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Book Review: The Muse by Lauren Blakely

The Muse by Lauren Blakely
The Muse by Lauren Blakely
The Muse by Lauren Blakely
The Muse by Lauren Blakely

Title: The Muse (Beautiful Magic #1)
Author: Lauren Blakely
Genre: Contemporary Fantasy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Julien Granier is a connoisseur of fine art. Art speaks to him. Now he unimaginably begins to live it. At night at the Musée d’Orsay it comes to life to breathe, entertain and interact with him. A beautiful experience only he sees. 

“Museums are like churches for art. Sacred spaces or holy ground or something.”

When a new Renoir is scheduled to show, Julien immediately feels connected to the woman in the painting. He can’t wait until she comes to him and can interact with him. When she finally comes to life, he is sunk in love with Clio, a woman unlike any he’s met or imagined.

“Yes, that’s it. We come like pilgrims to an abbey to see them.”

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Academy Romance, Book Reviews, High School Romance, NA Romance, Suspense

Book Review: Like You Should by Kaydence Snow

Like You Should by Kaydence Snow
Like You Should by Kaydence Snow
Like You Should by Kaydence Snow
Like You Should by Kaydence Snow

Title: Like You Should (Devilbend Dynasty #3)
Author: Kaydence Snow
Genre: New Adult, High School, Suspense
My rating:
5 of 5 stars

I thought I was digging Hendrix, and I do, but I’m crushing hard on Mr. Monroe. Easton, dude, do you have to be so hot and smexy?

Harlow Mead is a hot mess. She’s the anti-Donna. Not put together. Not doing well at school. Not type-A personality. Most likely to be stoned and playing video games. Most likely to be hacking into the school’s main-frame for the giggles. She’s eighteen, and in her mind, she’s going nowhere fast.

“Teenagers are all dumb, depraved, and disappointing.” – Easton Monroe, teacher extraordinaire.

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Book Reviews, Bully Romance, Dark Romance, Enemies to Lovers Romance, High School Romance, NA Bully Romance, NA Romance

Book Review: Make You Beg by Shantel Tessier

Make You Beg by Shantel Tessier
Make You Beg by Shantel Tessier
Make You Beg - Shantel Tessier
Make You Beg – Shantel Tessier

Title: Make You Beg
Author: Shantel Tessier
Genre: Dark High School Romance
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have a new book boyfriend, and my goodness, you will understand why when you read Make You Beg, Shantel Tessier’s newest book.

Henley Greene saw her friend do something terrible, and she went to the cops about it and had him arrested. This book starts during the trial, and we find out immediately why she’s estranged from her former besties. It’s hard to have a relationship with people when you accuse them of things that get them a visit from the cops.

The Grim Reapers are the kings of the campus and all football players for the Westbrook Warriors. They are also heirs to the Founders with the family names of Scout, Law, Rellik, and Monroe. You want to care most about Dax Monroe — he had Henley first, Ryan Scout — he had Henley last, and Grayson Law — he always coveted Henley. Van Rellik is okay with her, but he has no interest in her beyond that. He is, however, the most loyal of all the characters. Rellik believes that Henley saw something that night, but not necessarily what she thinks she saw. And he stands by the guys even when they are dastardly because he’s a musketeer, and they are all one for all, and all for one. 

Dastardly is precisely what I consider the payback plan for Henley is. Make You Beg is vicious, and the brutal penance that she must pay is not for the fair-hearted. This is a bully book, and Shantel Tessier isn’t playing with her readers; she’s giving it to them raw. 

Trigger alert.

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Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, Giveaways, YA Fiction, YA Romance

Book Review: Dog Girl by Gabi Justice

Dog Girl by Gabi Justice
Dog Girl by Gabi Justice
Dog Girl by Gabi Justice
Dog Girl by Gabi Justice

Title: Dog Girl
Author: Gabi Justice
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Fiction
My rating:
4 of 5 stars

Oh, the triggering elements in this book are couched well in the story of a girl who is bullied and suffering anxiety due to the trauma of losing her father as a young girl. 

Kendall Shepherd is in a rough headspace. Her social anxiety has her so paralyzed that she’s taken solace in the company of the dogs she works to rescue and rehabilitate. Peter, her imaginary friend, also known as her anxiety disorder, is a constant automatic negative thought factory. She must struggle with him through all things great and small. Worse is he really has crushed her confidence to the point where real people’s motivations are suspect at best. Dogs are constant and love unconditionally.

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Book Reviews, Bully Romance, Coming of Age, Dark Romance, High School Romance, NA Bully Romance, NA Romance

Book Review: The Boy on the Bridge by Sam Mariano

The Boy on the Bridge by Sam Mariano
The Boy on the Bridge by Sam Mariano
The Boy on the Bridge by Sam Mariano
The Boy on the Bridge by Sam Mariano

Title: The Boy on the Bridge
Author: Sam Mariano
Genre: Dark High School Romance
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Haters will hate The Boy on the Bridge hard, but too bad because it’s Sam Mariano at her finest.

Not for the weak, Sam Mariano’s newest book has a hero that is broken and twisted. Hunter Maxwell’s character has an ambiguous moral compass but maintains the ability to be remorseful of his most heinous and tragic actions. It doesn’t necessarily stop him from doing heinous or tragic things.

Riley Bishop is a glutton for punishment. She knows that she did something that Hunter can’t forgive, but she still tries to make him forget it until she has something she can’t forgive. Her greatest sin was to fall in love with him and try to protect him. His is his inability to stop manipulating her and the people around him—a far larger problem.

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Adult Fiction, Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy

Book Review: Mourning Wood by Heather M. Ogreron

Mourning Wood by Heather M. Orgeron
Mourning Wood by Heather M. Orgeron
Mourning Wood by Heather M. Orgeron
Mourning Wood by Heather M. Orgeron

Title: Mourning Wood
Author: Heather M. Orgeron
Genre: Romantic Comedy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The clever name appeals. The book is pretty great, too, though.

Whitney and Wyatt have a past. It included a steamy tryst by a dumpster in an alley a couple of years ago. After a renovation at their funeral home goes sideways, and much to Whit’s unamusement, Wyatt is the solution her best friend has to her problems. Whit would rather die in a dumpster than see the sexy man again, but she can’t get rid of him when her dad signs a contract with him to do the work.

Did I mention how much the clever name appeals to me? It is perfect. Kudos, Heather M. Orgeron, you rock at this title thing.

I adored this story. While Whitney and Wyatt are plenty entertaining alone, Prissy, Whit’s daughter, steals the show. I consider this a Rom-Com solely due to Priss. The love story itself is sweet, sexy, steamy, and satisfying, but all the hilarity is because of the six-year-old goth-girl-in-the-making with a collection of glass eyeballs.

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Adult Fiction, Book Reviews, Paranormal Romance, Reverse Harem, Shifter Romance

Book Review: Alpha Hell by G. Bailey and Scarlett Snow

Alpha Hell by G Bailey & Scarlett Snow
Alpha Hell by G Bailey & Scarlett Snow
Alpha Hell by G Bailey & Scarlett Snow
Alpha Hell by G Bailey & Scarlett Snow

Title: Alpha Hell (The Rejected Mate #1)
Author: G. Bailey & Scarlett Snow
Genre: Reverse Harem, Paranormal Romance
My rating:
5 of 5 series

Alpha Hell is really damn good, so I didn’t do badly shopping by the cover. 

When Lilith Thornblood’s life becomes quite the pickle, she escapes to the one place the man searching for her won’t look. His domain. The Stormfire Alpha’s territory is in Hell, and Lilith’s decision to hide in plain sight requires assistance. 

Cue Caspian Hardling, part shifter, part fae–all babe with an attitude and a loathing for fools. His answer to her problem is the Demon Hunter Trials. And the rest is… well, the story; it’s the cash and prize if you will, so I won’t spoil you.

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Adult Fiction, Book Reviews, Romantic Comedy

Book Review: Interception by Eva Haining

Interception by Eva Haining
Interception by Eva Haining
Interception by Eva Haining
Interception by Eva Haining

Title: Interception (Hall of Fame #2)
Author: Eva Haining
Genre: Romantic Comedy
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It’s always sad when book two is less than book one. I looked forward to this one because Zee was such a significant character in Faith’s book that I figured Zee’s book would be monumental. But it fell short. Sadness.

Zoey Porter and Cooper Danford are flint and kindling; together, they make fire. The two are so steamy they mate like bunnies, and it’s not going against the odds that they find themselves in the family way.

Family way? What am I in the fifties? She’s up the duff. Zee’s knocked up, and Coop’s swimmers are champions.

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Adult Fiction, Book Reviews, Paranormal Romance, Shifter Romance

Book Review: Shifter Claimed by Alexis Calder

Shifter Claimed by Alexis Calder
Shifter Claimed by Alexis Calder
Shifter Claimed by Alexis Calder
Shifter Claimed by Alexis Calder

Title: Shifter Claimed (Royal Mates #1)
Author: Alexis Calder
Genre: Paranormal Romance
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

Perfunctory. 

That is the word that kept coming to mind while reading Shifter Claimed. There wasn’t an abundance of profundity in the story to fall into it, which is just a shame. I felt like there was a single note I was following, but there was so much left to see of the story that was kept from me. Shifter Claimed didn’t feel to me like it was ready to be published yet.

Skylar is a hunter with the guild. She is a mercenary that brings in lawbreakers that the enforcers don’t have time to look for and seize. She’s Buffy-esque but without the oneliners, part wolf, part human–all badass. She’s trying to do her job when she runs into Elias. A being that, clearly, is more than who he says he is and unwilling to admit to anything. 

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Adult Fiction, Book Reviews, Reverse Harem, Shifter Romance, Supernatural Fiction

Book Review: Her Wolves by G. Bailey

Her Wolves by G Bailey
Her Wolves by G Bailey
Her Wolves by G Bailey
Her Wolves by G Bailey

Title: Her Wolves (Fall Mountain Shifters #1)
Author: G. Bailey
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shifter Romance, Reverse Harem
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oh, I had such a hard time with the heroine’s first name. I mean Mairin would not sound nice in my mind no matter how many times or how many accents I said it in, and in the end, I was okay with all the pet names given to her. Mai? Irin? Both better than put together.

Mairin Perdita is a foster wolf in her pack. The Ravensword Pack is a crap factory of tools except for a handful of wolves, and upon her mate reveal ceremony, she finds that it can only worsen. Soon she is forsaken by her true mate and sent to her death.

Good for you, Mairin, the Alpha is a right tosser, and he should have been given a whingy wolf for a mate. You were done well by the sea! Which delivers her to the Fall Mountain Pack. Into the hands of their four Alphas: Henderson, Silas, Ragnar, and Valentine.

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