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Book Review: Deadly Pretenses by Angelique Snowden

Deadly Pretenses by Angelique Snowden
Deadly Pretenses by Angelique Snowden
Deadly Pretenses by Angelique Snowden
Deadly Pretenses by Angelique Snowden

Title: Deadly Pretenses
Author: Angelique Snowden
Genre: Horror, Paranormal, Romance
My rating:
4 of 5 stars

Wow! AHS meets Kelly Creagh’s Nevermore Series meets good ol’ Southern ghost legends.

When shhh gets weird, you know you ain’t in Chicago anymore. The chip on Colette’s shoulder is pretty epic-sized about the move, and what’s worse is that she sees the ghost of the girl who once lived in her house immediately upon arriving. Genesis Long died in a terrible car crash and wanders Savannah, Georgia, searching for her love Sebastian Campbell. Compounding all weirdness is Colette’s inexplicably drawn to Sebastian’s brother, Abel, and he is fascinated by her.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book with some caveats; the author actively regulates the hints and facts she gives out by using the character’s storytelling, which sometimes feels like the author doesn’t know where she is going with the narrative. When someone continually tells you that they can’t tell you something yet, you have to wonder if it’s that you can’t know it yet or they don’t know it yet, which was what was rattling around my head in the book because there were times when the story took strange shifts that seemed ill-conceived.

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Book Review: Bryk by Ava Ross

Bryk by Ava Ross
Bryk by Ava Ross
Bryk by Ava Ross
Bryk by Ava Ross

Title: Bryk (Mail Order Brides of Crakair #2)
Author: Ava Ross
Genre: Sci-Fi Alien Romance
My rating:
3 of 5 stars

I adore these books. Fans of Laurann Dohner will be all over them.

Bryk and his son Weld are looking for a woman. Don’t be crass. They want a wife and mother to make their house a home. But poor Sadie, because the Crakiars are cray cray and the Crakian world is even further insane. 

This book isn’t as good as Vork or Axil. I guess Bryk and Disty the draquier don’t do it for me. However, this book introduces so much more of this world. Ava Ross builds on the Crakiar planet, moons, and denizens, filling out everything she’s introduced before. It’s fascinating.

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Book Review: Don’t Fall For Me by Gigi Black

Dont Fall For Me by Gigi Black
Dont Fall For Me by Gigi Black
Dont Fall For Me by Gigi Black
Dont Fall For Me by Gigi Black

Title: Don’t Fall For Me
Author: Gigi Black
Genre: Contemporary Romance
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Don’t Fall For Me is your typical fake fiancee romance, and there ain’t nothing wrong with that. This Cinderella story with a corporate vibe will please any reader who thirsts for subscription books from Harlequin and Silhouette. 

Damien Woods is between a rock and his immovable father–a real despicable cat with nine reprehensible corporate lives–who can make the Woods offsprings’ life hell. His latest proclamation is that Damien finds a wife in the next thirty days or lose his inheritance and place in the company. Damien has just the person in mind. Someone he just reacquainted with, Hazel McCutcheon, the one he burns for, but threw away in high school, she drives him crazy and is desperate enough to go along with his ridiculous plan. Or so he thinks.

Cinderella is overworked. Her dad has cancer; she’s losing her family legacy to pay his medical bills. Hazel works a crap job with no help from her flighty sister, and handouts are still something she’s unready to accept. Worst she loathes Damien Woods. He’s arrogant. Sexy. Wealthy. Too powerful. And he won’t take no for an answer.

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Book Review: Lords of Summer by Kayla Wren

Lords of Summer by Kayla Wren
Lords of Summer by Kayla Wren
Lords of Summer by Kayla Wren
Lords of Summer by Kayla Wren

Title: Lords of Summer (Year of the Harem #1)
Author: Kayla Wren
Genre: Reverse Harem, Bully Romance
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

These bully books always kill me with the tension. Knowing that the awful is in the mail is terrible. I think if you’ve had a bully, you have a hard time romancing that crap up. Still, there is a rare breed of us who read bully romance novels for that crack at a happily ever after. Most bullies will never have Layla’s outcome. Mine? We would be lucky to have a PSA outcome. A lot are just statistics, which sucks because bully romances don’t address those sad numbers. 

A summer job in Pembroke Bay is Layla MacKenzie’s jam. She’s rocking the freedom of all the woe college has wrought and the hell her bullies, the Birchwood Boys, wreak on her days. This is her summer, and it’s a new Layla, a fresh start, a way to get a breath finally. But nothing could be so easy when her devils are so eager to see her pay for her imagined sins.

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Book Review: Forbidden Frost by Riley Onyx

Forbidden Frost by Riley Onyx
Forbidden Frost by Riley Onyx
Forbidden Frost by Riley Onyx
Forbidden Frost by Riley Onyx

Title: Forbidden Frost (Elemental Alien Mates #2)
Author: Riley Onyx
Genre: Sci-fi Alien Romance
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Forbidden Frost is an excellent continuation of this series! Kudos to Riley Onyx.

I’m going to try to do this without spoiling too much because Forbidden Frost has a lot of essential elements in its story that I think build the world and lore, and you should experience it in the book, not a review! So here goes.

This is the story of the rescue ship sent to save Rin; she watches it crash at the end of Succumb to the Storm. Leah is a medical technician on the team whose life is endangered when she nearly dies at the crash site. But what saves her, damns her and her savior, both.

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Book Review: Caged by Eva Brandt & Dahlia Briar

Caged by Eva Brandt and Dahlia Briar
Caged by Eva Brandt and Dahlia Briar
Caged by Eva Brandt and Dahlia Briar
Caged by Eva Brandt and Dahlia Briar

Title: Caged (Primal Obsessions #3)
Author: Eva Brandt & Dahlia Briar
Genre: Dark Paranormal Romance
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

DARK. Very brutally dark. Some twisted minds wrote Caged. And they should be proud of themselves.

Caged is the last in the Primal Obsessions books, and the series was so easy to devour in two days that I’m ashamed of my gluttony–lies, I reveled in it. I liked this entire series, but this book has some harsher visuals than the other two, in my opinion.

Aimee trespasses onto Pride territory with her boyfriend and his two friends and is met with brutal force. Taken prisoner, she watches the other members of her party be viciously murdered. She is then gifted as a prize to Blaze, one of the Pride Alphas by the Pride Mother, for bringing the trespassers to justice.

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Book Review: Marked by Dahlia Briar & Cara Wylde

Marked by Dahlia Briar & Cara Wylde
Marked by Dahlia Briar & Cara Wylde
Marked by Dahlia Briar & Cara Wylde
Marked by Dahlia Briar & Cara Wylde

Title: Marked (Primal Obsessions #2)
Author: Dahlia Briar & Cara Wylde
Genre: Dark Paranormal Romance
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Okay, Marked is not as good as the book Captured. Or maybe I’m just not into bears–Goldilocks and all did nothing for me growing up. I thought it was a story about buying new beds. Marked is a Goldilocks story that, to me, is more porn-y than sexy, and less dark than it is kinky.

Rosalie has a very crappy marriage and a crappier husband. She has finally pulled the trigger on an escape plot to get away from the zero-promise future that is her life. Her escape plan is desperate, and the execution is bonkers. It’s no shock that she ends up in a car accident where there is a fatality who turns up to be a bear–yep, a bear. Then it couldn’t get more surreal, but she finds an adorable baby bear in the back seat, and crazy Rosalie is off on another hare-brained adventure.

The three main bears are easy to dislike and not find sexy–I only liked the most psychotic, go figure, and I think it was because he was the least bow, chicka, wow-wow. Brooks, Colt, and Lincoln quite quickly become ‘kitty’-trained to come whenever Rosalie has even a thought of straying. The bears mean to keep her close–but she doesn’t want to leave because her creeper husband is out there just waiting to kill her so, really, peeps.

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Book Review: Big Bad Claws by Michele Mills

Big Bad Claws by Michele Mills
Big Bad Claws by Michele Mills
Big Bad Claws by Michele Mills
Big Bad Claws by Michele Mills

Title: Big Bad Claws (Fever Brothers #2)
Author: Michele Mills
Genre: Alien Romance
Rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read Big Bad Claws and immediately went and one-clicked three other first in series this author wrote, so it’s safe to say I liked it.

Lila is a shut-in. She is the heir to her family’s business ventures, but she certainly isn’t ready to join society. She’s happy with her little world with her house staff and her cats. Lila would happily leave the family business to the other members of her family. And all would be well if an “ethical” assassin didn’t warn her that someone wanted her dead and then escaped her of the planet to a “safer” place. Now she is lost, in the open, under the outdoors, in a strange land, without protection.

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Book Review: Captured by Eva Brandt & Cara Wylde

Captured by Eva Brandt & Cara Wylde
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Captured by Eva Brandt & Cara Wylde
Captured by Eva Brandt & Cara Wylde

Title: Captured (Primal Obsessions #1)
Author: Eva Brandt & Cara Wylde
Genre: Dark Paranormal Romance
My rating:
5 of 5 stars

Mmmm, something dark, dirty, and sexy lives here, but it’s not for the faint of heart. 

Werewolves: Jax, Reid, and Thorn Woodward are out for retribution; only blood will do. 

There is a debt to pay for the death of their brother Chase, and despite killing the death dealers, there is no sweeter boon than taking the surviving daughter, Isabel, as a slave. They can’t punish the dead for their sins, but they can continue receiving payment from Isabel’s soft flesh. That works until she starts liking how the Woodwards discipline her for the sins of her kin.

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Book Review: Secret Plunge by Jasmin Miller

Secret Plunge by Jasmin Miller
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Secret Plunge by Jasmin Miller
Secret Plunge by Jasmin Miller

Title: Secret Plunge (Kings of the Water #1)
Author: Jasmin Miller
Genre: Secret Pregnancy Sports Romance
My rating:
3 of 5 stars

Are you in the mood for a quick little feel-good romance? Secret Plunge could be it.

Harper’s had a rough year. It’s New Year’s Eve, and she and her bestie are letting down their hair for a farewell to the old and ringing in the better. And what could be better than a hottie one-night stand?

But Harper’s luck is crap and last year’s BS is chasing her into the new one because she has a souvenir and in nine months so will her one-night stand.
If only she knew his last name.
No, wait–sucks to be Harper. She just found it out. Mr. Sexy is her dad’s new swimmer trainee.

FML should be Harper’s life’s motto.

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