Jax is an ex-detective. His ex-partner, Cruz, who he has known since high school hates Raven with a passion. Of course, he is the lead detective on the murder that takes place in her club. This right here has some potential, but a couple things happened that made it not feel real to me. Raven is totally traumatized by the fact that someone was murdered in her club and she sees the dead body. Cruz is a complete ass to her in the aftermath, going as far as to harass and blame her during questioning, when there is proof she was no where near the person killed when everything happened. Not only that, but he receives two notes that threaten Raven around the beginning of the investigation, and he doesn’t tell his partner or chief about them, even though Raven brought up that she has been receiving weird gifts for years now from someone anonymous. Plus, the chief knows that Cruz hates Raven, but she keeps him on the case? All of this just frustrated me.

Needless to say that I was already frustrated by the aforementioned, so that when I got to a part that included a big no-go for me, I was just done. Raven is alone in the club after what went down (also not smart), and she gets a note that is semi-threatening, as well as seems to be written by her ex-girlfriend she dated after breaking up with Jax. A note she does not mention to anyone. The issue with this is that Raven loved her ex-girlfriend, but it wasn’t working so she broke it off, and said ex-girlfriend lost it and then killed herself. Raven found her. Then her assistant comes in and scares the crap out of her. Raven sees the ex-girlfriend in the assistant, who is now all up in her space. The assistant pulls Raven’s hand to cup between her legs. Raven still feels reminded of her ex-girlfriend ends up fingering her assistant. This is where I was just done. This whole scene in and of itself it not completely horrible, until you take in the fact that Jax has been working on himself and his hangups around group sex in order to be with Raven. He has been coming to her club for a year and not hooking up with anyone else, just watching, getting comfortable, and learning how to accept his desires, so he can make it work with Raven. Before the murder, she pulls him into a group scene that he wouldn’t have participated in before, and he goes all in. He continually tells her he’s all in, and that he wants to be with her. They go home together and sleep together multiple times. And how does she repay all of his hard work, by fingering her assistant while thinking about her ex-girlfriend the first time she is away from him?! I lost it. Honestly, I stopped liking her right there. This is obviously a personal preference, and I’m sure some readers won’t think too much of this whole scene. Raven is honest with Jax about it after the fact, but I don’t think that fixes it.

Another thing that bothers me about this whole, messing around with the assistant thing, is that it’s crossing boundaries and it makes it seem like people who like to share their partner, cannot be faithful to their partner. There is a difference between an open relationship and a relationship where the couple likes to share as a kink. In my mind there is a difference between you and your partner having a kink together, versus you hooking up with other people without them there. And not just anyone, but the person you work most closely to every day. As you can tell, this just completely ruined it for me. I wish it didn’t, but it did.

Excess All Areas Series by Scarlett Cole

5 STARS

Release Date: September 21, 2021

SYNOPSIS: Matt – Loving Izabel Bryson should be the easiest thing in the world. Heck, she’s been the inspiration for at least half a dozen of the songs he’s written for his rock band, Sad Fridays. He’s loved her for a decade. But she’s his best friend and fellow-band mate’s little sister, and he promised a decade ago that he’d never put his hands on her. She can never be his, no matter how much he craves her.
Izabel – Loving Matt Palmer is the most hopeless thing in the world.The hours she spends working at the Manchester homeless shelter only go so far in distracting her from the painful truth. He doesn’t want her. Because she screwed up that awful night two years before when she slept with Matt’s brother. He will never be hers, no matter how much she yearns for him. When a good deed leads to one bed, and one night of ruthless honesty, everything is laid bare. They belong together, but acting on it will cost them everything.


REVIEW:I originally picked this one up, because I found the blurb for the second book. I am so glad I picked it up first. I absolutely LOVED this book. It pulled at all my heartstrings. Matt and Izabel’s situation was pretty tragic and their journey was a total mess, but man was I completely invested in them getting their HEA. Both of them had rough childhood experiences that have definitely impacted them as adults, but I enjoyed the depth this added to their characters. I also loved learning the band’s dynamics and meeting Nan! It was hard to read Matt and Jase’s interactions at times, but despite Jase being a complete jerk, I still felt bad for him through all of it and I’m glad his book is next. While I’m excited to get all the band member’s stories, I think I really want Alex’s the most!! Alex completely intrigued me in this book, and I can’t wait to see how he pops up in others while we wait for his story!


4.5 STARS

Release Date: November 26, 2021

SYNOPSIS: Jase – Love sucks. Especially when your own brother and fellow band-mate stole the woman you were in love with. Sitting in a Michigan recording studio with him, singing lyrics he wrote about her, is a special kind of torture. The only thing more frustrating might be the producer’s assistant who radiates sunshine and has more motivational quotes than a greeting card company.
Cerys – Love rocks. Heavy guitars, a voice with the burn of pure single malt, and lyrics that distil the meaning of love are the greatest things. If only the man singing didn’t have a temperament as foul as the Michigan winter. Jase sitting in her car while yelling at her to get him out of there is a surprise. Why she hits the accelerator and takes him to her father’s cabin on the lake is an even greater mystery. How was she supposed to know they’d end up snowed in for days? Or that when they got out again, their relationship, and her views on love, would be changed irrevocably?


REVIEW: Oh, I just absolutely loved this couple!! I saw this blurb and knew I needed to read this book, but I always feel like I have to read a series in order, so I picked up book 1 first. I am SO glad I did that. I absolutely loved One Day Like This. Also, it made this book much better, since we meet Jase then too. He was a complete mess as the antagonist of book 1, and I really wanted to learn his story. The childhood experiences that he endured were tragic, and it was heartbreaking to see how they impacted his relationship to his brother and cousins in the band. Watching him grow throughout this book was therapeutic, honestly. Cerys could definitely think about a backup career in therapy. She was PERFECT for Jase. After the not so great beginning, the way their relationship developed was so heartwarming. This is one of those books where the relationship is solid, but everything around them is messy. Which makes the ending even more satisfying. Plus, at the end we get a sneak peek of the next book, and let me tell you, I CANNOT wait for How Good It Was!!!


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Four-time RITA finalist, Scarlett Cole, is a contemporary romantic suspense / contemporary romance author (represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency) who calls both Toronto, Canada and Manchester, England home. A born city dweller, she periodically quashes the urge to live in the country by hiking up a mountain to remind herself that living away from people would terrify the pants off her. She believes everybody deserves their love story to be told and loves her heroes on the rough and rugged side…and usually tall (because she married one of those 6ft 6” men you read about in romance!). She’s an A-type personality and Scorpio star sign, so good luck getting her to do anything she doesn’t want to. When she isn’t writing, she’s happy to talk hot men and expensive shoes while drinking a cold gin and tonic. Don’t bring up olives. As far as Scarlett is concerned, they are the devil’s food. As long as you don’t bring up olives, she’s happy to hear from any time.

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