Sep 162021
 

Glimmer of the Other (The Other Realm Book 1) by Heather G. Harris

I can tell when you’re lying. Every. Single. Time.

I’m Jinx. As a private investigator, being a walking, talking lie detector is a useful skill – but let’s face it, it’s not normal. You’d think it would make my job way too easy, but even with my weird skills, I still haven’t been able to track down my parent’s killers.

When I’m hired to find a missing university student, I hope to find her propped up at a bar – yet my gut tells me there’s more to this case than a party girl gone wild. Firstly, she’s a bookish soul who’s as likely to go off the rails as Mother Theresa. Secondly, I’m not the only one on her trail; she’s also being tracked by the implacable and oh-so-sexy Inspector Stone.

Stone and I team up, and he shoves me into a realm where magic is real – a place where there are vampyrs and werewolves, dragons and trolls. And where my skills are more than just detecting lies…

Oh, and my dog? He’s a freaking hellhound who can manipulate the magical realms themselves.

I need to find the girl.

I need to discover who killed my parents.

And I need to find out more about the attractive but mysterious Zachary Stone…

Hana’s Review

– 4.5 stars
– Urban fantasy
– Supernatural/paranormal

I tend to read romance but sometimes venture into urban fantasy and the supernatural so when this author reached out and asked me to read her ARC and provide an honest review, I happily agreed. Especially since there was an awesome dog on the cover and I’ve got a soft spot for all the pups.

And I was not disappointed in the least!! The world that Harris creates is wonderfully exciting and different and yet co-exists within the world we know. Jinx, our heroine, is a strong, young and self-employed private investigator with an incomparable bullsh*t meter. No, seriously, you can’t lie to her. She’s got this incredible innate skill to tell when someone is lying. She soon comes to find out that it’s not just an innate skill.

Jinx gets hired on a missing person case but learns so much more than she bargains for about the world, about herself, her past and her abilities. We enter into a world with seers, wizards, werewolves, vampires, trolls, dryads and more!! A complicated world with its own governing body and political intrigue, sacrifices, bargains and mystical icons.

The book is an exciting, fun and engaging read. I didn’t want to stop reading and I cannot wait for the second book!

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Sep 162021
 

A Spot of Trouble (Turtle Beach Book 1) by Teri Wilson

Get ready to laugh out loud with this hilarious romantic comedy featuring:
A grumpy firefighter who thinks his way is the only way
A bubbly cupcake vendor who thinks her pup can do no wrong
Adorable Dalmatians who swap places—and the chaos that ensues
An opposites-attract romance that’ll warm your heart
Violet March and Sam Nash are as different as night and day and have been enemies ever since Violet accused Sam of dognapping her beloved Dalmatian. Sam knows that would never happen—his well-trained fire safety demonstration dog never steps out of line, whereas Violet’s problematic pooch has never met a command she didn’t ignore completely, much like her bubbly owner. So when Sprinkles and Cinder accidentally switch places during the annual police vs. fire department softball tournament, Violet is thrilled by her dog’s sudden perfect behavior, while stubborn-yet-charming Sam is horrified to find that his dog no longer listens.

But when they eventually realize and switch the dogs back, Sam and Violet are shocked to find that not everything is as simple as it seems. And a little puppy love might be just the thing they’ve been missing…

Hana’s Review

– 3 stars
– small town romance
– enemies to lovers
– slow burn/closed door

If you’re looking for a quick, lighthearted rom-com, this book is a decent bet. Meddling older woman (with a Golden Girls vibe), adorable Dalmatians, a small town rivalry and two opposites fighting their attraction – it’s a light, sweet contemporary romance ala Disney and Hallmark.

Sam Nash moves to this small beach town after a traumatic experience as a firefighter in Chicago. As the town’s new fire marshall – all straight edges and no-nonsense – he soon learns that this town, and it’s people, are more about messy joy and fun and all sorts of shenanigans. Violet March, the police chief’s daughter, and her Dalmation, Sprinkles, in particular. Violet’s eccentric and sweet behavior and her dog’s fun-loving demeanor meet their match in Sam and his firefighter-trained Dalmation, Cinder. Sparks fly as these two become instant rivals with an attraction they just can’t deny.

This isn’t just a slow burn… this is a minimal burn, really. Despite the hot firefighters… and actual small fire. This book is more about that sweet, adorable love that develops despite their differences and about the fun that the dogs and the seniors citizens make happen for Sam and Violet. I’ll be honest that I loved the dogs and Ethel, Mavis and Opal so much more than I did Violet and Sam. Their up-to-no-good antics really made this book with laugh-out-loud moments.

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Sep 162021
 

The Shaadi Set-Up by Lillie Vale

In this witty and heartfelt rom-com debut for fans of Jasmine Guillory, Emily Henry, and Tessa Bailey, an Indian American woman signs herself and her boyfriend up for a matchmaking site to prove they’re a perfect match, only to be paired with her ex instead.

High school sweethearts Rita Chitniss and Milan Rao were the golden couple, until the day he broke her heart. Now, six years later, Rita has turned her passion for furniture restoration into a career and has an almost-perfect boyfriend, Neil. The last thing she needs is for Milan to re-enter her life, but that’s exactly what happens when her mother, an unfailing believer in second chances, sets them up. Milan is just as charming, cocky, and confident as he was back in school. Only this time, he actually needs her business expertise, not her heart, to flip a hard-to-sell house for his realty agency.

While Rita begrudgingly agrees to help, she’s not taking any risks. To prove she’s definitely over him, she signs herself and Neil up on MyShaadi.com, a Desi matchmaking site famous for its success stories and trustworthy enough to convince everyone that she and Neil are the new and improved couple. Instead, she’s shocked when MyShaadi’s perfect match for her isn’t Neil…it’s Milan. Ignoring the website and her mother is one thing, but ignoring Milan proves much more difficult, especially when she promises to help him renovate the beach house of her dreams. And as the two of them dive deeper into work—and their pasts—Rita begins to wonder if maybe her match wasn’t so wrong after all….

Hana’s Review

– 4 stars

– diverse characters

– second chance romance

– slow burn/closed door

 

I am complete sucker for a second chance romance. Throw in the fun, quirky, diverse group of characters, and some adorable pups found in The Shaadi Set-Up by Lillie Vale and I am SOLD!

Granted, I truly do enjoy more explicit romances and smut, to be frank. However, this slow burn, closed door romance is just so well written and enjoyable, that the minor steamy foreplay worked for me. I fell for these characters and for their love story and was truly invested. Vale’s prose is engaging and colorful, she brings everything to life. I can see and taste everything she describes – I need to make those paneer tacos ASAP, honestly. Aji verde!!

Rita is our lovely heroine, making her living restoring furniture and enjoying her life with her boyfriend Neil. Except for the part where he keeps wanting to tell their traditional Indian parents about their relationship. Rita isn’t looking for forever or complications and doesn’t want to open up the can o’ worms that is the history of their parents’ relationships. She enlists Neil in a plan she has to use the Indian dating site, MyShaadi, to somehow tell their parents of their relationship and get them to be ok with their dating. It’s a crazy and convoluted plan that, of course, doesn’t actually go as planned.

In the meantime, the one that broke Rita’s heart, Milan Rao, comes back into her life through the loving meddling of their moms. Milan is her childhood sweetheart, the one she thought was her forever, who broke her heart in the most hurtful of ways. And, at first, she wants no part of having him back in her life. But love endures, right?

What follows is a wonderful story of finding each other again. Old miscommunications uncovered, old love re-ignited and the strength to fight for what they love is finally found.

I did feel that the ending dragged a wee bit but still got to their happily ever after. I truly loved this read and finished it within a day.

Thanks to NetGalley and and Penguin Group Putnam for the early digital ARC in exchange for a review.

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Sep 162021
 

Dirty Little Secrets (Baldwin’s Shore Romantic Suspense Book 1) by Elise Noble

Welcome to Baldwin’s Shore, the small town where everybody has a secret…

Brooke Bartlett is no exception. She’s been in love with her brother’s best friend for half her life, her dirty little secret. With Luca on the other side of the world, the temptation stayed out of reach, but now he’s back, and he’s not the only one. Brooke’s stalker is watching from the shadows, and he’s got his own ideas about her future…

Luca Mendez’s time in the army taught him two lessons—that to survive, he has to shoot straight and guard his heart. But when the woman he turned down all those years ago asks him for help, he finds he’ll do anything to see her smile again.

Hana’s Review

– 4 stars

– Romantic suspense

– Brother’s best friend

– Unrequited love

 

Elise Noble not only crafts a romance but she crafts a mystery and suspense story that hooks and enthralls you.

Your brother’s best friend…. You’re not supposed to fall for him… but how can you not when he’s an incredibly sexy bad boy with a tragic back story who is also your friend? Brooke Bartlett didn’t stand a chance of not falling for Luca Mendez as a teenager. She opens her heart to him but to protect her, and his friendship with her brother Aaron, Luca denies his own feelings and leaves for the military.

Years go by and the distance between Brooke and Luca seems insurmountable. However, both Luca and Brooke are now back in Baldwin Shores… at the same time and it seems inevitable that their paths will cross. Brooke returns home to her brother after a traumatic experience a year ago – she was drugged and sexually assaulted at a friend’s party. She has no memory of the event but her rapist turns into her stalker and proceeds to taunt and terrify her for the next year.

Luca, who has had feelings for Brooke forever, is between private contractor jobs and staying with his best friend, Aaron, helping with some renovations. Aaron enlists his help for his sister as well and Luca and Brooke are thrown together.

Brooke keeps her terror a secret as to not burden her friends and family but then the stalker becomes even more ardent and she has no choice but to look for help… and she turns to Luca.

His protective instinct is triggered. Her unrequited love is reignited and stoked.

Noble’s story is sexy, emotional with elements of suspense and intrigue. Her writing and prose is easy to read and engaging.

And that ending? You don’t see it coming. You think you might know but you don’t.

If you like romantic suspense, get into this.

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Sep 072021
 

A Delicious Dilemma by Sera Taíno

Different worlds collide in Sera Taino’s debut novel.

It’s hard to remain enemies when you’ve broken bread together

Val Navarro’s first mistake: going out dancing after a bad breakup when the chef should be focused on her family business. Her second mistake? Thinking the handsome, sensitive stranger she meets could be more than a rebound – until she discovers he’s Philip Wagner of Wagner Developments. His father’s company could shut down her Puerto Rican restaurant and unravel her tight-knit neighborhood. When Philip takes over negotiations, Val wants to believe he has good intentions. But is following her heart a recipe for disaster?

From Harlequin Special Edition: Believe in love. Overcome obstacles. Find happiness.

Hana’s Review

-️Opposites attract
-Latinx romance
-OWN voices

I’ll admit that I am a complete sucker for any romance that involves a chef, a baker or something similar. If there is food and sparks in a kitchen (but not a kitchen fire), I’m allll the way on board.

Enter Valeria Navarro, a feisty, smart, determined Puerto Rican chef /part-owner of her family restaurant. We meet Val on a night out with friends and family, one of her first nights of enjoyment after a very humiliating, public and pride-breaking break up. Though reluctantly out, it feels like she’s ready to just forget about the ex and try to enjoy living again, outside of her restaurant at least.

There she meets golden boy Philip. There’s an immediate connection – an ease of flirting and conversation that usually isn’t always so easy at all. What we learn, but Val doesn’t, is that Philip is Philip Wagner of Wagner Developments – the group that is gentrifying the East Ward and is a direct threat to Val’s neighborhood, her restaurant, her home and her family.

Taino wrote a beautiful story about the immigrant experience, the strength of family (not just Val’s but Philip’s family experience as well, to some extent) as well as their cultural experiences. She also touches on class and socio-economic differences. It’s a well written story that is complex and leveled and brings you in with it’s vibrancy and emotion.

The book unfolds and we follow this couple through lies and compromise. The story of community and food and the people who love and enjoy it all. And how love and compassion may conquer all the fears and uncertainty of the heart and mind.

I connected so strongly and so well and read this book in a day. Definitely be sure to check it out!!

I received an eARC of this book in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.

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Sep 072021
 

He Made Me Do It by Zee Shine Storm

Zayn

What is it like to be both Muslim and gay? Honestly? It feels like I’ve been cursed for all eternity. And then I had to go and fall for Asher Hannes and make it even more complicated.

Not only was he a guy, he happened to be my cocky and rebellious stepbrother who became the reason I began to get in trouble for things that weren’t even my fault.

Just seven months of his mother having married my dad, seven months of living under the same roof with him and sometimes even sharing the same bed and I already knew I was going to hell. Because I couldn’t keep fighting who I was around him. I couldn’t keep ignoring how I felt.

Wanting him was wrong. I never intended to cross any lines. But he made me do it anyway.

Note: This is a high school romance but with 18+ content. It does contain controversial themes relating to religion and homophobia but overall, it’s a feel-good love story.

Hana’s Review

-️Stepbrothers/Taboo Romance
-Queer/MM Romance

Perhaps my moral compass is a much darker grey than most because though this is labeled taboo, stepbrothers aren’t related… so, all fair in love and lust in my little, crazy world haha

In any case, I really, really enjoyed this book. I was lured in by the prospect of taboo as well as the description of diverse main characters – a Muslim gay main character? I’m so in!! And I loved Zayn. All he wants is to be a good son, a good Muslim – which is all made difficult by the realization, from a young age, that he’s gay.

And which is further complicated when his gorgeous new stepbrother moves in after his dad remarries. Bringing along all sorts of temptation and rebellion with him. Asher is all those things and utterly vibrant and unapologetic for who he is. And it’s impossible for Zayn to stay away. Especially once they both realize that the attraction is mutual. Asher is the bad boy to Zayn’s good boy but in all Asher’s rebellious behavior, the love that his feelings evolve into is so supportive and sexy and strong and I was hooked.

The book had so much – sweetness, spiciness, laughter and heartache. It was well-written, dual POV, with distinct voices. There were some parts that I didn’t really buy into (the strange way that Asher made his money) but it didn’t necessarily detract completely from the love story I was wholly invested in.

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Sep 072021
 

Sing For Me (The Balefire Series Book 2) by Tam DeRudder Jackson

Blu

My entire life is my music—and all the trappings that come with it. Sex, booze, and rock ‘n’ roll is all I ever wanted. Touring the world as the lead singer of Balefire, I have it all. Until on hiatus, I meet the girl next door.

Ashleigh Baker is nothing like the groupies and celebrities who usually have all my attention. In her cute floppy hat with her knees stained with dirt, she spends her days creating a flowering show piece from her rented yard. She’s the most gorgeous woman I’ve ever met, and she acts like she doesn’t want a damn thing to do with me. But from the moment I laid eyes on her, she’s all I can think about.

Ashleigh

Growing up the only child of an Air Force Colonel, all I wanted was to stay in one place for more than a minute. When I score a pretty little house with a long-term lease, I just want to grow my flowers and my freelancing gig as a music reviewer. Then a loud Harley wakes me from a sound sleep and I discover my neighbor is Blu Connolly. Yeah, that Blu Connolly, lead singer for my favorite band Balefire. With his killer good looks and panty-melting voice, he’s a walking temptation to sin. Though I do my best to avoid him, it seems Blu has other ideas. He’s on a mission to wear me down, let him in, but what happens when he stops wanting to sing for me?

Hana’s Review

-Rockstar romance
-Girl next door

This book is the second book in Tam DeRudder Jackson’s Balefire Series but can be read as a standalone. We get a peek into the characters from the first book and it definitely sparked my interest so we’ll see if I get the chance to get to it!

This book is peak rockstar romance. Bad boy lead singer, Blu, sharing women, leaving women satisfied across the globe, finally meets his match in the literal girl next door, Ashleigh. Well… next door to his mom, actually.

Ashleigh is a music reviewer trying to make ends meet. She rents a cute house and spends most of her time gardening and enjoying the friendship of the older woman next door. The older woman also happens to be the mother of the lead singer of one of the hottest bands around, Balefire. And Blu will be crashing at his mom’s place when he’s off tour. Ashleigh is a fan of the band but never imagined that she’d find herself hanging out with Blu Connolly.

It starts off bumpy, their friendship… they’re more like frenemies. Mostly because Ashleigh makes many assumptions about Blu and his rockstar lifestyle and behavior. What soon blossoms, because of Blu’s persistence, is a strong friendship with mutual attraction. It’s a slow burn because Ashleigh is protecting her heart, not wanting to be another notch on his bedpost. But Blu is determined to make her realize that she’s so much more than that to him.

It was a light, fun read – I was definitely looking for some drama and some angst, to be honest. Though I enjoyed it, I wasn’t as captivated as I had expected. Some things didn’t feel fully realized and I wasn’t sure I believed that Blu would go from multiple women one night to suddenly being completely into Ashleigh the next… I wanted to buy it but I think I needed more internal dialogue to really see how this progressed for Blu.

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Sep 072021
 

Playing It Safe (Sydney Smoke Rugby Series #7) by Amy Andrews

Donovan Bane loves playing rugby for the Sydney Smoke. And if that means he has to keep his sexuality a secret, that’s a sacrifice he’s prepared to make. At least until after he retires, anyway. He doesn’t want to be the first pro rugby player in Australia to officially come out while still playing. The team doesn’t need the media shit storm and he’d rather be known for his footy skills. Which means no dating, no relationships, no sex. Nothing but playing ball.

Until one man suddenly changes everything…

Beckett Stanton is out and proud—and not looking for a guy who isn’t. Been there, done that, complete disaster. Unfortunately, on the first day of his new job working for the Sydney Smoke, he locks eyes with Donovan Bane and he’s a goner. Big, gruff, and athletic isn’t usually Beck’s type, but for some reason this man is ticking all his boxes. And it’s clear the feeling is mutual. It’s also clear that Donovan is not out, and doesn’t plan to be anytime soon. Still, Beck can’t resist being the man to show Donovan everything he’s been missing.

For the first time, Donovan doesn’t play it safe and allows himself to indulge in things with Beck he knows he can’t have. But when their relationship gets serious, he knows he has to choose between the career he loves and the man he loves, because how can he possibly have both?

Hana’s Review

-Sports romance
-Rugby romance
-MM romance/Queer romance

I recently mentioned to a friend that I love sports romances but I’d never read a rugby romance… and then I was approved for this on NetGalley – how fortuitous!!
This is my first book from Amy Andrews and I’ve now added all of the Sydney Smoke series to my TBR.

Not only is this a sports romance but it’s also a M/M romance, which I adore. I love reading all sorts of queer romances and this one was such a great read.

Donovan Bane is a successful rugby star for the Sydney Smoke with a secret – he’s gay. He stays closeted because he believes that being out and being a rugby player cannot co-exist. He figures he’ll stay closeted until his career is over but then he meets Beckett Stanton and that plan is shot to hell.

The instant attraction between Donovan and Beck is tangible and intense. They both know it, feel it, but Donovan is not out and Beck swore he wouldn’t get into another situationship with a closeted man.

What ensues starts off as a fling – something easy and secret and not meant to be more than surface level. And the spice is delicious and amazing. What neither expects is to fall for the other so fast for the other… to become so important and necessary to each other. I truly loved reading how they evolved and how Dono and Beck grew, together and as individuals.

I also loved the secondary characters – the friends and WAGs, Dono’s daughter. They filled the story with love and laughs and it made me excited to read the other books in the series. I do wish we saw more of Dono’s daughter and their interactions. His ex, too. I think that could have brought more layers to the story.

This was a great read that I finished in one day and would recommend to anyone who enjoys sports romance and queer romance.

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Sep 042021
 

Where Bad Boys are Ruined (The Good Girls Series #3) by Holly Renee

I ate leftover cupcakes and cracked macarons for breakfast.

I was ninety percent sure he simply ate up girls like me.

I was covered in paint splatters, cake batter, and sweat the first time I met him.

He was covered in badass tattoos and a smile that seemed to hold a secret I would never figure out.

Rule number 1 was never, under any circumstances, fall for the man who I wrote my lease check to.

So, I tucked him away in the “Fantasize Only” compartment of my brain and called it a day.

But he didn’t make it easy.

He was arrogant, funny, and the biggest flirt I had ever met.

Most of the time, I didn’t know if I was just a game to him.

If I didn’t know better, I’d say he was on a mission to ruin my life.

And maybe my heart, too.

OMG! This series was on our July reading list, or more like the first book but I enjoyed it so much I’ve read them all.

In this book we read the story of Brandon, the 3rd guy at the tattoo shop and how he meets Charlie, the baker that rents the space next door.

LOOOOOVEd this series, honestly I couldn’t get enough and the fact that’s as closed as a insta-love as it can be was a plus for me. These guys are players but they see a good women when they meet her and their minds form quickly that they need to have her.

I can’t wait to have some time and check out the rest of her books, because if they are as good as this one… damn… take my money now!!

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Sep 022021
 

Where Bad Girls Go to Fall (The Good Girls Series #2) by Holly Renee

Nothing good came from listening to my heart.

It was careless and irrational and became way too invested when I read a romance novel.

So I put her under lock and key.

I only had a few rules, and I always stuck with them.

1. Never get attached.

2. Always run before the feels become contagious.

3. No matter what, under no circumstances, never fall in love.

He was a playboy who ran by the same set of rules.

What we had together was fun, it was hot, and it was temporary.

Until he screwed everything up.

We were never meant to be each other’s happily ever after, but the harder I tried to push him away, the further I fell.

Ever since I’ve finished the 1st book of the series, I knew I wanted to see Staci’s love story. The fact that she will have her HEA with Livy’s brother, Mason, was everything I wanted. Let’s say Holly Renee didn’t disappoint.

Staci is a tattoo artist and she is one hell of a badass. But when she accidently texts Brandon a dirty text, she’s in trouble because this playboy WANTS her now. She is in his radar and soon he knows she’s his to keep. Only he needs to play it smart because Staci doesn’t do relationships and she cares easily.

Loved everything about the book and I was happy to see the other couple in here as well. Ring the alarms, there’s a wedding in it too.

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Aug 292021
 

Where Good Girls Go To Die (The Good Girls Series #1) by Holly Renee

It was a bad idea from the beginning.

He was my brother’s best friend and the definition of unavailable.

But I didn’t care. I had loved him for as long as I could remember.

He was worth the risk. He was worth everything.

But then he broke my heart as easily as I fell for him.

He watched me fall, spiraling out of control, and as I reached for him, he wasn’t there to catch me.

So I ran.

Four years later, I never expected to see him again.

He was still my brother’s best friend, and he was more unavailable than ever.

He looked every bit the bad boy I knew he was, covered in tattoos and a crooked smile.

Guarding my heart from him was top priority because Parker James was where good girls go to die.

Unfortunately for him, I wasn’t a good girl anymore.

Man this book was good. I started it not knowing what I would go into because this was a pick for our July reading book club for BABE 2023. But chapter 1 had me dying and see what angst I would be in for.

I was scared because I felt deep with this one… Livy has been in love with Parker, her brother’s best friend since she was little. At one point he confessed his love but managed to break her heart the next day. She fled her old life and now she’s in no position but to return and accept Parker is getting married.

Let me tell you the struggle is REAL. The pull and the heartburn made me ache for these two and my emotions were all over the place. It felt good and bad and I wanted their HEA with any price and I’m happy the author delivered.

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Aug 272021
 

Property Of The Mountain Man (Montana Mountain Men #1) by Gemma Weir

Tall, dark and muscled like a god, Beau Barnett is great with an axe. Every woman in Rockhead Point wants a taste of the mountain man. Including me. Except he doesn’t even know my name. I’m just the girl behind the counter filling his coffee, while he grunts and grumbles, barely making eye contact. Then a newcomer with a charming smile and a fancy suit shows up in Rockhead Point, and refuses to take no for an answer when he asks me to dinner. That’s when I find out Mr. Mountain Man not only knows my name… he thinks I’m his property.

This book has been chosen for our August BABE 2023 book club. If by chance you want to attend or read along with us, here the link to our group. Each month we do a live chat discussing the selected books.

I am really conflicted about how to review this book. Since I know this is fiction, I loved and had fun reading this one. Real life scenario involved? Wow.. Caveman at it’s best. You think Edward Cullen was a stalkish guy? Wait until you meet Beau.

Bonnie is 21 and has been crushing hard on Beau Barnett since she was a kid. The fact that he’s twice his age didn’t help much. He’s always at her workplace having coffee early on in the morning and waiting for her closing hours. One year of him doing this, but never chatting, has made Bonnie consider him untouchable.

Everything changes when she flirts with a stranger. That’s when Beau sees he needs Bonnie to be his. She’s too young but he needs to lay claim on her because she is what he wants.

But holy bananas, Bonnie is fighting his dominance because she wants her independence and isn’t welcoming his caveman ways.

So yeah… fun read but disregard real life.. the title says it all.. Property of the mountain man. You get exactly what you signed up for.

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Aug 272021
 

Dirty Curve by Meagan Brandy

From USA TODAY & Wall Street Journal bestselling Author Meagan Brandy comes an all-new standalone romance set in college about a hotshot pitcher and the girl who never saw coming.
You know how in college there’s that one guy everyone wants to be?

That’s me.

I’m the top dog.
The number one.
The big man on campus.

Some say those things are solid wins.
My new tutor would disagree.

My title means nothing to her.
My status lost on her.

And now my mind? That sucker is stuck on her.

She was told to make our sessions priority over all, to drop everything when I need her, and come to me. She does.

But I don’t want to steal her time anymore.
I want to earn it.

If anyone can do that, it’s me.

I’m Tobias Cruz, the king of the curveball. I don’t lose.
Not the game, and surely not the girl.

Little did I know, this girl has a secret … and it’s the dirtiest curve yet.

I received my most wanted ARC of this year…

My review…? well if you’ve already read Meagan Brandy before, you know how it goes… it starts as a normal book… but you know, YOU KNOW it won’t finish as a normal book… it will take you high on a rollercoaster and bring you up and down… with you mouth open and a dumbstruck look on your face… you think you know what it’s like up there, at the peak… but once you reach it… man, i wish i could have filmed myself when the bombs came… like fireworks… one after another until you can’t believe what you’re reading..
so yeah, my review? READ THE DAMN BOOK!!!!!!!

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Aug 252021
 

Declan (Soulless Bastards MC No Cal Chapter #1) by Erin Trejo

Being born into the club life, I knew my place.
I knew what was expected of me at a young age.
One fatal mistake, one unforgetable night changed me.
Then she showed up at my clubhouse on a dare.
When she kept coming back, I knew there was a reason.
She was going to be mine whether she knew it or not.
Until my past rears it’s ugly head and threatens to rip us apart.

I was in the mood for an MC book for quite a while and saw in a book group that people recommended Erin Trejo.

Of course, I jumped right into it and got a good deal on her first 4 books for only 0.99 cents.

Declan is the son of the Prez of Declan Soulless Bastards MC and the books starts with him and his MC getting revenge on the dirty cop. What really matters here is that Declan is groomed into becoming his father’s heir and learning the hard way what that’s like. This comes at the price of the daughters of this dirty cop and them seeing their father’s murder.

Years pass, Declan becomes the VP and Brooke manages to barge in his life like no other before her.

Even though the book has over 250 pages, for me it felt like so little, and I’ve read in before bed.

I loved the characters and more so Brooke because she was something I enjoy in a female character, and she was a badass.

I plan on finishing her series because this is really a good MC world.

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Aug 252021
 

The Solace of Sharp Claws (Fae Guardians #2) by Lana Pecherczyk

Sharp claws keep you safe.

That’s the brutal lesson Thorne learned as a young wolf-shifter. Abandoned as a child, singled out by an evil uncle, and then forced to work for the ruthless Order of the Well, Thorne’s anger was a weapon as much as his claws. Now a vicious Fae Guardian, he hunts monsters, the human enemy, and anything that gets in his way. On a mission to find his missing mentor, Thorne finds himself suddenly mated to Laurel, a beautiful, driven, but damaged human awoken from a time long since past.

A forced marriage is something neither of them want.

But everything they need.

Spending time with her teaches him that arm’s length might not be a good thing. Learning to love will mean scratching the surface of both their souls, revealing truths more painful than any wound. If he can get past the hurt, the pain, and the pride, Thorne will find a new use for his claws… to bury deep and never let her go.

But when a dark figure from Laurel’s past catches up with her, it’s not Thorne’s claws in question. It’s hers. If he can’t stop her from exacting bitter revenge, she’ll cost him the safety of his mentor and perhaps trigger a war. If he can learn to put his angry past behind him, open his heart and trust new friends, he just might be rewarded with more than an advantage in their ongoing war. He’ll find love.

A gripping, new style of epic fantasy with steamy romance featuring a dash of time travel, monster hunting, fated mates, shifters, fae protectors and their strong willed women from our time. If you love your books full of page turning action, intrigue, and romantic tension then this book is for you. For fans of Kristen Ashley’s Fantastical series or Sarah J Maas’s adult fantasy romance.

More in the Fae Guardians Series; Season of the Wolf

The Longing of Lone Wolves
The Solace of Sharp Claws
The Dreams of Broken Kings

OMG!!! This series has become something I had to read. I spent 3 days reading the full series and I am satisfied but now I need more.

We know from the first book that humas wake up in the Guardian’s time and now Thorne has to find his mate. Laurel is Clarke’s friend and now she’s in danger. They need to get to her until it’s too late.

The world build is brilliant and honestly I can’t wait to see the main plot develop little by little as we pass through the books.

5 star read and I ll come back with the rest of the reviews.

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Aug 252021
 

The Rogue Not Taken (Scandal & Scoundrel #1) by Sarah MacLean

Lady Sophie’s Society Splash

When Sophie, the least interesting of the Talbot sisters, lands her philandering brother-in-law backside-first in a goldfish pond in front of all society, she becomes the target of very public aristocratic scorn. Her only choice is to flee London, vowing to start a new life far from the aristocracy. Unfortunately, the carriage in which she stows away isn’t saving her from ruin . . . it’s filled with it.

Rogue’s Reign of Ravishment!

Kingscote, “King,” the Marquess of Eversley, has never met a woman he couldn’t charm, resulting in a reputation far worse than the truth, a general sense that he’s more pretty face than proper gentleman, and an irate summons home to the Scottish border. When King discovers stowaway Sophie, however, the journey becomes anything but boring.

War? Or More?

He thinks she’s trying to trick him into marriage. She wouldn’t have him if he were the last man on earth. But carriages bring close quarters, dark secrets, and unbearable temptation, making opposites altogether too attractive . . .

I think I am reading everything Sarah MacLean wrote because she has me on her little finger, cheese to a mouse, carrot to a rabbit… craving for more.
Sophie Talbot is one of the dangerous sisters. She hasn’t been raised as a wealthy girl and wishes to never know such a life again. She has made a scene at a ball and now needs to flee and find herself again.
While fleeing from a ball she meets Kingscote, the Marquess of Eversley and let’s say their meeting is not a great one. They seem to despise one another from the start. But they are travelling the same way, same path so they are bound to meet again.
I can’t wait to read the rest of the stories of the sisters and love how the stories and the series blend with other books. It’s a wonderful world and I m here to stay.

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Aug 252021
 

Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart (Love by Numbers Book 3) by Sarah MacLean

She lives for passion.

Bold, impulsive, and a magnet for trouble, Juliana Fiori is no simpering English miss. She refuses to play by society’s rules: she speaks her mind, cares nothing for the approval of the ton, and can throw a punch with remarkable accuracy. Her scandalous nature makes her a favorite subject of London’s most practiced gossips . . . and precisely the kind of woman The Duke of Leighton wants far far away from him.

He swears by reputation.

Scandal is the last thing Simon Pearson has room for in his well-ordered world. The Duke of Disdain is too focused on keeping his title untainted and his secrets unknown. But when he discovers Juliana hiding in his carriage late one evening—risking everything he holds dear—he swears to teach the reckless beauty a lesson in propriety. She has other plans, however; she wants two weeks to prove that even an unflappable duke is not above passion.

Juliana Fiori is the illegitimate and lost sister of the St. John brothers. She has had Callie help her navigate and be accepted by the ton, but the only problem is that Juliana is Italian, impulsive and a magnet for scandal.
Because of this, Simon Pearson, a duke, has no room for her scandal when he faces his own soon. His sister is the woman that Lady Isabel Townsend harbored and when she gives birth, everyone will know. His family was pristine before that and he knows a scandal that big will never be recovered.
This book will make Simon learn what love is. He’ll make a cold man die of passion.
The back and forth… you need this series in your life.

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Aug 252021
 

Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord (Love by Numbers Book 2) by Sarah MacLean

Since being named “London’s Lord to Land” by a popular ladies’ magazine, Nicholas St. John has been relentlessly pursued by every matrimony-minded female in the ton. So when an opportunity to escape fashionable society presentsitself, he eagerly jumps—only to land in the path of the most determined, damnably delicious woman he’s ever met!

The daughter of a titled wastrel, Lady Isabel Townsend has too many secrets and too little money. Though she is used to taking care of herself quite handily, her father’s recent passing has left Isabel at sea and in need of outside help to protect her young brother’s birthright. The sinfully handsome, eminently eligible Lord Nicholas could be the very salvation she seeks.

But the lady must be wary and not do anything reckless and foolish…like falling madly, passionately in love.

The starter of this series had me hooked. Naturally I’ve read all 3 books in a day and a half. Imagine my surprise when I found out I want to read ALL of Sarah MacLean’s books.
Nicholas St. John is the twin of Gabriel St. John, the Marquess of Ralston. After seeing his brother fall in love, he seeks adventures and agrees to help a friend in searching for his fugitive sister.
The daughter of a titled wastrel, Lady Isabel Townsend is known for many things, but hides many secrets as well. She’s the daughter of a man willing to wager her in bets, has lost everything he owned and now she faces a challenge. Help the sister of an important man, a woman on the run and pregnant, or confess and use the help of Nick and face consequences.

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Aug 252021
 

Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake (Love by Numbers Book 1) by Sarah MacLean

Readers will delight in this brand-new trade paperback edition of New York Times bestseller Sarah MacLean’s debut novel—featuring her sexy, funny, emotionally rich writing and one of the fiercely feminist heroines that made Entertainment Weekly crown her “the utterly intoxicating queen of historical romance.”

There are things a lady simply does not do. She does not smoke. She does not fence or attend duels. She does not fire a pistol, and she never, ever sneaks into a men’s club for a night of gambling and…other excitements.

Calpurnia Hartwell has spent a lifetime following the rules and, as a reward, she’s been forgotten at the edges of society, unnoticed…and unsatisfied. So, what’s a girl to do, but break the rules and get a taste of the life she’s been missing?

Once Callie throws herself into a bold new world, she fast realizes a taste won’t ever be enough. She’s going to need a partner—someone who knows everything about rule-breaking. Someone like Gabriel St. John, Marquess of Ralston—charming and handsome, with a scandalous reputation matched only by his wicked smile.

But the further Callie ventures into this new world, the further she gets from her family’s expectations and all she once held dear. Will she be brave enough to leave her old life behind? Because she’s about to break the most important rule of all—the one that says pleasure-seekers should never fall in love. . .

I am not a big fan or have read too many historical romances, but this is top for me. So far this one is the best I’ve read and OMG… the feels… the slowburn… it’s to die for.. When I mean slowburn I think of the way they slowly fall in love, and how good of a character development there is.
So, I did not expect this wave of desire for historical romances, and it’s more awesome because I’ve leaped from alien romance to historical by night and I was hooked.
Since then, I haven’t even stopped to write my reviews, just craving more.
If you’re a newbie to this genre I highly recommend starting with this one… or if you didn’t hear about this book before GRAB it now!!!
Lady Calpurnia Hartwell will decide what type of heroine you want to seek in a historical. She’s fearless, a spinster and wants nothing more then to live. Gabriel St. John, the Marquess of Ralston has no choice but to notice her and ultimately, fall madly in love.

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Aug 252021
 

A Rogue by Any Other Name (The Rules of Scoundrels #1) by Sarah MacLean

What a scoundrel wants, a scoundrel gets. . .

A decade ago, the Marquess of Bourne was cast from society with nothing but his title. Now a partner in London’s most exclusive gaming hell, the cold, ruthless Bourne will do whatever it takes to regain his inheritance—including marrying perfect, proper Lady Penelope Marbury.

A broken engagement and years of disappointing courtships have left Penelope with little interest in a quiet, comfortable marriage, and a longing for something more. How lucky that her new husband has access to an unexplored world of pleasures.

Bourne may be a prince of London’s illicit underworld, but he vows to keep Penelope untouched by its wickedness—a challenge indeed as the lady discovers her own desires, and her willingness to wager anything for them . . . .even her heart.

As I’ve said before, I am starting and reading all of this author’s books. She has me at that point and I can’t help myself.

If you’re read Love By Numbers Series, you know Lady Penelope Marbury was supposed to marry a duke. A duke that was wrapped in scandal and their marriage no longer on the table. Years later, she has turn a spinster, a cruel story to a girl who once was the most sought after. Respectable family and riches.

Now, A decade ago, the Marquess of Bourne is still seeking revenge, he wants his old land back, the one that his family owned and his way to get it is by forcing and marrying Lady Penelope Marbury.

They were once childhood best friends, but now… as adults and change by the world, they need to know each other again.

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