Little Lies by H. Hunting (aka Helena Hunting)

5 STARS!

Release Date: November 16, 2020

SYNOPSIS:
I don’t want you.
You mean nothing to me.
I never loved you.

I turned my words into swords.
And I cut her down. Shoved the blade in and watched her fall.
I said I’d never hurt her, and I did.
Years later, I’m faced with all the little lies, the untruths, the false realities, the damage I inflicted, when all I wanted was to indulge my obsession.
Lavender Waters is the princess in the tower. Even her name is the thing fairy tales are made of. I used to be the one who saved her.
Over and over again. But I don’t want to save her anymore. I just want to pretend the lies are still the truth.

Heroine: Lavender Waters (Alex and Violet Waters’ youngest daughter, PUCKED and FOREVER PUCKED couple origin, Pucked Series, you get a glimpse of her as a child in A Secret for a Secret )

Hero: Kodiak (Kody) Bowman (Rook and Lainey Bowman’s son, A LIE FOR A LIE couple origin, All In Series )


REVIEW: This was some major angst I didn’t know I needed! When I read about Lavender in A Secret for a Secret, and saw how Queenie interacts with her through art therapy, I knew I wanted to know more about her. It was really amazing to get her story that showed how her anxiety and mental health played out throughout her young life, but also once she became an adult (when this book takes place). One of the things I really liked about this book is that both Lavender and Kodiak struggle with mental health, but they have such a strong support system around them. Their parents, siblings, and cousins have their backs and accept them for who they are. I also enjoyed the fact that they talk about toxic relationships, and that there is a difference between support from another person and using another person as a solution. Needless to say, both of these characters were amazing, although not right from the start–Kodiak had some growth to do and I really disliked him in the beginning. Luckily, the second half of the book gave me so much more than I was expecting. I was completely invested in them as a couple, their growth, and their happiness.

What might have been the cherry on top, is that we get guest appearances from Alex and Violet, as well as the other Pucked series and All In series characters as parents! Seeing all of their children is just so much fun after reading the books about the parents. I think it’s really neat to hear about how their children ended up and what paths they are pursuing. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Helena Hunting decides to explore some of the other children’s stories, because I think there is some great material there.

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The Cabin by Jasinda Wilder

5 STARS!

Release Date: October 23, 2020

SYNOPSIS: One year ago, I buried my husband. 
One year ago, I held his hand and said goodbye. 
Now I spend most of my days lost somewhere between trying to remember every smallest detail of our lives, and trying to forget it all. I fill my hours with work until I’m too exhausted to remember him, to feel anything at all. 
One year, 365 days—and then one knock at my door changes everything. A letter from him, a last request, a secret will: 

My dearest Nadia,
Trust me, my love. One last time, trust me. Sometimes the epilogue to one story is the beginning of another.

REVIEW: I’m always a little weary about books where are you get to know a couple and one of them is going to pass away. I can’t help but think of how I’m going to be invested in that couple, but then have to be invested in a new couple. This made me unsure about the setup of this story, but I sincerely ended up appreciating that the reader gets a lot more insight into Nadia’s relationship with her husband that passed away. It’s not just the aftermath of being a widow, we get the actual story of both relationships. Readers get to see the process of her grieving, which I think adds a lot to the point when she finally starts to move on. Jasinda Wilder did a wonderful job of weaving a story throughout both relationships that really made you appreciate everything that each character went through. This is definitely a tearjerker and hit me right in the feels! I think what’s really amazing is Nathan‘s acceptance and understanding–which stems from his own experiences. He’s also just an understanding man, and I really appreciated him as a male lead. Talk about book boyfriends. This story surprised me, made me cry, made me laugh, and seriously warmed my soul. I would definitely recommend it!

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NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, WALL STREET JOURNAL and international bestselling author Jasinda Wilder is a Michigan native with a penchant for titillating tales about sexy men and strong women. Her bestselling titles include ALPHA, STRIPPED, WOUNDED, and the #1 Amazon and international bestseller FALLING INTO YOU.  You can find her on her farm in Northern Michigan with her husband, author Jack Wilder, her six children and menagerie of animals.


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I Promise You by Ilsa Madden-Mills

5 STARS!

Release Date: October 12, 2020

SYNOPSIS:
Dillon McQueen: Babe. I promise. You want me.
Serena Jensen: Um, who are you?
There’s a legend at Waylon University: the first girl you kiss freshman year at the bonfire party is the one you’ll never forget. She’ll crawl under your skin and never leave. She’ll spark a passion so fierce you’ll burn the world down to possess her. You might even put a ring on it. As in all things with fate, timing is everything. That kiss can go horribly wrong. She might run in the opposite direction. And boy, did Serena run. Dillon is Waylon’s hotshot quarterback with something to prove. All he wants is to graduate and make it to the NFL. What he doesn’t need is to finally meet the mystery girl he kissed at the bonfire freshman year. Isn’t it enough that she’s haunted his dreams for more than a thousand nights? Fate laughs in his face when he runs into the quirky girl at the Piggly Wiggly. Surrounded by his entourage, he’s got all the Oreos in his cart; she gets revenge by buying every six-pack of his favorite beer. Obviously, that legend is a curse. She’s not his type and hates him. Worst of all, how can she not remember him when she left a Serena-shaped hole in his heart for the past three years? So why can’t he stop trying to win her? Will this quarterback score the girl or make the biggest fumble of his life?


REVIEW: Okay, I seriously love the legend of the bonfire kiss at Wayland College. It’s such a cute idea and Ilsa Madden-Mills’ writing style is perfect for it. She hasn’t made it easy for each man in this series to win the one they’re supposed to be with. Dillon may be one of my favorites so far! Seriously, I just love him so much. The first scene at the bonfire where we meet Dillon was where I fell head over heels in love with him. Then we see him again in leather pants and with an entourage of women, I was kind of questioning if it was even the same guy. It definitely gets interesting, and I really enjoyed the journey that Dillon and Serena went on together in this book. I think they both had a lot of growth around things that were weighing them down from their past, which only added to the great way they came together. Serena was also amazing with the entourage of girls, which I appreciated!

Something I really appreciate about Ilsa Madden-Mills’ books is that the side characters really bring a lot to the story too! It’s so fun to see characters from previous books. And Serena’s family is amazing! Between her little sister Rommie and her grandma, I was laughing a lot. Her grandma–aka Nana–is a freaking riot and a perfect character to add some comedic relief. Plus, the boy escaping out of her sister’s window that gets caught by Serena. Seriously, her family was like their own part of the story and they added so much. Obviously I really loved this one and I would definitely recommend it!

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Wall Street Journal, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills is best known for her angsty new adult romances and romantic comedies. Eight of her eleven novels have placed in the Amazon Top 10 Best-seller List: Dirty English #1; Fake Fiancée and I Dare You #2; I Bet You, Filthy English, and Very Bad Things #6; Boyfriend Bargain #8; The Last Guy, her collaboration with Tia Louise, #4.  A former high school English teacher, she adores all things Pride and Prejudice, and of course, Mr. Darcy is her ultimate hero. She’s addicted to frothy coffee beverages, cheesy magnets, and any book featuring unicorns and sword-wielding females. Feel free to stalk her online.

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Perfect Wreckage by Catherine Cowles

5 Stars!

Release Date: September 22, 2020

Synopsis: My past taught me to play it safe. To stay far away from handsome men who promised it all. My life was good without them. Stable, secure, predictable. But one kiss showed me that I’d been playing it safe for far too long. One night, and all I wanted was more of his wildfire. One challenge and my carefully constructed walls tumbled down. Amidst the rubble, I realized there was more to this man than I ever dreamed. When everything fell apart, he showed me what it meant to stay. How to truly live. But some demons don’t stay buried. The past can come knocking when you least expect. And the life he’s showing me might be shorter than either of us expected…


Review: This series is just so good! It is romantic suspense done just the way I want. The characters have big flaws that make them very human, but at the same time you get to see so much of their growth over the story. Something I really appreciate about these books is that there’s a lot going on, but somehow Catherine Cowles makes it happen in a way that doesn’t seem super outlandish. I’m always rooting for the characters to not only figure their lives out and get their happy endings, but also to stick it to whoever is causing them trouble!

You meet both Crosby and Kenna in the first book, Reckless Memories which means I was already invested in them and their banter.  Getting Kenna’s backstory was heartbreaking, but added so much to her as a character. I absolutely fell in love with her! Then seeing Crosby interact with her throughout the situations that arose. Swoon. He didn’t even have he whole story, but he still did amazing at supporting her. He was just so endearing and he’s definitely a new book boyfriend! I’m so very happy I picked this one up!

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EXCERPT

I leaned against the tree at the edge of the beach, taking in the show. The woman seemed to be one with the water. Smooth strokes cut through the inlet’s subtle waves. They were both graceful and powerful, restrained and explosive. A juxtaposition so similar to the woman herself.

Kenna made her way towards the rocky shore. Climbing to her feet, rivulets of water traced paths down curves that even her full-coverage, black Speedo couldn’t disguise. She wrung out her hair, and the long, dark sheet sprang up in unexpected curls. They reminded me of that part of Kenna she liked to hide away from the world.

Her movements faltered, and then she swiped her towel up from the beach. “What are you doing here?”

I grinned, pushing off the tree trunk and striding towards her. “Caelyn told me this was a good spot for paddleboarding.”

Kenna mumbled something about her friend being a traitor. “I’m surprised you’re even up this early.”

I gave a little shrug. I had to be at a meeting at ten, so this was the only opportunity I’d have all day to be on the water. “Every day is different.”

“Must be nice to just flit around wherever the wind takes you.”

My phone buzzed in my pocket, and I slid it out. A familiar number, one I wished like hell I could forget, flashed across my screen along with a text.

Hey, Crosby. Can we talk? It’s important.

My face went hard as ice seemed to slide through my veins. Alicia’s gamble hadn’t paid off, and now she was trying to get her second choice back on the line. Not in this lifetime.

A cold hand grazed my forearm, yet somehow, the touch seemed to heat my skin. “Are you okay?”

I gave my head a little shake, plastering on my signature carefree smile. “Just those damn telemarketers. They never give up.”

Kenna’s hand fell away, and she took a step back. “You can just tell me to mind my own business. You don’t have to lie.”

I instantly felt the loss of her heat, the faint buzz on my skin where she’d touched me. “Fair enough.” Kenna kept her gaze locked to mine as if daring me to tell her the truth. I took the coward’s way out and changed the subject. “I like these.” I reached out and took a strand of her hair in my fingers, releasing it and letting the curl bounce.

Pink tinged her cheeks. “I prefer it straight.”

My grin grew wider. “I don’t know, Brown Eyes, I think you should let it run wild.” And what I would give to see this woman free and untamed.


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Hate Thy Neighbor by S.M. Soto

4 STARS!

Release Date: July 27, 2020

SYNOPSIS: Fresh out of a failed engagement, Olivia Hales is in dire need of a fresh start. Tired of being the charming and accommodating girl that always gets stomped on, she’s determined to change her outlook on life. When she finds her dream job in a small town in California, she thinks she’s finally found her place in life. That is, until she meets her new neighbor. 

Roman Banks. Moody. Foul-mouthed. Jerk. And the hottest man on the planet. 

At a sprawling six foot five, he was coldly distant and physically intimidating. Not only was her new neighbor a God that was good with his hands, he was also a grade-A jerk. Trapped on the same street, sharing the same space together, they’ve become entrenched in an addictive, ridiculous, never-ending game of insults and pranks that result in the destruction of two perfectly good homes.

The tension between them is as thick as the walls of their houses are thin. Roman’s touch burned like fire even when his words were ice, and both of them will stop at nothing to make the others life hell. 

In the midst of the pranks and the hate they harbor for each other, Olivia slowly pulls back the layers of the man next door and finds herself consumed with wanting to fix him and his past. When both enemies start to catch feelings for each other, Olivia finds herself hiding her own secrets, not wanting to lose another man in her life.

Lines are drawn. Strict rules put into place. But that doesn’t stop Olivia from wanting to save the quiet, broody man next door.

They say you’re supposed to love thy neighbor, but that was the furthest emotion she felt when thinking about Roman. Hate was all there was to their relationship. At the very least, that’s what she tried to tell herself. 

Hate Thy Neighbor is a full length enemies to lovers standalone.


REVIEW: First, let’s start with this adorable cover–seriously I am in love. Also, the chapter pages are adorable too! This was my first book by this author and I’m happy I picked it up. There are so many layers to this story that I was not expecting. While I love the enemies to lovers romances, there has to be some really good reasons when the guy is a total jerk to the leading lady. Luckily, Roman has a past and some current goals that explain why he is the way he is. I’ve got to admit, Roman Banks is my favorite kind of hero–broody with a heart of gold. His relationship with Ryder gave me all the heart eyes. Harper is just so complex, she’s kind and strong, yet sometimes too kind which becomes a weakness. I sincerely love her as a lead. I did feel that this book was a little too long, but that is really just a personal preference. I was impatient to find out why Roman was the way he was, then wanted to get to the bottom of the suspense part, and then there’s another thing I needed to know more about that was hinted at, but took forever to actually come out. Needless to say, that is just my impatience that made it irritating, the book itself was a layered journey and I’m glad I picked this one up!

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S.M. Soto was born and raised in Northern California, where she currently resides with her son. Her love for reading began when she was a young girl, and has only continued to grow into adulthood. S.M. lives for reading books in the romance genre and writing novels with relatable characters. She refers to herself as a bit of a romance junkie. S.M. loves to connect with readers and eat copious amounts of donuts that will surely lead to her demise.

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Reckless Memories by Cathrine Cowels

4.5 STARS

Release Date: May 12, 2020

SYNOPSIS: I loved him before I knew what the word meant. From skinned knees to first dates and everything in between. But he was never mine to love. I settled for friendship, even though I always wanted more.

That was before. Before he ripped my world apart and didn’t bother sticking around to help me pick up the pieces. I knit every last shred back together all on my own. And I’ve all but forgotten his name.

Now, he’s back, and everything is torn apart once more. But he’s not the only one doing the tearing this time. And there might be no stopping the person who has it out for us both.

REVIEW

Wow. Talk about emotional. I sincerely enjoyed every moment of this book. This is a new-to-me author that I have been wanting to read for a while. The journey the main characters go through together and apart is heart-wrenching and yet so wonderful. There were so many elements that just pulled me right in and I could not put the book down. I don’t want to spoil anything, but Ford and Bell’s bond from the very beginning is what dreams are made of. And Bell! She is just so strong and caring, I love everything about her! This book touches on the realities of life and growth we experience that can make us realize we didn’t know as much as we thought we did as kids. I always feel that small towns are their own character in books like these. The people in them push the story along, whether in a good or bad way. And this small town was no different. I had a feeling of who the bad guy was, and I turned out to be right, but I sincerely enjoyed getting the missing details at the end that brought it all together. I would definitely recommend this one and I’m looking forward to the rest of the series! And I may just have to check out this author’s backlist asap!

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Sneak Peek: Reckless Memories by Catherine Cowles


I loved him before I knew what the word meant.
But he was never mine to love.


Reckless Memories, an all-new emotional friends to lovers standalone from Catherine Cowles is releasing May 12th, and we have the first peek inside this not-to-be-missed romance. 



Prologue
Isabelle
 
PAST
 
“I would rather sit on a hill of fire ants in my underwear while eating ghost peppers.” I leaned against the counter and popped a cracker into my mouth. My nose wrinkled. It was one of those multigrain ones that tasted more like cardboard than actual food.
 
“Isabelle Marie Kipton, I have had just about enough of your snarkiness, young lady.”
 
But I wasn’t a young lady, at least not in my mother’s estimation. Young ladies were poised and put-together and never questioned the dictates their parents set for them. I questioned everything, never went along easily, and was far too disheveled to gain any sort of approval from my parents.
 
I stared unblinkingly at my mother, not giving an inch.
 
“You will sit at that dinner table, and you will be composed and polite to our company.”
 
I let out a snort. “Like their daughter is composed and polite to me?” Lacey was more like the Devil incarnate, but she wore her pretty, polite mask perfectly. So, my mother might as well have thought she was the Second Coming.
 
Violet looked up from where she was arranging a platter of hors d’oeuvres. “Lacey snaps back because you bait her. Maybe you two are just more similar than you’d like to admit, and you ruffle each other’s feathers.”
 
I glanced up at my older sister. The perfect image of the young lady my parents wished I would be, with her impeccably styled hair and future-doctor composure. She might as well have been a stranger. When had that happened? I searched my mind for the date the switch had been flipped, when Violet had gone from friend and confidante, the sister who’d always had my back, to someone I couldn’t even begin to understand most of the time.
 
“You can be friends with her all you want, Vi. I’ll take a pass on having vicious snakes in my circle.” I glanced at my mother. “Or sharing a dinner table with them.”
 
Red crept up my mother’s neck and seeped into her face. “What is wrong with you?” I stayed silent. The list of what my mother found wrong with me would take us all night to get through. “That’s it. Hand over your phone.”
 
My fingers tightened around the edge of the counter. “Are you seriously taking my cell because I don’t want to have dinner with someone who’s awful to me? Who bullies my friends, and is cruel to everyone who isn’t in her little gang of followers? I’ve tried to tell you time and again that she’s not who you think she is.”
 
My mother held out her hand. “Perhaps if you kept better company, these things wouldn’t be an issue. You are who you spend time with, Isabelle. And those girls you run around with are not what I want for your future.”
 
My back teeth ground together as I slipped my hand into my back pocket, pulling out the device she’d requested and placing it in her palm. No phone meant no emergency line to my best friends, to Ford, to the people who kept me sane amidst the insanity that my mother brought about. I kept my face carefully blank. I wouldn’t give her the satisfaction of knowing that she’d impacted me in any way. She didn’t deserve to know she had that power.
 
“Since you insist on acting childish, you’ll be treated as one. Your curfew is now nine p.m.”
 
I gave her nothing. I was already a prisoner in this home full of people who’d rather judge me than try and understand where I was coming from. 

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Synopsis

I loved him before I knew what the word meant.
From skinned knees to first dates and everything in between.
But he was never mine to love.
I settled for friendship, even though I always wanted more.

That was before.
Before he ripped my world apart and didn’t bother sticking around to help me pick up the pieces.
I knit every last shred back together all on my own.
And I’ve all but forgotten his name.

Now, he’s back, and everything is torn apart once more.
But he’s not the only one doing the tearing this time.
And there might be no stopping the person who has it out for us both.



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Gone Wild Series Review!

Five friends. One singles cruise. So many sexy shenanigans…

Release Date: March 24, 2020

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Overall series rating —> 4.5 STARS

Review: Something I love about this series is that all of the characters seem to be a bit of a hot mess, or at the very least in a rut of some kind. They meet their person on a vacation, but we get to see what happens after the cruise is over. The connection between the novellas makes them even more fun to read!


#1 Kissing Kendall by Katee Robert

SYNOPSIS: All Kendall Barnes wants is a nice relaxing cruise to reconnect with her friends from college. Instead, they’re mistakenly booked on a singles’ cruise. Despite this series of unfortunate events, Kendall is determined to follow through on her original plan… At least until she meets a gorgeous stranger who might just be enough to tempt her into breaking all her rules.

Alex Jeffries is on his first vacation in over ten years, and he hates every second of it. He can’t stop thinking about what could be going wrong with the bar he owns back home, at least until he meets Kendall and forgets about everything but kissing her. Maybe a party cruise wasn’t the worst idea after all…

Kendall and Alex embark on a sexy fling, but it only takes a few days for the truth to sink in. The mind-blowing chemistry between them is only getting stronger, and despite the expiration date they both agreed on, they can’t help wondering if this vacation fling can go the distance…

Or are they destined to crash and burn when they come back to reality?

REVIEW: This one was STEAMY. The chemistry between Kendall and Alex is sizzling! I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Kendall come out of her shell. Alex’s choice in the end is definitely SWOON WORTHY.

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#2 Gaming Grace by Piper J. Drake

SYNOPSIS: All work and no play is no way to enjoy this cruise.

Executive Director Grace Kim figures this reunion with her college friends is the perfect excuse to prove that she knows how to keep work/life balance and enjoy the Caribbean, preferably with her pants intact.

Rich, sexy, brilliant Bryan Wu has an app for that, and he charms Grace into helping him test it. He offers seven days of the best vacation of her life (bonus, sizzling chemistry) before they return to reality, but he didn’t anticipate just how much of his heart he’d give her.

When an accidental error results in a humiliating video of her online, Grace must salvage her career and decide whether to erase Bryan from her memory forever or admit they brought out the best in each other.

REVIEW: Coming soon.

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#3 Attracting Aubry by Avery Flynn

SYNOPSIS: I never dreamed I’d meet my celebrity crush while stealing every single pair of my best friend’s pants.

Trust me, my life is not that wild. In fact, the most excitement I usually get is running my fan-favorite Insta thirst account featuring butt-tastic pics of Hollywood superhero Carter Hayes. So, imagine my shock when, in the middle of the cruise ship hallway, I realize the guy whose shirt I’m stuffing slacks inside of is Carter disguised as a tourist. How I manage not to faint dead away, I’ve got no clue.

When word leaks that Carter might be on board, he asks me to help him maintain his cover. There’s no way I’m gonna say no to that. I just don’t share that I’m the anonymous woman behind the fan account that reported sighting him onboard. No biggie. Right?

However, when things between us go from friendly to hot to OMG-I-can’t-keep-my-clothes-on-around-him, all I can do is hope he never discovers my secret. You see, somewhere along the way, Carter went from an untouchable movie star to the man I’m falling for.

REVIEW: A celebrity undercover and a super fan. What could go wrong? This has Avery Flynn’s trademark humor and emotion. Aubrey is a total nut in the best way. When I saw the dilemma, I was just waiting for the secret to come out and the drama to happen. It most certainly did, but the resolution was so sweet.

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#4 Beguiling Benjamin by Robin Covington

SYNOPSIS: All work and no play has made me a very dull and very horny boy. But now that I’ve secured my coveted tenure professorship in mathematics, I can concentrate on 1) getting a life; and 2) getting off. Not necessarily in that order.

A vacation with my best friends is the perfect way to kick off my new life. And the fact that our relaxing week on the beach is mistakenly booked as a raucous singles cruise seems like the perfect answer to problem number two.

Propositioning the assistant football coach from my university (and the number one player on my spankbank fantasy team) on the ship’s deck after three too many rum punches seems like a good idea at the time. One hotter-than-hell kiss and blow-my-mind orgasm later and the deal for a week-long fling is done and it is definitely the best idea I’ve ever had.

One cruise. Two guys. Seven nights. Zero strings. It sounds like the perfect equation to me… what could possibly go wrong?

REVIEW: I didn’t receive this ARC, so this one is on my TBR!


#5 Loving Liv by Stacey Kennedy

SYNOPSIS: Liv Sloane needs a vacation. After her cheating ex broke her heart–and their engagement–Liv never fully recovered. In fact, she’s spent the past two years avoiding romance at all costs… with the exception of that sizzling one-night stand she can’t seem to forget. So when her friends from college suggest a reunion cruise, Liv knows a relaxing week of sun, sand, and beach reads is exactly what she needs to clear her mind. But when they board the ship, Liv is hit with two surprises. Her friends accidentally booked a singles cruise, and her one-night stand is waiting on deck.

Miles Schantz has spent the past six months thinking about Liv. As a Dom at one of the hottest sex clubs in Las Vegas, Miles has his pick of women… so why can’t he get Liv out of his head? When he receives an email asking him to join Liv on a cruise, he can’t believe his luck. But when he meets her on board–and she’s completely unaware of her “invitation”– Miles has to come up with a new plan. Six nights of no-strings-attached passion. Six nights of wild fantasies, sexy games, and forbidden adventures. Six nights to show Liv that she belongs with him…

REVIEW: Coming Soon!

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Kiss of Vengeance by S. Young

3.5 STARS

Release Date: March 3, 2020

SYNOPSIS: Fionn Mór was once a high king of Ireland; a fierce warrior who led his tribes against the invading fae. It was a war he couldn’t win and to save his family he turned consort for the Fae Queen. Fionn escaped as the thing he once despised, and the people he loved betrayed him for it. Now, centuries later, it’s time to reopen the gates to Faerie to take his revenge against the Faerie Queen.

At sixteen Rose Kelly discovered family secrets that changed her forever. Years after, she’s still lost, traveling across Europe in search of that elusive missing ‘something’. When she’s attacked by a vampire, not only is she wrenched into a supernatural underworld she never knew existed, a knock on the head releases a spell on her mind and unlocks powers beyond her wildest imaginings. And with them more questions. Questions Fionn Mór claims to have answers to.

Following the powerful and enigmatic Fionn to Ireland, Rose quickly realizes she’s a pawn in his plan for vengeance. What begins as a passionate battle of wills leads to an inexplicable but undeniable connection. One that will force them to face an impossible choice between the deepest love… and the darkest revenge.

REVIEW

I sincerely loved the first book in this series, War of Hearts! And now we have the second book in the True Immortality Series. If you love enemies-to-lovers and paranormal romance, this one is for you. It can even be read as a standalone! The overall story is very interesting and I’m excited to get to the next books. The premise of this series plays into why both books have similar plot lines, which also made this book not as enthralling as the first. It kind of felt the like reading the same book over again. Also, Fionn is super stubborn and intent on his revenge, which got a little old for me. All that being said, I still wanted to know what happened, and I’m still really looking forward to the next book! Especially since the first book was so damn good.

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Dear Ava by Isla Madden-Mills

4.5 STARS!

Release Date: February 3, 2020

SYNOPSIS: The rich and popular Sharks rule at prestigious, ivy-covered Camden Prep. Once upon a time, I wanted to be part of their world—until one of them destroyed me. The last thing I expected was an anonymous love letter from one of them. Please. I hate every one of those rich jerks for what they did to me. The question is, which Shark is my secret admirer: Knox, the scarred quarterback and their leader, Dane, his twin brother, or Chance, the ex who dumped me…

Dear Ava,

Your eyes are the color of the Caribbean Sea.</del> That’s stupid. 

What I really mean is, you look at me and I feel something REAL. It’s been ten months since you were here, but I can’t forget you. I’ve missed seeing you walk down the hall. I’ve missed you cheering at my football games. I’ve missed the smell of your hair.The truth is, I wanted you back then—but you had him.And then everything fell apart that night.Don’t hate me because I’m a Shark. I just want to make you mine. 

Still.

REVIEW: I’ve read almost every single one of Ilsa Madden-Mills’ books, so I had a feeling I would like this one. TALK ABOUT DARK AND MESSY CHARACTERS. I freakin’ loved them. If you’ve ever read my reviews, you may notice I have a soft spot of characters that have endured some trauma in their past. Which means these two main characters were all up in the feels for me. It starts really dark, and stays that way for a while. Luckily, Ava is a fierce female lead. I loved her journey throughout this book and the male love interest is just so enticing. There are a couple dirty scenes in this one that really speak to the strong connection these two have. The angst, the back and forth, the tear-jerk moments all make this book an emotional rollercoaster and I loved it. The only reason I wouldn’t give a full 5 stars is a personal preference. The ending just wasn’t my kind of ending, but you’ll have to read to see how you feel about it. If you like dark romances, I think you’ll enjoy this one tremendously!

Thank you to Social Butterfly PR for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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