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Book Review: Break Me by Meagan Brandy

Break Me by Meagan Brandy
Break Me by Meagan Brandy
Break Me by Meagan Brandy
Break Me by Meagan Brandy

Title: Break Me (Brayshaw High #5)
Author: Meagan Brandy
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult Romance
My rating:
5 of 5 Stars

Break Me is the best sort of fan service.

Brielle Bishop is supposed to be a pawn in Royce Brayshaw’s plans for payback. That would work if she didn’t shake his world up five minutes after meeting him.

Okay, peeps, this book put me through the wringer. I laughed. I got pissed off. I cried my ever-loving eyes out. Royce has always been a mess, and his book could not be anything other than a love story of epic messy proportions. You love him, and you know he is going to eff it up from the start.

I didn’t understand the animosity between Royce and Bishop that sets up the plot, but you need to have some crisis to have a story. Still, I loved Brielle, and she is a unique character to this series, very different from the earlier heroines. It’s nice not having an in your face female. Something softer for the most in your face Brayshaw is a plus. But watching Royce fight himself while all the previous MCs pulled for him and tried to get him to disengage his head from his bottom was ironic.

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Book Reviews, Paranormal Romance, Reverse Harem

Book Review: Earth by Helen J. Perry

Earth by Helen J Perry
Earth by Helen J Perry
Earth by Helen J Perry
Earth by Helen J Perry

Title: Earth (Elemental Reverse Harem Quartet #1)
Author: Helen J. Perry
Genre: Reverse Harem, Paranormal Romance
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Earth is the first in the Elemental Reverse Harem Quartet, which promises to be a titillating new series by Helen J. Perry. 

Malka Selby doesn’t know she’s a witch. The joke is more or less on her because all the men she encounters seems to know who and what she is. And the kinky menagé contest she’s having with her best friend to see who can have the most, the best, is getting lots of fodder as these men seem to make all her dreams come true. 

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Adult Fiction, Book Reviews, Paranormal Romance, Reverse Harem, Romantic Comedy

Book Review: Submission by Elle Lincoln

Submission by Elle Lincoln
Submission by Elle Lincoln

Submission by Elle Lincoln
Submission by Elle Lincoln

Title: Submission (Fated Souls #2)
Author: Elle Lincoln
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Reverse Harem
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ARGH! And not in a pirate way. I’m so frustrated. What I thought would happen when I read the cliffhanger of Surrender occurred, and I’m not happy about it. I hate delayed gratification. I’m basically a human-cat –we human-cats don’t do that.

Submission introduces mate número cinco. Kade isn’t a full dozen doughnuts, and since Bean can’t help but devour all the doughnuts she sees, she’s a-okay with the whacked-out lycan. But with Kade comes a lesson in how the lycan world really works. That might be more than she is ready for, considering Bean becomes a vampire juice box on the first go. Kade might be crazy, but Sabina must be losing her mind. The Stockholm Syndrome she suffers has her wanting more of the danger that comes with the secrets of her new life.

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Book Reviews, Horror, Thriller

Book Review: The Reaper by Jade Royal

The Reaper by Jade Royal
The Reaper by Jade Royal
The Reaper by Jade Royal
The Reaper by Jade Royal

Title: The Reaper Collection
Author: Jade Royal
Genre: Horror – Thriller
My rating:
3 of 5 stars

The Reaper is a collection of short stories meant to tickle your senses. Whether it’s to avenge a betrayal, confront cruelty, punish hypocrisy, or revenge for murder, these gritty stories have one thing in common, and that is the dark, creepy feel of a thriller.

Jade Royal has a unique writing style that is straightforward and leaves a bit of a dirty taste in your mouth. She writes about straight-up ugly things and the payback for those sins. I had to take a break. I couldn’t read this short compendium all the way through in one sitting.

One of the things I could appreciate is the sense of doom she infuses in all her work. She never promised any silver linings in any of these stories, and you knew upfront what you were reading. I liked that.

I recommend this to anyone who enjoys horror-thriller.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary advance copy of this book.

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Blog Tour, Book Reviews, Coming of Age, Dystopian, YA Fiction

Book Review: The Hive Queen by Robin Kirk

The Hive Queen by Robing Kirk
The Hive Queen by Robing Kirk

The Hive Queen by Robin Kirk
The Hive Queen by Robin Kirk

Title: The Hive Queen (The Bond Trilogy #2)
Author: Robin Kirk
Genre: Dystopian Young Adult
My rating:
5 of 5 stars

I am so pleased to have Fir’s story! What a story he has to tell!

Robin Kirk’s second book in The Bond Series, The Hive Queen, picks up with the Living Wood’s escape from Bounty. Fir and his nineteen brothers are heading east to the Master’s land. They’ve heard from the wildmen that he has a cure for the virus and that it’s a place for males–where men aren’t in the service of mothers.

Fir is against unbeatable odds from the start. He is full of self-doubt while trying to lead, and it tears him apart when anything goes sideways. And everything is going sideways. I liked that Robin Kirk builds Fir with such vivid internal struggle. It makes you understand his motivations and his actions better for it. It also helps that she highlights some of the Living Wood so you can see that his brothers pull him in all directions and muddle the pot often when he’s trying to do the right thing.

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Blog Tour, Book Reviews, Coming of Age, Dystopian, YA Fiction

Book Review: The Bond by Robin Kirk

The Bond by Robin Kirk
The Bond by Robin Kirk
The Bond by Robin Kirk
The Bond by Robin Kirk

Title: The Bond (The Bond Trilogy #1)
Author: Robin Kirk
Genre: Dystopian Young Adult
My rating:
5 of 5 stars

I love these Dystopian/Sci-fi stories where I’m in a world where women control EVERYTHING. This sounds like it would be all good or super bad.

The Bond by Robin Kirk isn’t questionable at all; it’s all good.

Dinitra 584 KxA is a student struggling to pass her courses at the Collegium. It’s graduation day, and she has a dismal compendium with one weak merit. Truth be told, she spends most of the time she should be working on her studies drawing or painting. As she has to make and mix her paints–that takes up a lot of time. That’s how she finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time, with two Legion’s Commanders questioning her for her artwork.

Oh, this book is sheer brilliance and so twisty-turny. I had no idea where we were going. Robin Kirk lead me around by the proverbial ear, and I read like an addict because the story is pure joy. Well, not joy like it makes you happy because much of it makes your heart a little sore but joy in that it’s a damn good book.

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Book Reviews, Coming of Age, Fairy Tales, YA Fiction

Book Review: Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? by Janie Marie

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf by Janie Marie
Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf by Janie Marie
Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? by Janie Marie
Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? by Janie Marie

Title: Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? (The Big Bad Wolf Trilogy)
Author: Janie Marie
Genre: Coming of Age, Fairy Tales, Young Adult
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Prefacing this review by saying I didn’t read Gods & Monsters. And having read this book, It’s unfortunate that I have not done so!

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? is a crazy good read! 

Oh emm gee! 

I thoroughly enjoyed this baby, and Janie Marie wasn’t on my radar before, but I’m one-clicking her previous trilogy as I write this review. I can totally multitask like a boss! 

Kylie Hood is a sad story. She’s Little Red Riding Hood meets Cinderella but for the fact that in her real life, her wicked steps are out to wickedly maim, or possibly kill her, if they could get away with it. Worse yet, her Prince is just a crap jock who wants her to do his homework. But her world turns around when Logan Grimm drags her into his fairy-tale, where he might be the Big Bad Wolf looking to save her from the wilds outside. 

I adored Logan from the word ‘go.’ Cheers to Janie Marie because her wounded bad boy was a quiet redeemer from the start–probably a carryover from that other series I DID NOT READ! I’m going to get on that right away.

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Academy Romance, Book Reviews, Fantasy Fiction, LGBTQ+, New Release, Paranormal Fiction, Urban Fantasy

Book Review: Uriel’s Lariat by Sarah Biglow & Molly Zenk

Uriel's Lariat by Sarah Biglow and Molly Zenk
Uriel's Lariat by Sarah Biglow and Molly Zenk
Uriel's Lariat by Sarah Biglow & Molly Zenk
Uriel’s Lariat by Sarah Biglow & Molly Zenk

Title: Uriel’s Lariat (Celestial Academy #3)
Author: Sarah Biglow and Molly Zenk
Genre:
Paranormal Academy Romance
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lilith and Chris are at the center of a new mystery!

AND… Zuri and Miry come to the point where the curiosity finally hunts the cat! 

Uriel’s Lariat centers around the mystery of who is burning the fallen to death. Zuri and Miry have their sights set on Lilith and Chris because they have the most to gain by more destruction. 

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Book Reviews, Historical Romance

Book Review: Misleading a Duke by A.S. Fenichel

Misleading A Duke by A.S. Fenichel
Misleading A Duke by A.S. Fenichel

Title: Misleading a Duke (Wallflowers of West Lane)
Author: A.S. Fenichel
Genre: Historical Romance
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Wallflowers of West Lane get up to no good at Geb Arafa’s homes all the time. It’s like they use his houses for scandal and nothing more. Poor Geb! Now Nick and Faith are in trouble in Misleading a Duke at an Arafa property. And trust me, it’s worth your time to find out why!

—spoilers—
Nicholas, Duke of Breckenridge, and Lady Faith have been dancing around their betrothal since it became known that Faith’s mother was the one that had romanced Nick via letters rather than Faith. Worse yet, Faith spent months trying to investigate his intentions and figure out his secrets, much to his chagrin because Nick has things to hide–since he’s a spy for the Crown.
—end spoilers—

Misleading A Duke is a much better story than The Earl Not Taken, and the plot is on point. I have no complaints about pacing or characterization. I love Faith. I think Nick is great–wait, I do have a whinge–Nick says sweetheart, A LOT!. Like a lot-a lot. But this book is two stars better than the last one. I very much enjoyed it.

So now Poppy and Faith are spoken for, Mercy is next! Yay!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary advance copy of this book.

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Adult Fiction, Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, Corporate Romance, Friends to Lovers Romance

Book Review: Twisted Love by Piper Lawson

Twisted Love by Piper Lawson
Twisted Love by Piper Lawson
Twisted Love by Piper Lawson
Twisted Love by Piper Lawson

Title: Twisted Love (Modern Romance #3)
Author: Piper Lawson
Genre: Contemporary Romance
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love Piper Lawson, and this book is classic Piper Lawson.

Daisy and Ben are besties. They met in college, and they have had one another’s backs since way back in the day. Their friendship is like the US Postal creed sorta, neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these two Fortnite players on a Friday night. But what these two don’t know and their friends suspect–is about to come to light when they play boyfriend and girlfriend for a month. These two want one another.

I really loved this one. Twisted Love was pretty typical, but the characters were great. The corporate world-building was fascinating. I especially loved how Piper Lawson showed that it was a small elite world of movers and shakers. And Ben’s mom is a hoot–a tragic hoot but a hoot all the same.

I highly recommend this for anyone how enjoys Lauren Blakely.

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