Oct 192019
 
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Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas

“We were perfect together. Until we met.”

Misha

I can’t help but smile at the words in her letter. She misses me.

In fifth grade, my teacher set us up with pen pals from a different school. Thinking I was a girl, with a name like Misha, the other teacher paired me up with her student, Ryen. My teacher, believing Ryen was a boy like me, agreed.
“We were perfect together. Until we met.”

Misha

I can’t help but smile at the words in her letter. She misses me.

In fifth grade, my teacher set us up with pen pals from a different school. Thinking I was a girl, with a name like Misha, the other teacher paired me up with her student, Ryen. My teacher, believing Ryen was a boy like me, agreed.

It didn’t take long for us to figure out the mistake. And in no time at all, we were arguing about everything. The best take-out pizza. Android vs. iPhone. Whether or not Eminem is the greatest rapper ever…

And that was the start. For the next seven years, it was us.

Her letters are always on black paper with silver writing. Sometimes there’s one a week or three in a day, but I need them. She’s the only one who keeps me on track, talks me down, and accepts everything I am.

We only had three rules. No social media, no phone numbers, no pictures. We had a good thing going. Why ruin it?

Until I run across a photo of a girl online. Name’s Ryen, loves Gallo’s pizza, and worships her iPhone. What are the chances?

F*ck it. I need to meet her.

I just don’t expect to hate what I find.

Ryen

He hasn’t written in three months. Something’s wrong. Did he die? Get arrested? Knowing Misha, neither would be a stretch.

Without him around, I’m going crazy. I need to know someone is listening. It’s my own fault. I should’ve gotten his number or picture or something.

He could be gone forever.

Or right under my nose, and I wouldn’t even know it.

Title: Punk 57
Author: Penelope Douglas
Publication Date: October 21st, 2016
Shelves: Contemporary; Romance; High School Romance;
Format: Kindle (343 pages)
Rating: 10/10

Needless to say, I love all Penelope Douglas’s books. She’s an author I follow and read everything she writes. There is yet to see if one of her books does not reach my 10 star folder.

If you haven’t read Punk 57, do it now since this high school Pen Pal Love-Hate book will be sure on your re-reads folder after that.

Misha and Ryen are pen pals friends. They have been writing to each other for the past 7 years when 1 night changed everything for Misha. He stopped writing without an explanation.

After 3 months without a word, she still writes him because she promised she will never stop.

While dealing with her loss, a boy named Mason comes to Ryen’s school and begins to stand up to her mean girl bully. Misha and Mason are the same guy, but she doesn’t know that since he is on a mission. Since their towns are next to each other, they never met or know how they look. But Misha knows.

Now, he also knows Ryen is different in person to the girl he receives letters from. Why is she running this double life? Is his mission more important than the girl who has his heart? To love or hate her?

The story is breathtaking. You will be sucked right into the story and feel with them. It’s what I crave more on romance novels!

On a plus side Misha is related to one of our boys in another series of her. But I’ll let you figure it out yourself. If you want to know it, message me in the comments and I’ll reply.


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Oct 162019
 
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Weight Expectations (Cipher Security #1) by M.E. Carter

Rian Thompson thought she joined the gym to get healthy. Little did she know she was about to add hundred and ninety pounds of swoonworthy abdominal muscles and arrogance to her life.
Every day in Rians’s life follows a predictable pattern, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. She’s got a nice job, a nice place to live, and a nice family – even if they are a little wedding-zilla-ish at the moment.

She doesn’t need anything spectacular to be happy. She just needs to get healthy – mentally, physically. . . and maybe spiritually if that happens. But she’ll settle for two out of three until her sister finally gets hitched.
Carlos Davies thought his life was perfect. Little did he know it was about to be turned upside down by a woman who is not his type.

In Carlos’s mind, his life is damn near perfect. He’s got a great job, a great place to live, and a great stash of pick up lines that always work. It has occurred to him that maybe no one actually takes him all that seriously. But with these bulging biceps and thick, dark hair, does that even matter since he’s never sleeping alone?

Welcome to Weight Expectations, where great—and unexpected—things happen.

Title: Weight Expectations (Cipher Office #1)
Author: M.E. Carter
Publication Date: January 27th, 2017
Shelves: Contemporary; Romance;
Format: Kindle (302 pages)
Rating: 6/10

I really don’t know how to stars this review since I felt disappointed with it. I mean, I loved Rian Thompson and am grateful the books addressed weight issues, but the heroine was too tough on herself.

My mother is overweight, and I would never use those terms to describe her… and from what I know about people with weight issues, there are things this book downplayed and overplayed the least of their worries.

Other than that, Rian is funny and fun and smart… and why on earth… after months of hard workout and eating rabbit food, her weight is the same????

So this is why I am disappointed because I stopped my focus on these kind of things instead of the couple.. and in comes Carlos Devies with his own insecurities. But since he’s good looking and fit, his insecurities come from working in an office with GQ males. And he felt a bit shallow being in his 40s with no relationships under his belt.

On the plus side.. we see more of Quinn which I loved seeing him freak out over his new baby coming soon.

So, yeah.. I have difficulties rating this book since my expectations were so high based on these Pennyverse novels.

Weight Expectations by M.E Carter

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Oct 152019
 
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Code of Conduct (Cipher Security #1) by April White
There are three things you need to know about Shane P.I. 1) P.I. is not her last name, it’s her job title, 2) Her specialty is catching cheaters, and 3) she’s a superhuman – kind of.
Gabriel is a security expert for Cipher Security, and a former UN Peacekeeper with a fierce protective streak that finds its focus on the beautiful P.I.

Their attraction is like an elephant in a room full of breakable things, and figuring out how to trust each other with their hearts, and maybe their lives, is the most fragile thing of all.

Title: Code of Conduct (Cipher Security #1)
Author: April White
Publication Date: October 15th, 2019
Shelves: Contemporary; Romance; PI;
Format: Kindle (408 pages)
Rating: 9/10

This book felt like a movie! I love Penny Reid’s books, so of course I had in mind to read all the books written from the Pennyverse World.

Code of Conduct is taken part in the world of Quinn Sullivan’s office and we get quite a lot of interactions with him, but more with Alex Greene and Sandra Greene.

P.I. Shane has a hidden life and has started a new one in the city of Cipher Security’s territory. Here she has a case that will take her “to bed” with the team of the hottest security out there.

She knows she’s in trouble when she accidentally meets Gabriel. Soon he takes a more close interest in figuring out what mysteries she hides.

You are in for a treat because this book deals with loss and surviving, plus I haven’t read so many books with mix race. I love how the characters are built and their chemistry runs deep. Love knows no boundaries and this book shows it in full.

Congrats to April White, because she did a fine job!

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Oct 102019
 
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Pour Judgment by Heather M. Orgeron

Korie Potter’s got goals. Goals that do not include following in her mother’s footsteps. Rock stars and the life of the rich and famous? Yeah… not interested. She likes her heart in one piece, thank you very much.

Until a weekend of booze and bad decisions at camp Pour Judgment finds her fake-engaged to country music’s most notorious bad boy, Rhett Taylor, and completely at his mercy.

You see, Korie Potter’s also got a dream, and her new “fiancé” just may have the connections to make it come true.

Title: Pour Judgment
Author: Heather M. Orgeron
Publication Date: October 10th, 2019
Shelves: Contemporary; Romance;
Format: Kindle (pages)
Rating: 8/10

I fell in love with Heather M. Orgeron’s books while reading Boomerang, and since then, I am reading everything she writes.

This book has rock stars and single camps and sassy heroine, meaning it’s a recipe for “disaster”. I loved it!

Korie Potter wants nothing of the life of celebrities, even if her cousin is part of this world. When she joins him to a party, she catches the eye of Rhett Taylor, famous rock star and playboy, but her refusal only makes him want her more.

At first, he was all for the conquest and follows her to camp Pour Judgment, a camp for singles to meet and have 4 days of fun. At this camp, everything changes, because Korie is more than meets the eye and Rhett is mesmerized. During a display of begging for her phone number, they get photographed and he is on his knees.

The news of Rhett Taylor being engaged soon goes viral and he thinks this is a way to keep her by convincing her to accept the status that goes from being his fiancée and help her succeed in her skateboard career.

She tries to believe him and accepts, but soon things prove too good to be true and her world comes tumbling down. Only it’s after feelings are involved.

This was a lovely easy read for me and I’ve read it in one sitting.

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Baking Me Crazy (Donner Bakery #1) by Karla Sorensen

I’m Levi Buchanan, and until five years ago, I thought the legend of my family’s curse was a load of crazy, Southern nonsense.

No curse can make you fall in love at first sight. No curse can force a true, deep, passionate, all-consuming love that will haunt you all the days of your life.

Then I met Jocelyn Abernathy and I realized how completely wrong I was.

The problem is, Jocelyn guards her feelings like well-armed soldier. She’s the most beautiful, stubborn, infuriating woman I’ve ever met. Every time she talks, I want to kiss the living daylights out of her. But I can’t.

Because when we met, she didn’t need true love. She needed a best friend. And that’s what I’ve been to her… for five years.

But when Jocelyn meets a handsome stranger her first day working at Donner Bakery and she lets him buy her a dill pickle cupcake, I realize with ominous regret that I may have missed my window with my best friend.

If I can’t get her to see past our friendship, my new curse may be to watch the love of my life move on with someone else.

‘Baking Me Crazy’ is a full-length contemporary romantic comedy, can be read as a standalone, and is book#1 in the Donner Bakery series, Green Valley World, Penny Reid Book Universe.

Title: Baking Me Crazy (Donner Bakery #1)
Author: Karla Sorensen
Publication Date: October 8th, 2019
Shelves: Contemporary; Romance;
Format: Kindle (252 pages)
Rating: 8/10

I fell in love with the Winston Brother’s world by Penny Reid, and I am extremely happy to get front row seats to the authors who continue to write into their world.

In Baking Me Crazy, the story takes place in Jennifer and Cletus’ world at her Donner Bakery and we see glimpses of them on and off.

I feel like this book has been a breath of fresh air.

The heroine is struggling to learn how to walk after being in a wheelchair for the past 7 years, due to a virus that caused damage into her spinal cord. She was an athlete, still is, and her struggles are real.

I enjoy the stories that feel real to me, even if this is a love at first sight / family “curse” one love type. I connected with the characters and this is what matters to me most in a book.

18-year-old Levi Buchanan meets 16-year-old Jocelyn Abernathy while assist coaching her basketball team. He realizes right there that the curse of his family is real, and he falls in love. When he asks her out, he gets turned down and get friend zoned. After 5 years of being best friends, he finally feels something has changed and Joss is ready to be confronted with his feelings.

Levi learns to live with his feelings and wait until she’s ready.

The Donner Bakery Series will have 2 more books and I can’t wait to get my hands on them!



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Never Have I Ever (Always Satisfied #3) by Lauren Blakely

Falling for the enemy has never been so deliciously complicated in this standalone romance where a sexy single dad meets his unexpected match! Get ready for all the feels!

Never have I ever been so infuriated by a man I wanted to kiss.
They say opposites attract, but I beg to differ. Combust is more like it. Because every single time I talk to Zach Nolan, I see red.

The too-good-looking, too-smart, too-effortlessly charming single dad who works down the hall from me has turned getting under my skin into a sport. Call it the battle of wits between the wedding planner and the divorce attorney.

Trouble is, when we’re forced into closer quarters planning an engagement party for our best friends, I start to see his other sides.

And I fear I’m falling for the enemy.
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I’m not out to make friends. My goals are simple — fight till the end for my clients, and my family.

The last thing I need is a vibrant, outgoing, snarky, and surprisingly big-hearted wedding planner to spend my precious free time with…except, watching Piper bond with my daughter just might break down the cinder block walls I’ve built around my heart these last few years.

Second chances don’t come around for guys like me…or do they?

Title: Never Have I Ever (Always Satisfied #3)
Author: Lauren Blakely
Publication Date: October 4th, 2019
Shelves: Contemporary; Romance;
Format: Kindle (300 pages)
Rating: 9/10

Lauren Blakely did it again, and I mean that with all my never have I ever heart!

In a world where Zach Nolan fights as being a divorced attorney, he is lucky enough to have a very happy life with his wife. Unfortunately, he is a widow way too early and manages to balance his life as a ruthless shark and an attentive father to his two beautiful children. All this while mourning his wife.

His children are his priority, but when wedding planner Piper moves across his office, a place they share through a mutual college friend, things start heating up.

Suddenly, the infuriating Piper seems more than just a pretty face, and while everyone encourages Zach to start dating again, he has to think of his kids first.

All this changes when their 2 close friends surprise everyone by getting engaged and rushing a wedding that Piper will manage and Zach, as best man, will help.

Now how is the best man supposed to keep his hands off the maid of honor? Read the book and you’ll find out.

Never Have I Ever is based on the inside jokes which will bring Zach and Piper together. Hot office scenes, London trips and cute babies. What’s not to love?


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Crimes of Cupidity (Heart Hassle #3) by Raven Kennedy

What do you get when you have four mates, one psychotic prince, a horde of rebels, and a cupid who just got yanked out of the realm?

A big freaking problem, that’s what.

I was supposed to take on my first real mission as a spy. I was supposed to go find my missing mate and discover who our real allies are for the war that’s brewing in the fae realm.

Instead, I’m thrown back to where I was first created. Cupidville. And, judging by the look I’m getting from the Head of all Cupidity, and the big Terminate button that he’s holding, this problem is about to get much worse.

The thing is, I’m more of a lover than a fighter, but when it has to do with staying with my mates, this cupid might just cut a bitch. I’ve waited my entire existence to find love, and now that I have it, I’m not going to give it up without a fight.

Author’s note: This is the third book of the Heart Hassle Series. This is a reverse harem story and includes sexually explicit scenes and mature language. Intended for ages 18 years and older.

Title: Crimes of Cupidity (Heart Hassle #3)
Author: Raven Kennedy
Publication Date: January 31st, 2019
Shelves: Romance; Paranormal;
Format: Kindle (346 pages)
Rating: 9/10

It’s me, it’s probably me, because I disconnected a bit with the final book. I love myself a chatty heroine, but not during sexy time with not so sexy comments! Also, my problem with books like this is that the final BIG battle is rushed.

BUT, all in all, I had fun during this series. The first book got me so excited, I really raised my bars so high for an epic ending, and probably that is why I feel this way.

The story was interesting enough with plot twists that you could not even imagine since I had not time to dig in and see where all the new findings take me.

And yeah, taking aside my bit of disappointment, this series was hilarious, the books really have funny situations where you find yourself laughing out loud.

So, in this book you’ll finally find out what happens when she got yanked back into Cupidville, how the guys managed to survive without her and what happens to her lamassu mate. Ronak, Evert and Sylred are still lovely, scary pussycats for others while the world might come to the final battle.

I am happy to know that Raven Kennedy has released other books into the world of Cupidville.


Signs of Cupidity

Bonds of Cupidity

Crimes of Cupidity

For the Love of Cupidity

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Bonds of Cupidity (Heart Hassle #2) by Raven Kennedy
Note to my stupid cupid self: The next time I go and anchor myself to a hot covey, make sure those anchors aren’t about to compete in a fight to the death. Yeah. Total downer.
I have a body now and I don’t intend to lose it. I also don’t intend to lose the genfins that I’ve grown so attached to. So it’s time to return to the kingdom island and hope like hell that my guys make it through the royal trials of the culling. I also have to hope that the prince of the realm doesn’t spot me. If he does, I’m pretty sure I have imprisonment and torture to look forward to. But we can make it through this. I know we can. I’m at least 70% sure we can, anyway.
Okay, maybe it’s more like fifty-fifty. But after we do? Well, my to-do list is long, but convincing my genfins that they belong with me is pretty high up there. So is dessert. And trying some fairy wine. And skinny dipping. Also sex. Lots and lots of sex. But mostly, I just want what I’ve always wanted—to have love of my own. Wings crossed that the genfins get on board with that plan.
This cupid has her work cut out for her. Author’s note: This is the second book of the Heart Hassle Series, so there is a cliffhanger. Be warned. This is a reverse harem story and includes sexually explicit scenes and mature language. Intended for ages 18 years and older.

Title: Bonds of Cupidity (Heart Hassle #2)
Author: Raven Kennedy
Publication Date: September 9th, 2018
Shelves: Romance; Paranormal;
Format: Kindle (386 pages)
Rating: 10/10

I wrote in the first book’s review that I effing giggled the whole book, but here I am after reading the 2nd one and everything is still gliggle-ish. While Signs of Cupidity ended fairy OK cliffhanger wise, the Bonds of Cupidity did not!!!

What you’ll get in this book is that Emelle finds another mate in the quest to save or find the guys. I was a bit shocked on that since I did not see it coming. And now I keep asking myself are the guys complete? I have a suspicion she’s gained another “acquaintance”, but so far that is her love interest.

Some things made me eye roll or cringe a bit, especially since Emelle talks way too much for her benefit, but the guys make up in spades. And this I mean on the love scenes, where she’s a bit too childish for my liking, but she’s still funny AF.

As I was saying, I think I am a bit conservatory in my paranormal world, but I don’t judge a book based on that. And since I am telling you this, is because this book made me looooove the genfins so hard, that OMG I want one!


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For the Love of Cupidity

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Signs of Cupidity (Heart Hassle #1) by Raven Kennedy

You’d think that basically being in charge of love would be an epic job, right? Wrong. Sure, I can blow some Lust into people’s faces and watch the show, but I can’t actually participate. It gets old, trust me. Same goes for love. I can pass it out like sugar-free lollipops at a dentist’s office, but I can’t get any love for myself. It totally sucks.

I used to consider myself a hopeless romantic, so why wouldn’t I choose to become a cupid? Sounds like a good idea, right? Wrong again. They don’t call us stupid cupids for nothing. I’m stuck in this never-ending afterlife where I’m invisible, lonely, and bitter as hell. And yeah, I’m probably responsible for some terrible matchmaking out there. Sorry, not sorry.

All my bad cupid’ing might be why I was exiled from the human realm. You can only do so much before the cupid bosses get all huffy. Unfortunately, my bitterness carried over into the new realm, and then I attacked a fae prince with Love Arrows. Accidentally. Okay, not accidentally. But hey, he deserved it. What I didn’t expect was for him to retaliate and hit my ass with some crazy magic mojo strong enough to push me into the physical realm. Whoa.

That’s right. This cupid just got a real body. And you know what that means…Now, it’s my turn to get some. Love, I mean. Get your head out of the gutter. Wink, wink bitches.

Author’s Note: This is a medium-burn reverse harem story. It includes explicit language and sexual situations. Intended for audiences 18 years and older. As this is a series, there will be a cliffhanger.

Title: Signs of Cupidity (Heart Hassle #1)
Author: Raven Kennedy
Publication Date: August 23rd, 2018
Shelves: Romance; Paranormal;
Format: Kindle (256 pages)
Rating: 10/10

I have heard a lot of this series before, and every single screenshot I have, or FB thread with Laugh-Out-Loud books, has it mentioned. Therefore, I started reading it.

First line, and I giggled. Then all the pages were so funny and hilarious, that I found myself effiing giggling the whole time.

I am not a fan of paranormal books with creatures I find too diverse, probably just used to the normal shifters, vampires and werewolves, but OMG, these Fae don’t kid themselves.

So, here’s the thing in Signs of Cupidity, Emelle or Cupid number ML, has been bored for being a Cupid this long without any action. She’s a blubbering mess, but a hilarious mess. From Human’s Realm, she gets “promoted” to Fae Realm, where she really gets in trouble.

In the Fae Royal Castle, she manages to somehow get the attention of their crowned prince, and he unleashed some magic into her, making her corporeal. But now she needs to run for her life.

After all these confusing situations, she gets herself on an island where 3 handsome genfins men are here to complete their banishment. Ronak, Evert and Sylred are a covert. Now things will get interested, so buy the damn series at once!!!

This book has been fantastic as a start series, and I cannot wait to read the rest. Thank God I can Binge it in 2 days!


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For the Love of Cupidity

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Bad Boy Brody by Tijan

One punch took him from Hollywood’s Golden Boy to Bad Boy Brody.

The media didn’t care he was grieving his brother’s death. They descended on him, but to change his reputation, his manager got him a deal.

Act in an indie film, one that already had Oscar buzz, and he’d get the movie roles he needed to secure his future.

He took the deal.

Yet he wasn’t prepared for the real-life people behind the script. He wasn’t prepared for the murder the movie was based on. And he really wasn’t prepared for her, the biggest secret of all.

She was wild. She was beautiful. She defied gravity.

But was she the leading role that would tame him?

Title: Bad Boy Brody
Author: Tijan
Publication Date: May 7th, 2018
Shelves: Contemporary; Romance;
Format: Kindle (298 pages)
Rating: 10/10

As I’ve said before, I’m in a Tijan bubble lately, so Bad Boy Brody was next in line. If you get confused like I did, when you saw that the book is also told from Mathew Kellerman’s POV, I had to check again if I had a M/M book in my hands.

This actually sounds brilliant to me that this book is told from 3 POV, Brody, Mathew and Morgan. In the beginning things seems fuzzy and I was actually asking myself if Morgan was real or not. The mystery around her mother’s death and Brody coming up to shoot a movie on, has Morgan restless.

As you’ll see further down the line, Morgan is a very kindred spirit, and she has a deep connection with a herd of wild Mustangs, more with a mare that saved her when she had to run and hide while her mother was being murdered.

Only people who lose someone understand what is like to suffer and want to forget, while also fighting to remember the person you loved so much. After Brody loses his brother, everything goes downfall.

His only shot at redeeming himself is if he does this movie. What he did not expect was to find Morgan and fall hard for her. Will his love be enough for the wild girl?


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War of Hearts (True Immortality #1) by S. Young

New York Times Bestselling author Samantha Young writing as S. Young!

Thea Quinn has no idea what she is. All she knows is that her abilities have been a plague upon her life since she was a child. After years of suffering at the hands of a megalomaniac, Thea escaped and has been on the run ever since.

The leadership and protection of his pack are of the utmost importance to Conall MacLennan, Alpha and Chief of Clan MacLennan, the last werewolf pack in Scotland. Which is why watching his sister slowly die of a lycanthropic disease is emotional torture. When Conall is approached by a businessman who offers a cure for his sister in exchange for the use of Conall’s rare tracking ability, Conall forges an unbreakable contract with him. He has to find and retrieve the key to the cure: dangerous murderer, Thea Quinn.

Thea’s attempts to evade the ruthless werewolf are not only thwarted by the Alpha, but by outside dangers. With no choice but to rely on one another for survival, truths are revealed, intensifying a passionate connection they both fight to resist. At war with themselves and each other, Conall and Thea’s journey to Scotland forces them to face a heartrending choice between love and betrayal.

Title: War of Hearts
Author: S. Young
Publication Date: October 1st, 2019
Shelves: Contemporary; Romance; Paranormal;
Format: Kindle (447 pages)
Rating: 9/10

War of Hearts is the first paranormal book of Samantha Young’s and I am really glad that I had a front row seat on reading an ARC. When I found out that she’s the one writing it, I did not even read the blurb, just drove right in.
Thank God because it’s a great way to start a series, especially when the book is also a standalone, meaning you don’t need to wait for book 2 in order to see the ending.

Despite War of Hearts being a standalone and has her own HEA, I still have unanswered questions and the main plot is still being developed. We just get a glimpse of their paranormal world that has much to give.

Thea Quinn has been running from an evil man for 6 years, but now he’s finally found her using the Alpha and Chief of Clan MacLennan, Conall MacLennan. He has quite an extraordinary ability for their kind, because once he has a scent, he doesn’t forget it and can find you anywhere. That is how he finds Thea. Unfortunately for him, she is always good at using her abilities, at least the ones she’s aware of having.

On their journey to Scotland, Conall fights his attraction to her and also his instincts. Fortunately, their chemistry is too much to ignore so they give in, but that has major consequences to both of them.

Considering Conall bargained his sister’s survival on Thea’s blood to heal her, they are in more trouble now when feelings are involved.



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Void by Raven Kennedy & Coralee June

I was born of nothing.

I’m a Void, a rare supernatural capable of absorbing powers at the brush of my skin.

Feared. Hated. Untouchable.

Thibault Academy is full of supernaturals that want me dead, and the most powerful of them, the Paragons, will stop at nothing to ensure I go back to the hell I came from. They’re cruel, heartless, and have created an unlikely alliance to take me down.

If I want to learn how to control the nothingness, I’ll have to survive them.

I was born of the void, but I’ll die from the power.

This is a reverse harem bully romance.

Title: Void
Author: Raven Kennedy & Coralee June
Publication Date: June 8th, 2019
Shelves: Contemporary; Romance; Paranormal;
Format: Kindle (382 pages)
Rating: 10/10

I have read my fair share of Paranormal Romances and got the taste of them all. This one, in particular, is something I have never read of, and I loved the inspirations the authors had.

Now, a Void is in full center in this wonderful PNR RH standalone. I devoured it in one sitting, and I can’t wait to read more of their work.

The Void, Devicka, a name I totally love by the way, has been hated and chased away since her powers came. She accidently stripped her mother of her powers and was chased away in the world of humans.

Now, she accidentally, switched powers between a vampire and a shifter, and all hell broke loose. Now, she’s being studied and sent to the prestigious Academy she dreamt her whole life attending, but under different circumstances. She is feared, hated and picked on for what she is. Because she’s a Void, she can strip away powers of supernatural and no body wants to be in her presence.

Her babysitters are Render (the Vampire), Gritt (the shifter), Hyde (the Necromancers) and Quade (the Elemental). They soon fight their attraction and find out they are destined to be mates.

Now the only problem is the Council and their need of power. When a power play is in the cards, how does a Void survive?
Loved this book!


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NAKED OR DEAD by A.E. Murphy

Small town, small-minded people, small expectations, and big A-holes.
Lilith Deville is the new enigma at Lakeside Preparatory Academy, a prestigious high school by a river and not a lake, which makes sense, not. Already she hates it despite its beautiful landscape.
Between riding her dirt bike through the sacred lands of the natives, plotting against those she meets, and holding greasy truckers at gunpoint, Lilith makes no time for love or friendship. Forever the walking mystery (read misery) of her new home and school.
That is until Nokosi Locklear catches her eye with his arrogance and a hard, toned body that she’s certain she doesn’t want to climb.
Shoved up against a locker by him in her first week, she sets him in her wicked sights.
Life is only fun when you have somebody else’s pain to focus on. So long as you stay detached. Something Lilith will find is impossible to do when it comes to Nokosi. A guy with looks but no charm. Strength but no power. Love but no morals.
With a serial killer roaming the country taking victims one by one, a past in Nokosi’s eyes that he tries to hide, and a mother that would rather work than keep her daughters happy, Lilith finds plenty of time to spare and plenty of things to keep herself occupied.

Note: This is your only trigger warning. Read at your own risk.

Title: Naked or Dead
Author: A E Murphy
Publication Date: September 3rd, 2019
Shelves: Contemporary; Romance; Dark;
Format: Kindle (358 pages)
Rating: 10/10

These are the most awesome books to review because I need to carefully pick my words. I don’t want to spoiler give anything, but OMG THIS BOOK IS OFF THE CHARTS!

Fair warning, I started reading it in blind, so I did not know what was ahead. The ride was terrified and wonderful, and I don’t know how to feel. I am so heart broken on so many levels after this book, that I will need a few light rom-coms for a while!

So. This is a high school romance, or it appears as it, because Lillith is one twisted mother*cker gorgeous pick haired girl that picks the most arrogant guy in school. She has a secret agenda and she targets boys like him. I stared guessing things from 40% in the book, but I was so wrong on everything.

This books has its fair share of triggers so if you’re into dark and twisted stories, read this ASAP.

Nok is a angry young man and maybe as damaged as Lillith, and they soon fall hard and fast. But Lillith has to move soon, because she and her sister, Willow, have a game they play each place they live.

This is not a book for the light readers, because I am quite shocked, speechless and I want to shout to everyone to read it so we can hug it out.

The ending is debatable so I will not say more, but I hope your curiosity is piqued.


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Until November (Until #1) by Aurora Rose Reynolds

November is looking forward to getting to know her father and the safety of a small town. After leaving the big apple and her bad memories for Tennessee, November starts working for her dad at his strip club doing the books. The one time she’s allowed there during club hours she runs into Asher Mayson. He’s perfect until he opens his mouth and makes assumptions. November wants nothing to do with Asher but too bad for November fate has other plans. Asher Mayson has never had a problem getting a woman that is until November. Now all he can think about is making November his and keeping her safe.

THIS IS NOT A CLIFF HANGER.
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*Recommended for mature audiences 17+ due to strong language and sexual content.*

Title: Until November (Until #1)
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Publication Date: December 26th, 2013
Shelves: Contemporary; Romance;
Format: Kindle (254 pages)
Rating: 10/10

I loved this book so much!! I fell instantly in love with this series and cannot wait to read ALL of them and Thank God there are quite some.

Asher James Mayson has a family curse that has been told to his brothers since they were little. When they will find the woman they will fall in love with, a BOOM will be there and they will instantly know. They all thought that it’s bullshit until November came to town.

November has been taken by her mother and kept hidden from her father. Now she chose to move to Tennessee and move in with him. Her history hides heartache and she’s broken, because her mother made her feels worthless her whole life.

Unfortunately, she has a stalker and she was nearly killed in an alley in New York. Now she comes here, and her stalker keeps giving her threats. Luckily for her, Asher will take care of her.

This book, or to say this series has Alpha Male written all over! And heroines with strong will, who will keep them all on their toes.

Seriously, what more do you want? It’s funny and sweet and Asher may be the perfect man out there! (In the fictional world of course)

Watch out for Trevor, Cash and Nico Mayson! They are next!


1 Until November

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Until Trevor (Until #2) by Aurora Rose Reynolds

From The USA TODAY BEST SELLING AUTHOR OF Until November.
THIS IS NOT A CLIFFHANGER

Trevor Mayson had his life planned out – make the family business successful and play the field for a few more years before eventually settling down. Then he sees her. Liz Hayes was beautiful, shy and everything that he could ever want…but she didn’t fit into his plans. After Trevor painfully rejects her, Liz finally starts to move on, but Trevor is finding it difficult to truly let her go. It seems the more he tries to stay away, the more intense his feelings for her become. Like a stretched rubber band, he can only take so much before snapping.

Liz Hayes is done waiting for Trevor and isn’t interested in getting her heart broken by him again, but Trevor is making it difficult for her to forget him when he shoves his way back into her life.

Can Trevor prove to her that he is worth falling in love with again, and is he ready to change his life plan to let her into his heart?

17 + due to sexual content

Title: Until Trevor (Until #2)
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Publication Date: February 10th, 2014
Shelves: Contemporary; Romance;
Format: Kindle (227 pages)
Rating: 10/10

This is the story of Trevor and Liz, both of them present in Until November. Trevor is Asher’s brother and Liz is November’s friends. She runs a store called Temptations.

Trevor fights his feelings for Liz, so he ends up hurting her when he thought she was too innocent for him. All this stops when he finds out she’s in trouble, because her brother stole her money. She is forced to go to Mike, November’s father, and ask employment in his strip club.

Their story is sweet and way more passionate and vocal than November and Asher’s, but I am still forever in love with the first book of the series.

Liz will become a threat because her brother is in a lot of trouble, but Trevor is always around to keep her safe.

All this insta love for the Mayson brothers is too fun to miss, so I am really glad there’s a bunch of books after this one.

Next is Cash Mayson’s story, which will be heartbreaking because you find out a bit about him and his unfortunate situation.


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Until Lilly (Until #3) by Aurora Rose Reynolds

From the Bestselling author of Until November and Until Trevor.

When Cash Mayson was forced to choose between the love of his life and his unborn child, he knew exactly what he had to do. No matter how broken it left him.
When Lilly Donovan was forced to accept that the guy she loved wasn’t who she thought he was and became a single mother, she knew exactly what she had to do. Proving just how strong she was.
What happens when years later you find out that everything you thought you knew was a lie?
Can two people who once loved each other overcome the obstacles that are thrown at them and fall in love all over again?
Cash Mayson had forgotten how it felt to be loved Until Lilly came back into his life. And now that he remembers, he will do everything within his power to keep not only the woman that he loves, but also his children.
The power of love is a beautiful thing.
Recommended for 17+ due to sexual content and language.

Title: Until Lilly (Until #3)
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Publication Date: February 27th, 2014
Shelves: Contemporary; Romance;
Format: Kindle (259 pages)
Rating: 10/10

This is the story of Cash Mayson and Lilly Donovan. He met Lilly while we were enjoying Trevor and Liz’s story, so we know a bit of how infatuated he was, but unfortunately, he was a victim of Jules and her idea of becoming pregnant with one of the Mayson brothers.

For him to make sure Jules kept his boy, he had to stay with her and break all things with Lilly. Little did he know that Lilly was also pregnant with her baby girl.

Now, after 4 years, they meet again and this time he won’t let her get away. Now he needs to know his little girl and earn the trust of her mother.

While he succeeds reuniting his family, Jules has other ideas and targets Lilly.

This book was bittersweet especially since kids are involved. I am a softie, so of course, every once in a while, my heart would break for those who missed so much time without the love of a parent.

As much as I loved Until November, Until Lilly is awesome at the same time.

Of, and fair warning, not that you’ll hate this, but there’s a lot of sex in this series. Either my latest reads were without that much display or a window broke and I see it more clearly now.


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The Dugout by Meghan Quinn

Let me ask you a question:

If someone is vying for your spot on a team and just so happens to injure you during practice, would you believe it was on purpose?

Word around campus is . . . it was no accident.

That injury has cost me everything; my starting position, my junior year—and the draft. Now, I’m a senior fresh off recovery, struggling to find my groove, until the day I run into a nervous, fidgety, girl with freckles, in the dining hall.

They call Milly Potter The Baseball Whisperer, The Diamond Wizard, and The Epitome of All Knowledge. She believes in baseball. She breathes it. She’s the queen of an infamous dynasty, but no one actually knows who she really is, and she plans to keep it that way.

One mishap in the panini line, one miscommunication in the weight room, and many failed attempts at an apology equal up to one solid truth — Milly Potter never wants to speak to me again — no matter how good my forearms look.

Little do we both know, she’s about to become more than just my fairy ballmother.

Title: The Dugout
Author: Meghan Quinn
Publication Date: September 19th, 2019
Shelves: Contemporary; Romance; Sports;
Format: Kindle (391 pages)
Rating: 9/10

I fell in love with Meghan Quinn’s book The Locker Room and the story of Know and Emory. Now we get to see the story about Knox’s best friend Carson Stone.

Carson got injured when his career should have been at its peak, and now he’s the only senior left to play baseball after a tough recovery. Only now, he’s an angry version of what he used to be, since his game is off, and he needs to fight for his chance to get drafted. All of his friends have already been drafted, but no one dared to take a chance on a recovery athlete, even if he was one of the best.

His luck changes when he meets Milly Porter, a baseball whisperer, his Godmother on the field. She will help him recover his swing. I don’t really know baseball, but I felt like everything was explained to “dummy” language so I can understand their world. Sorry, I’m more of a basketball fan!

Milly Porter is the sister of baseball legend Cory Porter and with her other 2 brothers manages to change the impression that women can’t impact the sports of men. She’ll be partner in their D1 training facility.

Everything goes well, they meet, fall in love, but life struck and Carson finds out his father is ill. During this major moment of his life, he shuts down, and that means Molly will have to stay strong and guard her heartbreaking heart.

As a timeline, if you read The Dugout before The Locker Room, in this book Knox is placed after college but before getting back together with Emory.

Either book can be read as a standalone, but our suggestion is to read The Dugout after.


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Love Hacked (Knitting in the City #3) by Penny Reid

There are three things you need to know about Sandra Fielding: 1) She makes all her first dates cry, 2) She hasn’t been kissed in over two years, and 3) She knows how to knit.

Sandra has difficulty removing her psychotherapist hat. Of her last 30 dates, 29 have ended the same way: the man sobbing uncontrollably. After one such disaster, Sandra gives in to a seemingly harmless encounter with her hot waiter, Alex. Argumentative, secretive, and hostile Alex may be the opposite of everything Sandra knows is right for her. But now, the girl who has spent all her life helping others change for the better, must find a way to cope with falling for someone who refuses to change at all.

Love Hacked is book #3 in the Knitting in the City series. Each book is a standalone, full length (110k words), contemporary romantic comedy novel, and follows the misadventures and exploits of seven friends in Chicago, all members of the same knitting group.

Title: Love Hacked (Knitting in the City #3)
Author: Penny Reid
Publication Date: March 2nd, 2014
Shelves: Contemporary; Romance;
Format: Kindle (398 pages)
Rating: 9/10

Love Hacked is book 3 from the Knitting in the City Series and it’s the story of Sandra and Alex. This series is so complex, and it has everything it in.

Sandra is 28 and Alex is 21 so there’s a difference in age. Sandra is a shrink and is known to make all her dates cry. She goes to the same restaurant and ends finishing her meal alone, every single time, that is until Alex confronts her.

“My name is Alex and I’ll be serving you tonight.”

Alex is the waiter there and he sees how she is this mean woman who controls men. He is attracted to her, but he doesn’t understand her way of being. He thinks she makes all these men cry for her benefit.

“You’re a shrink,” he said
He might as well accuse me of being a traitor or a murderer or a Kardashian.

“Remember that I’ve been watching you for over two years. You are the most exquisitely beautiful woman I’ve ever seen. And I’ll never say that you’re pretty, because that word is pathetically inadequate.”

Alex is everything she thought she did not want in a man and yet she is drawn to him. He’s a retired hacker and will end up into some troubles. Not to give any spoilers, but you’re in for some treats along the way and I am evil and want you to discover them yourselves.


Book 1 Neanderthal Seeks Human

Book 1.5 Neanderthal Marries Human

Book 2 Friends Without Benefits

Book 3 Love Hacked

Book 4 Beauty and the Mustache

4.75 Ninja At First Sight

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5 Happily Ever Ninja

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Book 6 Dating-ish

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7 Marriage of Inconvenience

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8 Neanderthal Seeks (Extra) Yarns

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Friends Without Benefits (Knitting in the City #2) by Penny Reid

There are three things you need to know about Elizabeth Finney: 1) She suffers from severe sarcastic syndrome, especially when she’s unnerved, 2) No one unnerves her like Nico Manganiello, and 3) She knows how to knit.

Elizabeth Finney is almost always right about everything: the musical merits of boy bands are undervalued by society, “benefits” with human Ken dolls are better without friendship, and the sun has set on her once-in-a-lifetime chance for true love. But when Elizabeth’s plans for benefits without friendship are disarmed by the irritatingly charismatic and chauvinistic Nico Manganiello—her former nemesis—she finds herself struggling to maintain the electric fence around her heart while avoiding a Nico charisma-electrocution or, worse, falling in love.

Friends Without Benefits is book #2 in the Knitting in the City series. Each book is a standalone, full length (110k words), contemporary romantic comedy novel, and follows the misadventures and exploits of seven friends in Chicago, all members of the same knitting group.

Title: Friends Without Benefits (Knitting in the City #2)
Author: Penny Reid
Publication Date: September 29th, 2013
Shelves: Contemporary; Romance;
Format: Kindle (412 pages)
Rating: 9/10

Friends Without Benefits is book 2 from the Knitting in the City Series and is the story of Elizabeth Finley and Nico Manganiello. It’s a story on second chances and unrequited love.

“You have to know that I’m in love with you, you have to know that I’ve loved you since we were kids, since before I can remember.”

It’s been 11 years since Elizabeth left her hometown to run away of her feelings and the death of her first young love. She left Nico that night and never looked back. Now she has a misleading idea that you only get one love and she should not have had feelings on Nico after Gareth’s death.

But life has other plans, and it brings Nico in her way.

The series is hilarious, and I often found myself barking out loud with laughter.

“I even miss our conversations that were arguments.”
“They were all arguments.”
“Not all of them.”
“You’re right—sometimes we didn’t talk.”
“I miss those times the most.”

Today Nico will fight for her, will fight to prove her that he really loves her and that she was his love, even though he made her childhood a living hell and chose his best friend over him.

I have to be frank on why I gave 9 stars out of 10, and that’s because I had to re-read the stories again to do this review and my heart goes to the Winston brothers! If you plan on skipping the Knitting group, you need to read the first book of the series before starting the Winston Brothers.

Book 1 Neanderthal Seeks Human

Book 1.5 Neanderthal Marries Human

Book 2 Friends Without Benefits

Book 3 Love Hacked

Book 4 Beauty and the Mustache

4.75 Ninja At First Sight

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5 Happily Ever Ninja

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Book 6 Dating-ish

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7 Marriage of Inconvenience

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8 Neanderthal Seeks (Extra) Yarns

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Beauty and the Mustache (Knitting in the City #4; Winston Brothers #0.5) by Penny Reid

There are three things you need to know about Ashley Winston: 1) She has six brothers and they all have beards, 2) She is a reader, and 3) She knows how to knit.

Former beauty queen, Ashley Winston’s preferred coping strategy is escapism. She escaped her Tennessee small town, loathsome father, and six brothers eight years ago. Now she escapes life daily via her one-click addiction. However, when a family tragedy forces her to return home, Ashley can’t escape the notice of Drew Runous—local Game Warden, bear wrestler, philosopher, and everyone’s favorite guy. Drew’s irksome philosophizing in particular makes Ashley want to run for the skyscrapers, especially since he can’t seem to keep his exasperating opinions— or his soulful poetry, steadfast support, and delightful hands— to himself.

Pretty soon the girl who wanted nothing more than the escape of the big city finds she’s lost her heart in small town Tennessee.

Beauty and the Mustache is book #4 in the Knitting in the City series, and book #0.5 in the Winston Brothers series. Each book is a standalone, full length (110k words), contemporary romantic comedy novel, and follows the misadventures and exploits of seven friends in Chicago, all members of the same knitting group.

Title: Beauty and the Mustache (Knitting in the City #4)
Author: Penny Reid
Publication Date: August 24th, 2014
Shelves: Contemporary; Romance;
Format: Kindle (372 pages)
Rating: 10/10

Beauty and the Mustache is book #4 in the Knitting in the City series, and book #0.5 in the Winston Brothers series.

It still gives me chills, because I really loved this book. I connected in so many levels with this one that I admit I got off track and continued with the Winston Brothers before finishing the Knitting in the City Series.
Ashley Winston is a beauty, but one who hates herself because she looks just like her daddy, a very ugly man. She had to do whatever it took to leave her hometown and be more. She is now a nurse, working at the same hospital with one of her knitting friends.

After 8 years of avoiding her 6 hillybilly brothers, she must return home because her momma is not returning her phone calls.

Unfortunately, she finds out she is terminally ill and needs to be there for her final days.

During her stay in Tennessee, she finds out things are way better than she could have thought. Her grown up brothers are now self-sufficient men, who are so different then their tormenting teenagers who used to make her life hell. On top of that, Drew Runous is now a permanent fixture in her family’s lives and a man she is extremely attracted to.

This book is sort of an slow burn, because Ashley is blinded by her grief and Drew will respect her enough to be there for her, even though he needs her, loves her in secret, but will be a better man than to ask her to stay for him.
I really loved this book, you have no idea!


Book 1 Neanderthal Seeks Human

Book 1.5 Neanderthal Marries Human

Book 2 Friends Without Benefits

Book 3 Love Hacked

Book 4 Beauty and the Mustache

The Series continues with the spin off on the Winston Brothers and below is the reading order:

1 Truth or Beard

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2 Grin and Beard It

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3 Beard Science

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4 Beard in Mind

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5 Dr. Strange Beard

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5.5 Beard with Me

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6 Beard Necessities

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