Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Review: Bourbon Bliss

Bourbon Bliss Bourbon Bliss by Claire Kingsley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Juney. Yep. I've been wondering what kind of man she would end up with and George Thompson is quite the man.

I loved this story. I've always found June Tucker to be intriguing and I've wondered how her brain works. I had no idea how that analytical part of her would be able to fall in love, but wow. It happens in true Bootleg fashion.

Well, what did I expect, really? Each book has surpassed the book before it--and I don't even know how that's possible. I've loved each and every single character in this series. And Bootleg Springs is included in that list of things I love! This series is one of those you don't want to put down and the fact there are only two more books in this series makes me a bit sad.

Start at the beginning so you get the feel for the underlying mystery, but you can read this on its own if you just want the love story and HEA.

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Review: Moonshine Kiss

Moonshine Kiss Moonshine Kiss by Lucy Score
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I absolutely love Bootleg Springs. It's a town that is just as much a character in the series as the actual people. Bootleg has its own personality and its own secrets.

We're getting closer to learning some of those secrets, but not before we get Bowie Bodine's love story! OMG.

I am one of those girls who just LOVES love. I love watching it develop and seeing it grow and I love the idea of being so in love with someone that you're willing to do anything to protect that person, make that person happy.

And that is Bowie.

If you've been reading these books, you know he has a thing for Cassidy. But what you don't know is why he won't act on it. Learn the hows and whys and the secrets of Cassidy Ann Tucker and Bowie Bodine in Moonshine Kiss

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Review: Atomic Marriage

Atomic Marriage Atomic Marriage by Curtis Sittenfeld
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I grabbed this as it was a freebie with the Audible Originals thing.

Short, sweet, simple.

Diane Lane did an incredible job narrating this short story.

Despite it's short length, it is a bit intriguing. How do you make your marriage better? Is it possible a total hypocrite can give decent advice? Advice that truly works for others, despite his own struggles with his marriage.
Should we adhere to the Atomic Marriage beliefs?



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Review: Dark Lover

Dark Lover Dark Lover by J.R. Ward
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review of 01/9-01/12 2019 reading

4 stars.

Yes, so my rating changed, but that doesn't mean I don't like the book. It just means that, when put into perspective, I've read so many books since my original reading of this (it's been almost 8 years since my first reading) and my tastes have changed a bit.

And since I haven't read this book in years, when I saw it was part of the romance package, I just had to grab it. I've missed this world. The Black Dagger Brotherhood is dark and ruthless, but it's only to save themselves and their race.

This is PNR/urban fantasy at its finest. I can't think of another world in this genre that I'd rather get lost in. I can't wait to continue my audio journey with these characters.


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Friday, January 11, 2019

Review: Valentines Days & Nights

Valentines Days & Nights Valentines Days & Nights by Corinne Michaels
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've read many of these, so I'll review the ones I've read now and come back and edit when I've read the remaining books.

Pucked by Helena Hunting--5 Hockey Stars
When I first met Alex Waters I couldn't help but think he was this perfect man with his cocky features and weirdly sweet demeanor. And Violet Hall is so completely opposite that I just couldn't put the book down! And Alex did NOT disappoint. If you're looking to laugh a ton, have sweet and sexy times, then Pucked is the way to go. And as far as series are concerned, this is one that only gets better with each book.

Something in the Way by Jessica Hawkins--5 Angsty Stars
Wow. Just, hold my heart for a bit because Lake and Manning have ripped it out. And the angst, the feels...just, wow. Yeah, this is one that'll have you reaching for the next book because this one is so...angsty.

Wrong by Jana Aston--5 RomCom Stars
Trust in Jana to always do the right thing by providing us with comedy. Comedy and sexy times. Sophie and Luke are the May-December romance that you want to read. He's older, wiser, and her gynecologist. Wait! What?!! Yeah, it's a meetcute you won't see coming. And you won't be able to resist this couple.

Rough Edge by CD Reiss--5 WTF Just Happened Stars
This was one of those books that left me asking myself just What in the AF?! You'll be asking yourself the very same question when you get to the end. It's just that good and that mindblowing. It made my top reads of 2019 list.

Consolation by Corinne Michaels--5 #Dreamboat Stars
This was probably the very first indie published romance I ever read. And it sent me into a world filled with love, laughter, angst, pain, and heartbreak. But it filled me with LOVE. And awe. And it brought be #Dreamboat and I'll never lose my love of Liam. He will forever be my first book boyfriend. Oh, and this book is fantastic. Talk about an ending!!

Books I still need to read:
Shopping for a Billionaire by Julia Kent
Only Trick by Jewel E Ann
Escort by Skye Warren
Beauty and the Mustache by Penny Reid

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Review: Shades of Magic Vol. 1: The Steel Prince

Shades of Magic Vol. 1: The Steel Prince Shades of Magic Vol. 1: The Steel Prince by V.E. Schwab
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So, this is my first time with a comic? Graphic novel? What's the correct term here? I honestly have no idea.

But here's what I do know:

~I am so happy VE Schwab decided to give us more of Maxim Maresh.
~I am thrilled with this new medium in which she chose to deliver Maxim.
~I loved the images.
~I want MORE.

Now, here are my troubles:

~When I preordered issues 2-4 I also ordered issue 1 (it had already been released). I went to pick up my copies today (because I'm a slacker with a job in retail and the season was upon us) and only issues 1 and 3 came in! I really really don't want to download the kindle version, but I might have to do just that so I can continue.
~I had no idea these things were so short.
~I am already wanting more.
~I'm really really happy that I waited to read these until almost all four issues were out. I am not a patient person. The wait would have killed me.

Clearly my troubles are all on me and nothing to do with the fantastically magical world VE Schwab created for us. These covers are gorgeous and I desperately hope that my second issue arrives so I can have the complete set.

If you aren't sure how you feel about comics (graphic novels?), but you've read the Shades of Magic series, then just go ahead and get this. Worst case you learn a bit more of Maxim. Best case you LEARN MORE OF MAXIM.

See. You can't go wrong.

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Review: The Raven Boys

The Raven Boys The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review from Jan 07-08, 2019 read

5 stars. Yes, I realize I've rated and reviewed this before, but I don't think you truly appreciate what a beautiful book this is. I love the entire world. 300 Fox Way feels so real and so alive. Those Raven Boys are just the kind of friends Blue never wanted, but ended up with anyway. And she feels like they've just always been around.

Rereading this book is a bit like watching my favorite movie over and over and over again. Why do people give me such a hard time for rereading when I *know* you've watched your favorite movie more than once. Same. Exact. Thing.

And I love it here. So much that my next tattoo will involve quite a bit of Raven Cycle things.
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Beautiful. This book is beautiful. And to listen to this world come alive? Oh. My. God. It's freaking amazing. I wasn't sure how a man narrating this book would go, but it's genius. He does such an amazing job with the voices and the accents. This is definitely one of my favorite audios.

This was a reread for me. I love Maggie Stiefvater and everything she does. I tend to revist her books at least once per year. They are all so beautifully written, each word in the exact spot it needs to be in to paint the world she has created.

I want to live at 300 Fox Way. I want to have a set of Raven boys all of my own. I want a Gansey and a Ronan and an Adam. I want a Moira and Calla and Persephone. I want them all. This world is so detailed and so in depth. I could crawl in and never leave.

And Gansey. Oh, Gansey. Mint leaves and a crazy obsession with ley lines don't detract from your attractiveness. They also won't save you from your fate.

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