Jun 132021
 

Hidden Wings (Hidden Wings Series #1) by Cameo Renae

Seventeen is a life changing age for Emma Wise. As her family’s sole survivor in a car crash, she is left with a broken arm, and a few scrapes and bruises. But these are only outward marks; inside, her heart is broken and the pieces scattered.

Whisked away to Alaska, to an aunt she’s never met, Emma starts over. Secrets unveil themselves and now… she doesn’t even know who or what she is.

A centuries-old prophecy places Emma in the heart of danger. Creatures of horrifying and evil proportions are after her, and it will take Emma, her aunt, and six, gorgeously, captivating Guardians to keep her safe. But, if she can survive until her 18th birthday… things will change.

This author is new to me and I am attending BABE 2023 so I am finding my way through the attending authors list.

I love paranormal, but to be honest I haven’t read a lot on Fallen Angels and demons. Or Nephilim. This is a nice change.

Emma is into a bad accident where she survives, but her parent don’t. She is in the hospital where she finds out she has an aunt willing to take her until she’s 18. Just 1 year short of taking care of herself, but her life is now changed for good.

She is grieving her parents and soon find herself into a different world of paranormal beings and she needs to learn her place there.

The book is written in 1st person, so that was a great plus for me.

The first book is just laying down the details of their world, a place where we find out at the same time Emma does. There is a lot of action there, so you won’t get bored with too much details.

I liked it. It has many good reviews and I will continue the story by reading the rest of the series.

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Jun 102021
 

You Lucky Dog (Lucky Dog #1) by Julia London

An accidental dog swap unleashes an unexpected love match in this new romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author Julia London.

Carly Kennedy’s life is in a spiral. She is drowning in work, her divorced parents are going through their midlife crises, and somehow Carly’s sister convinces her to foster Baxter–a basset hound rescue with a bad case of the blues. When Carly comes home late from work one day to discover that the dog walker has accidentally switched out Baxter for another perkier, friendlier basset hound, she has reached the end of her leash.

When Max Sheffington finds a depressed male basset hound in place of his cheerful Hazel, he is bewildered. But when cute, fiery Carly arrives on his doorstep, he is intrigued. He was expecting the dog walker, not a pretty woman with firm ideas about dog discipline. And Carly was not expecting a handsome, bespectacled man to be feeding her dog mac and cheese. Baxter is besotted with Hazel, and Carly realizes she may have found the key to her puppy’s happiness. For his sake, she starts to spend more time with Hazel and Max, until she begins to understand the appeal of falling for your polar opposite.

Hana’s Review 

3.75 Stars

– Meet-Cute Romance

– Rom-com

 

Dogs on the cover? SOLD! Any story where the sidekick/secondary character are dogs and I’m 100% absolutely IN. Sign me up!!

I tend to read a lot of angst and emotional roller coasters and sometimes you just need a palate cleanser, you know? A light lemon granita to freshen it all up – and that’s what this book was. Yes, there was some angst – it felt like the world was working against them at times – however, there was just so much adorableness and heartwarming hilarity, and was just a great read.

The story is about timing and how when the timing is off, it feels like the world is working against you. But true love, and the love of dogs, will persevere. Max and Carly are great characters – smart, funny, awkward and their banter was wonderful. The writing was superb. I also loved the family relationships that we got to witness, especially that of Max and his brother, Jamie, who has autism (who may rival my own love of dogs). I think London did a great job capturing the nuances and emotional roller coaster that is your family – the good, the bad, the crazy

I also think that Hazel and Baxter, their dogs, could have easily stolen the show. I needed an ending that kept the two of them together forever. I need a book just about Hazel and Baxter adventures – just sayin’.

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Jun 102021
 

Heart of the Assassins (An Academy of Assassins Novel Book 2) by Stacey Brutger

A PLAGUE UNLEASHED ON THE PRIMORDIAL REALM THREATENS THE SURVIVAL OF THE SUPERNATURAL RACE. ONLY THE ACADEMY OF ASSASSINS CAN PREVENT THE RACE’S DESTRUCTION…AND THEIR OWN.

Morgan has been banned from hunting until she learns to control her powers and her impulsive nature. Her team is so focused on her training, she feels more alone and alienated than ever. She must make the heartbreaking decision to stay and fight for the men who mean everything to her or turn her back on the Academy to survive.

But the choice is taken from her when the Academy is viciously attacked, and Morgan is abducted and dumped into the Primordial Realm. Abandoned and unable to get back to the Academy, Morgan must take a crash course in survival in this alien world. As she investigates the deadly mist sweeping through the Realm, she is horrified to discover that her team has followed her, determined to earn back her trust.

With their lives in danger, Morgan will do whatever it takes to save them, even if it means entering Tartarus and uncovering the secrets of the forgotten gods. With the cure in hand, they must defeat monsters from myths and legends—and their worst nightmares—and escape the gates of hell, or risk becoming forever trapped and forced to watch the destruction of their world.

An Academy of Assassins Novel : Book 2

Meet the Assassins: Morgan, Kincade, Ascher, Ryder, Draven and Atlas.

I stared the 2nd book as soon as I finished the first book. I am hooked.

As I’ve said in my first review, still no sexy times. I was a bit disappointed and did some research. Apparently, there is a novella or book 4 where we can be rewarded for waiting so long.

Morgan is finally in the clear… she knows her heritage but now she has guardians instead of mates. The ones that were supposed to connect with her and be a team, have made a mission to train her with the new abilities she has.

We also get to know more of the guys. What kind of animal they are and how they became to be a hunter.

 

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Jun 072021
 

WRONG FOR ME by Meagan Brandy

They say to keep your enemies close, but they never had to deal with the likes of Alec Daniels, the broody bad boy next door who loved to make my life a living nightmare…up until the day he disappeared.
See, Alec was a thief.
He stole my happy.
My sanity.
My first kiss.
I told myself I was glad the day he went away, and I’m reminded of why not five minutes after his sudden and unexpected return.
Now he stands before me with a heavy glare and hard body.
But those greedy green eyes, they’re darker than I remember, and brimming with a secret…
A secret I didn’t discover until it was far too late.
Because this time, he didn’t steal a simple kiss.
This time… Alec Daniels stole my all.
*Wrong for Me is a full-length standalone with no cliffhanger and an HEA. Previously titled The Wrong Blaze, this is the same epic love story with a fresh new look and title!

This is one of the books I have kept for me to read when I couldn’t find anything to catch my eye. I knew I would enjoy it so this was my main reason to delay.

Of course I loved it. Meagan Brandy writes books I love and enjoy with characters so powerful that resonates to me. Her heroes love so deeply that you can’t help but share their emotions. You feel deep in your bones the desperation of a man that can’t leave with the love of his life.

This book was previously known as The Wrong Blaze so only the name and the cover has changed.

Wrong For Me is a standalone and will make you fall in love but cut you deep when secrets come out. Typically to Meagan Brandy if you’ve read her before.

Alec Daniels has been in love with Oakley since they were kids, but she had her eyes on his brother. The fact that Alec knew with his whole being that she was meant for him, he waited and watched her every move. Oakley is now grown up and Alec comes back. But he is older too and with more secrets she is ready to face.

There is a scene people might say it’s not for them.. I won’t give spoilers but from my point of view there is no cheating… just circumstances that might seem so.

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Jun 052021
 

The Offer (London Players Book 1) by Becca Steele

One offer. A few fake dates. What could possibly go wrong?

All I have to do is pose as the girlfriend of London Hawks player Jake Savage. The bad boy of rugby, he has a reputation both on and off the pitch.
Neither of us are interested in a relationship, so our arrangement is perfect. We just have to go on a few dates and pretend to be into each other while we’re photographed for the tabloids.
We’re not attracted to each other, so it should be easy.
Or so I thought.

After one hot night, things change.

Now, when he kisses me, it doesn’t feel like we’re pretending anymore.

The Offer is a standalone, fake relationship sports romance novella.

*Originally published within the Love Is In the Air anthology. This novella edition has been revised and expanded.

Just a quick read in an afternoon turned out to be a great read… Usually I read during the night, so I don’t know if it was daylight or the fact that I’ve read this book in a couple of hours.

It can be read as a standalone and it’s a fake relationship between a rugby star and a young woman who had a failed marriage, especially one where she found her newly husband with someone else on what was supposed to be their wedding night.

I connected with the characters, the back and forth was great. Lots of happy moments, sexy times. Jake Savage makes his name be pretty explanatory and Victoria is one who can keep up with him. She is perfect for him in ways he didn’t expect.

The story was sweet, fun and an easy read for me.

This book made me want to read the other couple’s stories so you can read it as a standalone too.

Lately I’ve been reading based on tropes and not by series.

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Jun 042021
 

Academy of Assassins (An Academy of Assassins Novel Book 1) by Stacey Brutger

ONLY ONE THING STANDS BETWEEN HUMANS AND THE DEADLY SUPERNATURAL WORLD…THE ACADEMY OF ASSASSINS.

Abandoned as a child and unable to remember her past, Morgan was raised as a hunter, one of an elite group of fighters sworn to protect humans from the dangerous paranormal creatures who invade our world…creatures such as herself. Her life changes the day she’s summoned to the Academy of Assassins, a school that trains witches and hunters to eradicate paranormals who prey on humans. Her first assignment—find and eliminate the killer who is using the Academy as their own personal hunting ground.

As Morgan delves deeper into the investigation, she will need to dodge assassination attempts, avoid the distraction of romantic entanglements with the devilishly handsome security expert, Kincade, and his maddeningly overprotective teammates, while keeping the volatile magic in her blood concealed from those who would use it for their own purposes. When the danger increases and the school is threatened, Morgan must unearth her missing memories before someone finishes the job they started so long ago—killing her and unleashing a plague that will consume the world.

An Academy of Assassins Novel : Book 1

Meet the Assassins: Morgan, Kincade, Ascher, Ryder, Draven and Atlas.

I have had this series in my TBR list for a long time. I loved the world set by the assassins and how Morgan was centered in this new story.

It’s a reverse harem suitable for younger people, because there is a lot of character development, a lot of plot and the story is great. I was disappointed about the lack of sexy times, so that is why I say it’s safe for younger book addicts.

Morgan is raised to be an assassin her whole life. She is itching to go hunting and that is why she is transferred to the Academy of Assassins. There she meets her guys, but they don’t have time for romance. Literally, the book is packed with action and sometimes I struggled with the abundance of details but loved it.

Things I didn’t like? It’s 3rd person, but perfect on audio…. And the lack of sexy times.

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Jun 012021
 

Forget Me Not by Q.B. Tyler

What do you do when the love of your life forgets?
Not the good times.
Not the love.
Not the passion.
But the pain and heartbreak and betrayal.
He doesn’t remember that he broke my heart.
But I do.
He doesn’t remember the darkest parts of our marriage.
He doesn’t remember that six months ago, I said goodbye.
What do you do when the love of your life remembers your marriage but not your divorce?

Hana’s Review:

-4.5 stars

-second chance romance

-interracial couple

-BIPOC main character/author

 

This second chance romance is a first time read of QB Tyler for me. I received this book in a subscription box and was not disappointed.

I love a book that rips my heart out, stomps on it, mauls it and then patches it up and pats it back in your chest. I’m here for the emotional trauma. And this book dishes it out and serves it up like a Michelin-rated restaurant.

We are introduced to Olivia as she races to her soon-to-be ex-husbands bed side after a car accident. Turns out Bennet has lost the last two years – amnesia is wild!! So for Bennet, they’re still happily married and completely into each other. And you can see and feel his love and lust for his wife, it’s tangible. But Olivia is at a loss – they separated months ago, a divorce was impending. What to do?!

This was a read of two people finding their way back to each other after failing each other (and themselves). It wasn’t that they didn’t love each other… It was that love wasn’t enough without communicating and working through tragedy, grief, poor decisions, etc. The human experience, really. They learn to communicate and heal and find a path back to each other.

I loved how sexy and intense their relationship and connection was. My heart was broken alongside theirs when things sputtered and stalled. I cried when they did and I loved how they loved. This was beautifully written and I loved the spice.

Warning, there is cheating involved so if that’s a nonstarter for you, then this isn’t for you. But if you like a story of second chances, redemption, intense passion… I highly recommend it!

 

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May 312021
 

Tangled (Willow Springs Series Book 2) by Laura Pavlov

I’ve known Gray Baldwin my entire life.
He’s an arrogant frat boy with a red Solo cup permanently attached to his hand.
And he’s my brother’s best friend.
He’s made it his personal mission to annoy me and when he sets his mind to something, he rarely fails.
But when Gray and I end up at the same college, we can’t seem to stay away from one another.
I’m supposed to hate him, but when I’m alone with Gray, everything changes.
It turns out there is more to this boy than I ever knew.
Our attraction is something that can’t be extinguished.
But Gray is determined to push me away.
And I’m determined to stay.

Kassie’s Review:

Laura never fails to give me all the feels.

I was not expecting this book to hit the way it did but it talked on parents with addictions and reading it at this time struck a cord.

It left me pretty emotional at parts because it was so relatable, well maybe a little higher risk in the book then my life but still. Outside of that, Gray and Gigi are so much fun!

The brothers best friend/best friends sister trope is starting to become a favorite of mine. Specially the over-protectiveness but pretending it’s because your watching out for your best friends little sister, love it!

We of course, got more Magic Willows so that made me happy.

The girls are growing up and it’s so much fun watching them develop into adults and really go after what they want.

Can’t wait to continue this series!

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May 302021
 

Thicker Than Water by Dylan Allen

Falling in love was the easy part.

Lucia is on a winning streak.
Her book, Throw Away the Key, has taken the country by storm.
And now it’s being made into a movie.
After years of chasing it, she can finally taste freedom.

Reece Carras is one of the most powerful men in Hollywood.
Handsome, rich and generous, he’s everything girls like her aren’t supposed to dream of.

But, dream she does.

And in his strong arms she finds pleasure and comfort she never knew existed.

Falling in love was the easy part…
Cruel twists of fate and torn loyalties will make staying together seem impossible.

Sacrifices will have to be made.
And they will learn that blood may be thicker than water,
but nothing is more powerful than two hearts that beat for each other.

Hana’s Review:

– 4 stars

– Interracial couple

– BiPOC main character

 

Poignant, brilliant and timely.

I received this book in a subscription box and went into it blind. I’d never read anything by Dylan Allen before but I figured what the heck? And I was truly not disappointed. Allen’s writing is smart, funny, emotional – she pulls you in with Lucia’s story – a story of an undocumented American. A POV that I’d never read before and I loved it and I love Lucia. Her fear, her nerves but even more so, her strength, her grief, her love and joy were tangible.

Watching her navigate this new world and her feelings for Reece, the film producer taking her book to the big screen, was lovely and at times heart wrenching. Sometimes slow burn romances aren’t my thing but when the story and emotion are compelling, I am invested.

I truly enjoyed this book and will happily pick up Dylan Allen books again, for certain.

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May 282021
 

Truly by Carmel Rhodes

The summer after senior year was supposed to be the best summer of my life.⁣⁣⁣
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It was supposed to be full of adventure and self-discovery and making love under the stars.⁣⁣⁣
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It was supposed to be about losing myself and finding my way.⁣⁣⁣
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Only, it wasn’t supposed to start like this.⁣⁣⁣
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I wasn’t supposed to go to that party.⁣⁣⁣
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He wasn’t supposed to notice me.⁣⁣⁣
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The hot jock with the trust fund and chip on his shoulder.⁣⁣⁣
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My ex-boyfriend’s half-brother.⁣⁣⁣
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Noah Tedesco is so far out of my league he might as well be playing a different game.⁣⁣⁣
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Noah wasn’t supposed to look twice at a girl like me, but he did.⁣⁣⁣
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Now that I’m on his radar, my life will never be the same.⁣⁣⁣
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Truly is a dark, coming of age romance that explores themes like NON-CON DUB-CON, and happily ever after.

Hana’s Review:

– 4 stars

– Dark/Bully Romance

– Enemies-to-Lovers

– Interracial Couple

– BiPOC main character/author

 

** spoiler alert ** There are trigger warnings in the beginning of this book for a reason. Please heed them! If you are not into dark bully romance, this won’t be for you. (And that’s ok!!)

But… if you do like dark bully romance, if – like me – you like your romance rough, then you need to read this book by Carmel Rhodes. It was my first book by her and now I want to read all her works.

We meet Truly at her high school graduation getting dumped by her boyfriend. The night only gets worse as she’s traumatized by her ex’s estranged brother, Noah. I will admit that I was angry and upset at how we meet Noah and I wasn’t sure how the story could progress in anyway. But that’s this trope for you (not that I think any of the actions are in anyway condonable in reality!!!).

Truly tries to move forward and sets off on a coming of age road trip with her bestie the next day. However, we find out that her bestie invited her bf and his friend – you guessed it, it’s Noah!!

Noah is all the broody possessiveness you can imagine. He’s sexy and rough and he pushes every boundary. He recognizes how wrong he was and tries to get out of his own way to make it up to Truly. However, you want to slap him around again and again because he really can’t get out of his own way completely. He’s so driven by his intense obsession with Truly and sometimes it’s scary but, for Truly, it feeds into the dark needs she has that she never knew existed until Noah.

Their connection progresses and because of Rhodes’ exceptional writing – you buy it. You get invested. You want this to work. You seem them grow and evolve as people, as young adults and as a couple and you hope that they can both find a way to make this work in the long run.

I love how strong Truly is. She sees that she’s coming into her own and she’s owning her evolving sexuality and nature She doesn’t let Noah completely run roughshod over her. She stands her ground when she has to and she makes sure he knows she’s not a doormat. I think it’s important when exploring these kinds of relationships – dominant and submissive, or consensual nonconcent themes – you have to realize that the power exchange is about trust and that both people are willingly, enthusiastically, participating. It only works when both individuals recognize each other’s strength and trust and communication are key.

You start to fall for Noah and Truly, together, in moments of vulnerability and you become enthralled with their story and you want to see them make it. Survive all of it.

The spice and steam in this book is off the charts – Carmel Rhodes set it on fire. If you like a well-written, smutty, boundary pushing, dark romance, bully romance, enemies-to-lovers vibe – pick this up ASAP.

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May 272021
 

Captive Beauty (Harem of Redemption Book 1) by Cassia Briar

To save my brother, I sacrifice myself to three monsters.

I’ve spent the past decade on the run with my younger brother after our mother was murdered. He’s finally turned eighteen and is under protection of the supernatural academy.

But when a dare goes wrong, I’m afraid I’ve lost him forever. My only choice is to give my life in exchange for his. Now I’m theirs. I belong to three beastly men.

Cade is a terrifying, scar-faced fae.

The wolf, Lucas, guards me like I’m his fated mate.

Zane, the seductive vampire, wants more than my blood.

They want to break me. These cursed men want to own my body, heart, and soul.

I need to escape before I lose myself to their dark temptations. Though outside these walls the hunters await.

Authors Note: Ends on a cliffhanger. This is a steamy, whychoose/reverse harem, crime syndicate, dark paranormal romance. You’ll find some Beauty and the Beast themes, fated mates, and enemies-to-lovers. It contains potentially triggering situations and is recommended for mature readers.

Kassie’s Review:

This was such a fun read since it was a Beauty and the Beast retelling with a more supernatural, steamy adult twist. You can see the definite draws from Beauty and the Beast so it’s interesting to see how those tie into this story. It still works as it’s own story cause like I mentioned is a very steamy adult version with more supernatural elements. Love getting the different supernatural representation with our mobster men, a vampire, werewolf, and fae. Then of course you got the witches as well, included our main girl Emma.

The book ends on a big cliffhanger that leaves you craving the next book. I can’t wait to see where we pick up and get to dive into more of everyone’s backgrounds. The men all have their own dark past and Emma has secrets uncovered in Captive Beauty but we still need answers. I’m excited to get more of this story and not to mention more of the spice

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May 012021
 

The Somber Call (The Ariane Trilogy Book 2) by Michelle Dare

A tragic loss. A broken pack. A lone wolf.

The pack war was drawing closer, and Ariane found herself at a crossroad amid the chaos that was her life.

Which road should she follow? One gave her a chance at normalcy, while the other threw her deeper into turmoil.

She had new powers, a shifter for a boyfriend, and blood on her hands.

There was also the lone wolf who had been cast out and sought solace with Ari as he fought to return home.

This wasn’t how she thought her life would play out.

Nevertheless, a decision had to be made. And in the middle of it was Orion, wondering which road Ari would follow.

I am angry. I am angry for Ford. All I can say about this second book is how unfair everything is for Ford.

I am angry because I know this is a character development and the relationships between Ari and everyone is still in the making. She is kind and loves too much. BUT damn… everything i’ve read is Ari and Ford… Ford and Ari…. Ford, Ford, Ford… and Rion on the side. I hate it.

I will continue this series because I am invested in Rion to finally be seen as he is supposed to be and Ford to have his deserving mate.

Ari, I am angry at you and your confused, young and childish thoughts.

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May 012021
 

The Ash Moon (The Ariane Trilogy Book 1) by Michelle Dare

A kept secret. A life altered. A new journey.

Ariane lived her life one book at a time. She would never have guessed those books were about to change everything.

They led her to Orion.

Tall, dark, with eyes only for her. The rest of the world ceased to exist when Orion was around. But during a fateful ash moon, he shifted into a wolf. Ari thought she was dreaming, but she’d recognize those eyes anywhere.

Fiction became reality. Fantasy was actually history. And soon, Ari would learn her role in it.

A pack war was on the horizon, and she was the only one who could stop it.

Nothing would ever be as it once was, because Ariane was now part of the Avynwood Pack.

I was recommended this series by a friend and started reading in blind. What I knew was that it started slow but the rest of the series is worth it.

Ariene is a normal human, in love with her romance paranormal author. She goes to a signing and there she is invited by said author to an after party.

Ari soon learns that she was there for a reason and that she soon will met her wolf mate, Orion. This is how she learns that every romance she’s ever read are real and inspired from the pack life she is now part of.

Yes, the book starts slow, no sexy times as they are both virgins. I was promised the book goes better and I will read into it more. Kept posted on my reviews for the following. Keep in mind that the first one is setting the pace and building their world. We learn of it as Ari does, while Rion is patiently waiting to claim his mate.

While I’m loving the main characters, I can’t help but feel more for the vampire and his unrequited love for Ari. It’s heartbreaking, but I know he will have his own HEA.

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Apr 232021
 

Wanted Wed Or Alive (The G.D. Taylors Series #1) by Willow Aster & Laura Pavlov

From best selling authors Willow Aster and Laura Pavlov comes the first book in a new rom-com series.

A runaway groom. A cautious neighbor. Too many sexually fueled run-ins to speak of.

Mya…
I came to New York for a fresh start.
A new job. A new apartment. A new life.
The last thing I’m looking for is a man.
Been there.
Done that.

Jesse…
I flee for my life when I leave Chicago.
Escaping a lifetime of misery.
But from the moment my eyes land on Mya Whitfield—I’m done for.
And don’t even get me started on watching her play the cello.
I’ve never envied anything the way I envy that enormous piece of wood between her legs.
Move over, cello…
There’s a new man in town.

**This is book 1 in the G.D. Taylors series. Each one features a different sibling and can be read as a complete standalone. A HEA is guaranteed!**

The G.D. Taylors Series:
Wanted Wed or Alive
The Bold and the Bullheaded
Another Motherfaker
Don’t Cry over Spilled MILF
Friends with Benefactors

Kassie’s Review
Wanted Wed or Alive was lough out loud funny with plenty of second hand embarrassment.
I love this book and all of the character (ok maybe not all, *cough cough* jilted bride).
The Brothers are something else. I loved the close knit big family vibes of the Taylor’s and Mya’s family dynamic was fun too.
There’s plenty of spicy moments in this book, lots of super cute aww moments, hilarious moments, and as mentioned before second hand embarrassment moments (here’s looking at you Jesse). I’m here for all the landlord/flipping properties part of the book too.
Sign me up for a hot Taylor brother who will hook me up with a beautiful New York apartment with floor to ceiling windows and a big soaking tub. I’m excited to continue the journey around the G.D. Taylor’s.

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Apr 162021
 

The Ruthless (Queen Crow #2) by J Bree

Everything has changed.
The time away from my family was supposed to be about finding myself, finding out who I am now that I am free, but nothing in our world is easy and some lessons are the hardest to learn.
I can’t trust anyone.
With two open spots on the Twelve that have to be filled, loyalties won’t just be tested, they’ll be pushed to the limits. No one is safe once they step into the Game.
All of my dreams of leaving high school and my family being free seem like a distant memory now, the shadows of our pasts still hanging over our every move. Sticking together has never been so hard.
But one thing is for sure.
Nothing will ever be the same again.
Publication date : March 17, 2021

HA!… I thought I was smart to read book 1 after book 2 came out but I can’t avoid the cliffhanger for this one. And it’s brutal.

But the series is so worth it. I know it’s long to wait until July. I was left in a bad mood when I finished it but in serious awe with J. Bree. She is brilliant and the complexity of the story and how in depth her character development marks … it hits every emotion you may have.

I feel like I am sucked into the story, a little lost and wanting to keep up with their word because this is a new one. Hannaford had the Jackal to worry, but now… a lot of players on the board.

Anyway, fantastic series… fantastic characters, loved the fact that Avery picks both the Crow and the Stag. What I most enjoy is that they are enemies, and Atticus is not willing to share the object of his madness. A lot of secrets come out, more secrets left in the dust… and the cliffhanger leaves you begging for at least one more page to know more.

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Apr 162021
 

All Hail (Queen Crow #1) by J. Bree

The death of my serial killer father was supposed to free me.
After the horrors of high school my family has reluctantly left me behind to heal from my trauma on my own terms but since my kidnapping I no longer know the girl who stares back at me in the mirror.
The love of my life is avoiding me, desperate to keep me safe, and the man who should hate me won’t stop coming to my rescue. I’ve always known what I wanted but now I’m not so sure.
But the criminal underworld of Mounts Bay never sleeps and with new players on the board there’s all new threats and the stakes have never been higher.
But one thing is for sure.
I would rather die on my feet than live on my knees.
Publication Date : November 10, 2020

I am glad I waited for at least book 2 to come out, because I successfully dogged a major cliffy.

I have done my re read of Hannford Prep, read Book 5 from the guy’s POV and then started Avery’s book.

As we know Avery is the Queen. The Ice Queen. She is fierce, loves her family and would do anything to keep them safe. The action takes place just as the guys go on tour with Blaise and now Avery needs to deal with her new role, alone and with the trauma she had under the Jackal’s kidnapping.

We finally know more, and man.. the story is so complex it actually blows my mind and I feel like I’m a detective following all these threads to keep up.

With Hannaford it was “simple”… deal with the Jackal.. but now… it’s a brand new world and new key players. 2 of which Avery wants to keep.

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Apr 152021
 

Wild for You by Amanda Bailey

Fireflies, night swimming, and falling for my best friend.

He’s all I ever wanted—all I thought I’d ever need.

Hearing he didn’t feel the same gutted me.

And when he left, he took my whole heart with him.

Six years later, he finds me and turns my quiet life upside down.

He convinces me to go back to the lake—where it all started.

Where we’ll get a whole new beginning …

And say a final goodbye.

Kassie’s Review:

Wild for You is a spin-off to the Flirting with Forever series and it made for a perfect little addition.
Willow made her appearance in Fight for You as Sawyers roommate and she was such a fun side character.
I’m glad she got her own book with her own happy ending. Willow and Mav’s friends-to-lovers romance with your small dose of drama was perfect. I loved all their childhood memories coming up. Such a sweet and beautiful story but of course with some spice.
I loved getting a little more of Hadleigh, Sawyer, Maddison, and Shawn.
The girls doing karaoke and Sawyers karaoke trivia, perfection! There’s a lot to make you smile in this book but there’s also some emotional parts that made this story even more beautiful.
As always, this book can be a stand-alone but the Flirting with Forever series as a whole is really great!
YOU CAN EXPECT:
contemporary romance

friends-to-lovers
ALL. THE. FEELS.

tearjerker
skinny dipping

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Apr 152021
 

Make My Move (Hannaford Prep) by J Bree

The Mounty trash has wormed her way into our circle.

We have no choice but to wait until she shows her hand, each move on the board more risky than the last. There’s no way she’s not a spy, not with her allegiance with the sociopath drug addict who walks the halls with murder on his mind.

We’re watching her every move, every choice she makes reshaping the world we live in.

The halls of Hannaford Prep have never been so deadly. The game is only just beginning and now I need to make my move.
Publication date : April 14, 2021

I was waiting for this book. I love Hannaford Prep Series and this is the book of the guys’ POV.

To clear a bit if you’re confused, this book is ONLY from the guys with multiple POV and retells book 2 from the series.

There are small things each of them did that we finally know more, or their struggle to accept Lips into their family.

I was most excited to read about Ash because he was the one that caved last, but Harley is still my favorite.

Just as an idea if you reread or start the series for the first time, read book 2 and this one in tandem. It’s so much fun.

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Apr 142021
 

Anarchy (Hades Book 2) by Tate James

Anarchy is the SECOND in a new Shadow Grove series. Several characters cross over to the Madison Kate series but it is not necessary to read MK’s story first. HADES is a contemporary new adult reverse harem series, which means the leading lady has several love interests and never has to choose in order to find her HEA.

Five years ago, I made a choice that I haven’t regretted a day since. I protected the single most important person in my world, my little sister. I protected myself, and I seized control of the Tri-state Timberwolves.

Since then, I’ve wielded that power with an iron fist. Done whatever it took to take care of my people. Kept us out of the public eye, and kept us safe.

Now a ghost from my past is threatening my position. Challenging me. Peddling their poison and breaking my rules. Stabbing at me in the dark.

Blowing up my fucking club.

But this last attack has taken it one step too far. They have no idea the lengths I’ll go to protect what is mine. And Lucas? He’s mine.

They want anarchy? They haven’t seen anything yet.

Anarchy is book TWO of FOUR in the Hades series.

Wellllllll…. Tate James is the QUEEN of cliffhangers. I mean she is brutal… How does she do it? She makes you fall in love with her characters and then BAM… wait 1 or 2 months to see what happens. Club 22 comes out June 11th.

Regardless of the cliffhanger, which let’s be honest, you know it by now with her books…. I was heart and soul for this baby. I want to know more, I need to know more.. and my heart broke at the end of the book.

Hayden has a lot of trouble to deal with and now she faces a betrayal on her hands. I know this has a big twist to it so I am confident in resolving the issue, but DAMN… how can I say this without being too spoilery? … Cass is in trouble.. big time. And I want to barge into the story and shake him for that crap he pulled.

Read the damn book. Read it and come here to vent. You’ll need it. Trust me.

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Apr 142021
 

Untamed (Rejected Mate Academy Book 1) by E. M. Moore

Welcome to the school for shifter rejects…

Unwanted.

Dismissed.

Cast away by their mate, the renounced are directed to attend university together by the Pack Council to salvage what’s left of their shattered lives. The objective? Reform, impress, or get the hell out.

There’s no room in the packs for wolves who don’t conform. Who can’t breed future heirs.

With living feral, a.k.a. certain death, as the only alternative, the rejects need to win back their true mate—or find an appropriate alternative—before they’re banished from the packs forever.

The Rejected Mate Academy series is an M/F wolf shifter romance. The first book, Untamed, will more than likely release sooner than the current pre-order date. For news and announcements on this series, please join E. M. Moore’s Facebook group or subscribe to her newsletter.

I got this baby after I saw that the author confirmed it was a standalone with interconnected couples along the series. It is quite the buzz lately with the rejected mate trope and it’s one I have previously searched for.

Kinsey is rejected by her mate because she was a cast out in  her pack. She avoided dealing with anything and preferred to isolate herself due to mean gossip and the others judging her based on some rumors.

In their world there is an Academy for rejected mates who attend there after being rejected. There they are reformed.. ha.. taught how to win their mates back.

Kinsey is mad at the world and hurt by Jonah rejecting her. Luckily Fate chose a good mate for her and they manage to form a connection.

So yes, this is a rejected mate that has HEA.

I can’t wait to read the others in this series because the book has unique stuff going on and I truly got invested.

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