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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Review: Barbarian's Taming

Barbarian's Taming Barbarian's Taming by Ruby Dixon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I can't believe I made a shelf titled "alien smut" so I could put these books in their own little home. But whatever.
Here I am, eight books in, with no end in sight.

Maddie isn't the most pleasant person on the ice planet, but can you blame her? She woke up to a bunch of giant blue alien men and one human female with glowing blue eyes. Yeah, to say her world was flipped is probably an understatement.

And then her sister is kidnapped.

I'd probably lose my shit too.

Hassen has been exiled (temporarily and only kinda) for taking Lila, but that doesn't stop the longing looks he shares with Maddie when he drops by the tribe home to leave food for the others. It doesn't stop Maddie from staring at him when he enters the cave. It doesn't stop her from trudging out into the snow to see if she can rile him up.

They're both lonely, they despise each other, and there is the feeling of being lost that each seem to cling to.

So, why wouldn't they hook up?

No reason, obviously. This is a match made in what should have been hate-fuck heaven, but I should have known Hassen didn't have it in him. That big, blue alien just wants some love.

I would like to stop and say that this book DOES have the hottest sex scene in the series, though. The cave scene. With Taushen outside. Hassen takes what he wants, just like Maddie had done in the storage room.
But his method is HAWT, despite the planet being made of ice.

Anyway, tragedy happens, but our couple is fantastic and having the sex and there is a resonance. So, yeah, the tragedy sends us to book 9, where we see Stacy and Pashov.

Let the rebuilding begin.

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Review: Barbarian's Touch

Barbarian's Touch Barbarian's Touch by Ruby Dixon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Li-lah. Oh, Li-lah.

So, yeah, she's deaf. Which is cool because who am I too judge someone for something they have no control over.
But she's been able to hear for 10 years, I believe, before the evil green aliens stole her from her warm bed and performed a surgery that left her without hearing. Again.

Lila is thrust back into a world she thought she left behind. No, not the ice planet. She thought she was finally in a place where she wasn't the weird deaf girl, a world where she could hear and communicate without the help of others (beyond her cochlear implant, of course). But when she finds herself on Not-Hoth, she finds herself without her hearing and falling back to that helpless girl who is content to live in her sister's shadow.

Oh, yeah, she was scooped up right along with her sister, Maddie.

So, this is Lila's story. The story of how she became strong and capable and loved.
All without the ability to hear.

This is where we really get to see Rokan. I know he's been mentioned, but this is just total proof that I want a big, blue alien to resonate....with. To. Eh, grammar. Whatever. I want a resonance. Mostly because I want someone to go above and beyond to make sure I'm happy and safe and taken care of.
Plus the sex. But that's not the important thing here.
I want my blue alien to protect me from metlaks and sky claws and an avalanche.

Yep. Rokan. Heeellllllooooo, Rokan.

Seven couples down, nine to go? I honestly don't know. Amazon says this is only a nine book series, yet at the same time I can search Ice Planet Barbarians and it'll show me books numbered through sixteen.

So, I'm going with that.

And Maddie's book is about to be all sorts of hate-fucking. Right?!

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Review: A Second Chance to Sparkle

A Second Chance to Sparkle A Second Chance to Sparkle by Pippa Taylor
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is not what I expected. The cover makes it seem far different from what it is. However, the story inside is that of a woman who is searching for herself, while spending time with her bestie.

She never thought she'd find love. Especially while vacationing in London.

The story is sweet. What it lacks in romance (there is some, but I would have liked to have seen more of our couple!) it makes up for in best-friendship.

If you want a story of BFFs, this is your bag. There's even a hottie British guy (or two) for you to feast your eyes on. One of them may even be your Prince Charming.

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Review: Ice Planet Holiday

Ice Planet Holiday Ice Planet Holiday by Ruby Dixon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well, this was fun!

I loved this short interlude where we can see the tribe have fun, all while having a resonance thrown in.

Because what's a blue alien-smut book without the resonance?

Get your khui ready! You're in for a fun treat!

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Review: Barbarian's Prize

Barbarian's Prize Barbarian's Prize by Ruby Dixon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Tiffany and Salukh.

Yeah, Tiffany is one of two remaining unmated females. And since Josie drives everyone insane with her constant chatter, Tiffany is the girl they guys have their eyes on.

Only, she'd give just about anything to not resonate. Ever. She doesn't want to be touched, she doesn't want to be around others, and she does not want a mate.
Because then she would have to give in to the resonance and that is something she can't handle.

Salukh is wrapped up in Tiffany. He knows she's hurting, he knows she's been hurt, and he just wants to take her pain away. But how does he do that? What will it take to make Tiffany trust him?

She may have all the answers to these problems when she propositions her best male friend on Not Hoth.

But will he take what she is offering or will he wait for resonance?

Another excellent installment in this alien-smut series.

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Review: Barbarian’s Mate

Barbarian’s Mate Barbarian’s Mate by Ruby Dixon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have been waiting to read about Haeden since book one. He's all broody and mean and kind of an asshole.

Which makes him perfect.

Josie and Haeden do not like each other, which is how I knew this would be absolutely, without a doubt, one of the most fun books in the series.

But why must you hurt me, Ruby? WHYYYYYYYY?!

This is supposed to be fun alien smut. Why all the feels?

Oh, yeah, I totally dig the back and forth hate and banter these two have. I totally want to watch this happen in real life. And that resonance thing is a real bitch, but what can ya do?

Nothing.

Give in to the resonance.

On to book seven!

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Review: Barbarian Mine

Barbarian Mine Barbarian Mine by Ruby Dixon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'd like to take a little trip. You know, a vacation to a place with few people where I can relax by the natural springs of the planet and bask in the rays of two suns.

Oh, that's not possible? Are you sure?

Just put me on a space ship and send me to Not-Hoth so I can take a khui, resonate, and then have a bunch of human-alien babies.

Wait. No. That doesn't sound right.

But really, where's Not-Hoth? Is there a giant blue alien for me?

I don't know what magical spell I'm under, but give me the next book in the series.

And a vacation because I'd really like to be able to read these without stopping. I bet I could get some reading done on Not-Hoth. Think my kindle will work there?

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Review: UnStable

UnStable UnStable by M. Piper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 You're Bacon Me Crazy Stars

Well, that book was a "can't put it down, gonna read it all in one sitting" kind of book. So, thanks for that.

Ford West. We met him in UnPlanned, the book featuring Lincoln West.

Ford is the middle child, the party-er, the fun guy, the no relationship guy.

Or is he?

He's had his fair share of heartache. More than most. And it happened at an earlier age than you could ever expect. Because no one could prepare him for the trials he'd have to endure.

Mackenzie Mueller (I'm pretending Piper used my name here) just got out of her serious relationship. A relationship that was doomed before it began, but she had no way of knowing that.
She's heard the rumors surrounding Ford West and she's kept her distance--easy to do when you're engaged to another man.

But what happens when that engagement is over and you're on the hunt for something to make you forget?

Ford happens. Good time, fun, no relationships Ford happens.

But what happens when Ford wants more?

UnStable happens. This book happens. All the details are here. You want the details.

You're gonna laugh, you're probably gonna tear up a bit, and you're gonna love Ford and Mack.

Bring on Reagan, Piper. I'm not ready.

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Review: You're Still the One

You're Still the One You're Still the One by Rachel Harris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oh, what a sweet, sweet story!

Sexy Charlie. Arabella has had a crush on Sexy Charlie for longer than she cares to admit. She admired him the first time he stepped foot into her home and she continued to admire him throughout his musical career.

Little Bit. The ridiculous nickname bestowed upon Arabella by Charlie when she was still a young girl. His boss's daughter, the princess of Nashville. It never occurred to him that she would grow up.

But boy does she grow up?!

And he didn't even recognize her.

A summer like no other before it. A friendship neither saw coming. A working partnership that proved both were more than their monikers.

What they could have never expected from each other was love. Love wasn't really on either's agenda. But they gravitate toward one another. They find themselves spending more and more time together. They find themselves fighting their attraction. They find themselves succumbing to that same attraction.

And scandal. Because what's a good book without some sort of drama. You know, more than the boss's daughter drama. More than the bad-boy country star drama. Scandal. A scandal is always a sure fire way to halt the progress between two people.

A scandal is just what we need.

Don't say I didn't warn you.
I think you're going to love Sexy Lexy and Ella just as much as I do.

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Review: Summer Fling

Summer Fling Summer Fling by Jerica MacMillan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So, yeah, I liked this more than I thought I would. Not sure why I hesitated, but I did. However, I'm really glad I gave this a listen.

I enjoyed the story of Lance and Abby. In many ways it's your typical "player finds the one and loses his player ways" kind of book. In other ways, it isn't that at all. You never see Lance as a player. You hear about it, but you never witness it. The only girl you see him with is Abby. I love that about this. And really, she has more issues than he does.

Quick listen and as usual Tor Thom and Charley Ongel are fabulous. They're one of the few narrating duos I absolutely love listening to. I seek out there work and am never disappointed.

Grab Summer Fling if you're looking for a quick, light read. I think you'll enjoy it.

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Review: Outside

Outside Outside by Michelle Mankin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ever want to hear an audio duo sing?
Grab this audio.

listen to the whole thing.
Get to the end.

Hear the singing.

So, I've been a fan of Kai and Wen for what feels like forever at this point. They nail the characters every single time. They nail the emotions and the chemistry and the voices. They do not disappoint in this book.

Linc and Moana. Well, this is one story I wasn't expecting. Second chances are a favorite of mine.
And this is one epic second chance.

It's been fifteen years since Moana has seen Linc. And the last time she saw him wasn't a moment she wants to remember.

This story is told in three parts: the present, the past, and the present. It flows nicely. I enjoyed seeing the two reconnect in the present, but it's the story of their past that has you falling in love.

So, uh, can someone point me in the direction of the hot surfers? And maybe the rock gods while you're at it. Either will do just fine.

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Review: Unmasked

Unmasked Unmasked by Magan Vernon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I'm all for a sweet love story with a strong male and a strong female. Throw in snowboarding and ice skating and you have my attention.

So, what could go wrong?
Well, a bet, for one. Have we learned nothing from movies? We don't need the "She's All That" moment. No more taking the outcast and turning her into a beauty. Because these are obviously beautiful women to begin with. Beautiful women who have other things to focus on than their outward appearances--whether that is physical beauty or inner beauty.

And our Ice Queen is beautiful. She is strong and confident and an Olympic champion. So, why the hesitation with men? Probably because they all suck.

Except our snowboarder who is basically Winter Games royalty thanks to his parents.
He takes that bet, the one set by his idiotic friends--who are real jackasses, btw--and locks in.

She doesn't stand a chance.
Neither does he.

The two find love where and when they least expected it. I enjoyed the couple, but I'm almost more interested in Elsa's skate partner and her sister. Like, tell me what's happening there! I have to know!

Grab this book if you want something sweet. It's good for that.

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Review: Barbarian Lover

Barbarian Lover Barbarian Lover by Ruby Dixon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Need something fun to read? Well, this is the series for you. Yes, I'm on book three. No, I have no shame.

However, Kira was probably the most...tame...of the females so far. I mean, she is in competition with Georgie and Liz so she's kinda at a disadvantage here.

BUT she is pretty kick-ass and I loved her almost as much as Aehako did.

Aehako makes this book, btw. He's strong, sweet, funny, flirty, and all alpha. I'm beginning to think all of the aliens are alpha, which makes me wonder how they all manage to get along so well. Especially since prior to the humans showing up, there were only 4 female sa-akhui. Maybe that's not the point here.

The point is that these aliens are going to get under your skin about as quickly and just as thoroughly as a khui.

Just keep going. You know you can't stop at book three. I already have the next 10 books on my kindle. I won't stop until I've read them all!

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Review: Barbarian Alien

Barbarian Alien Barbarian Alien by Ruby Dixon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Liz is probably my favorite. She was my favorite on the original alien ship and she continued to be my favorite as Georgie became the leader of the females.

Liz has heart and spirit.
Okay, okay. She's a smart-ass and she's strong and that's why I love her.

And Raahosh?
Holy moody alpha alien, Batman!

If there was ever an alien asshole, Raahosh is it. But once you get his story, you totally understand and you just want to hug him and squeeze him and love him.
Just like any alpha.

But this alpha is blue, ridged, over seven-feet tall, and a total badass.
You're gonna love him.

Grab yourself an alien. In fact, grab yourself an entire planet of them. I'm in for the long haul with this series. I can't stop!

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Review: Ice Planet Barbarians

Ice Planet Barbarians Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What did I just read? Was that for real? Did we really just land on Not Hoth and mate with blue aliens?

Oh, you aren't that far along yet? Just ignore the beginning of this review then.

But seriously, why did I not read this sooner? I'm not even sure what's happening with my brain. My brain tells me it's weird and sci-fi (which is not my favorite) and yet it's smutty and almost sweet.

Vektal is the blue alien.
Georgie is the human.

Together, they will unite two species.
Or something.

The girls have crash landed (read this as: left for almost dead) on this crazy ice planet. They were abducted from their comfy, cozy, warm beds while sleeping and when they awoke, they realized that aliens had taken them in the night.
Super unfortunate.

Georgie, who is awesome and kinda badass, even if she makes super questionable decisions, is the leader because, well, everyone else is weak and afraid. So, after the not so awesome crash landing on Not Hoth, she takes to exploring.

Obviously this is a horrible idea.

But Vektal will save her!

This is where the smut begins. And it's totally worth reading. I have no idea where I was in my life prior to reading alien smut, but I think it was a dark place, lacking love and laughter.

Because this is awesome.

On to book 2. I can't wait to see where this crazy sci-fi, alien smut takes us.

Job well done, Ms. Dixon.

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Review: Rhythm

Rhythm Rhythm by Mandi Beck
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Why didn't I read this sooner? I absolutely freaking love Stone and Willow. I mean, what's not to love about a broken man who almost screwed up his shot with his one true love? What's not to love about a man who quotes Bieber (thank you, Stone Lockhart, for my love of Justin Bieber)?

Nothing!

This is a nice little visit with Willow and Stone that *almost* leaves you satisfied. Honestly, I'll never get my fill of Stone. So, this is satisfying, yes, but I want more (You can find him in Sugar, which is a nice bonus to the sexy of Beau McCrae)!!!

Thanks for this trip into the lives of Stone and Wills. I look forward to everything you do when it comes to these two.

And thanks for filling a small void where my heart is screaming for Stone.

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Review: The Roommate Agreement

The Roommate Agreement The Roommate Agreement by Leddy Harper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My first Leddy Harper book.

Not my last.

I really enjoyed the writing, the story, and the characters. She didn't give me perfect characters. The characters are flawed, imperfect, and a touch bitter.

All with good reason.

But they aren't closed off to everything.

Adventure, friends, roommates.

They take on these new experiences and find love where they weren't expecting it.

Cash and Jade find each other at the perfect time in their lives. They grow within themselves and around each other. Neither expected to find their true love when they became roommates, but no one can argue that the unconventional beginning was exactly the beginning they needed.

And Aria? Oh, I love that kid. And I love how Cash loves her. He's the perfect guy.

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Review: Shadows of Self

Shadows of Self Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Faceless Immortal Stars

I read/listen to fantasy because I love the world building, the epic-ness of everything, the great battle scenes, and the characters. I always find the characters to be so full of life and passion, and their trials are never easy. Of course, they wouldn't be called trials if they were, but that isn't the point. The trials manage to catch our characters by surprise at times. They can be elbow deep in one trial and have truths revealed about previous trials that jeopardize their current path.

Sanderson does this flawlessly.

I didn't go into this book thinking I'd cry. In fact, I grab fantasy because no matter how involved they are, I'm not likely to shed a tear. And sometimes, it's that kind of buildup, that kind of magic, that catches me by surprise when the tears start to fall.

This is twice--minimum--that Sanderson has pulled tears from me. This is twice--minimum--that I have hurt for his characters. This is twice--minimum--that I have wished for the ability to go back in time to change things for those very characters who have me in tears now. Those same characters who are completely altered because of a few learned truths and revelations while in the middle of a near impossible trial.

Wax and Wayne are probably some of my favorite characters. There is chemistry, humor, love of brotherhood. There is something so real, so intricately woven, that Wax and Wayne are dependent upon each other, even when they believe they are not.

And the addition of Marasai and MeLaan (pardon my spelling, I listened to this awesomeness) that rounds out this little crew. Some could say a crew reminiscent of that of the Survivor. Each with their own strength, each with their own weakness, each with their own heart and mind. This crew will battle something big and I can't wait to see it happen. Not because I want to lose any of these members, but because Sanderson knows how to write a battle scene.

Can I say that I loved (view spoiler)

This is one of those rare times when I figured out something before it was actually revealed. I'm not sure why or what hit me to cause such a revelation within myself, but I did figure it out.
However, it was no less exciting or surprising when Wax and Wayne finally came to the same conclusion.

And what do I do now? The library has a waitlist 8 (I imagine this number was much more ridiculous when the book was released, but I didn't expect so many people to be listening to it now!) people deep and I need more Wax and Wayne. I need to know how Wax handles the aftermath of SoS. I need to know if he marries Steris. I need to know if something cool happens for Marasai. I also need to know what in the world is going on!

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Review: Dirty Talk

Dirty Talk Dirty Talk by S.L. Scott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved seeing Luke in Models On Top/Sweet Talk.

I knew I wanted his story as soon as he and Danny started talking about this mysterious "Jane."

I didn't know what I would be getting, but OMG! Luke Anders is one of those guys you want to see happy. No matter what it takes to get him there, you want him happy. You want to see him smile and laugh and have a good time. You want to see him love. You want to see him succeed.

Because he deserves it.

He's given the manwhore reputation a run for its money, but he's heartbroken and lost. He finds comfort in the temporary. He doesn't want anything serious and the one-night stands are typically very accommodating.

I mean, who wouldn't be? He's the Luke Anders.

I loved the book. I loved Luke and Janie. I loved seeing Danny again.

*I listened to the audio of this book. The narrators are well cast and play the characters very well. I love how they brought these characters to a new life that only audio can provide.


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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Review: American King

American King American King by Sierra Simone
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Eleven days.
It took me eleven days to read this book.
Eleven days.

Eleven days where I hurt and cried and felt pain.
Eleven days when I felt unconditional love, devotion, and magic.
Eleven days where I was terrified I would be broken.

I was broken.
I was hurt.
I was in pain.
I was elated.
I was happy.
I was in love.

Eleven days where my mind, body, and soul were held captive.
Eleven days where my happiness, sadness, and contentment were handled by the King.
Eleven days where I fought, and bled, wanted, and needed more from my Prince.

Eleven days where the Queen ruled.

Should you read this book? Yes.
Should you savor this book? Yes.
Should you devour this book? Yes.

I'm not sure how you can both savor and devour a book, but make it happen.

Eleven days was too long.
Eleven days wasn't long enough.

The New Camelot is waiting.

#TeamEmbry #YesSir #YesMyKing #LittlePrince #Princess #KingArthur

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Review: Dirty Little Secret

Dirty Little Secret Dirty Little Secret by Kendall Ryan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

So, uh, why didn't someone tell me this would end the way it did? Where are all of my so-called friends who are there to protect me from things like this?

Because now I NEED book two, but I have no time to fit in a book. Well, I do, but I have a bajillion more books to read and no time to binge.
But I digress.

Gavin is the sexy man in the coffee shop that Emma Belle can't quit daydreaming about. In a rash move, he drops his card, but it can't be for her, can it? Or maybe it is. Should she pick it up and use it or leave it there?
Should she take control of the situation or leave it to fate?

And Gavin? Well, he's all alpha-goodness and he has that tall, dark, and handsome thing on lock. Pretty sure he's owning that market.
But then there's Conner. Oh, Conner Kingsley, the younger brother, the light-hearted, easy-going Kingsley.

How would one be able to choose between the dark, brooding man from the coffee shop and the light, care-free man, who happens to be her new employer?

Yeah, I wouldn't want to make that choice either.

So, three stars. I'm sure some of you are asking why.
Well, it's sexy and tempting and Gavin and Conner are all hot and alpha-y.
But, uh, I guess I don't have a great reason other than it didn't pull any big emotion from me.
Hot and bothered? Yep.
In love, swooning, and ready to get married? Not quite there yet.
Torn between two brothers? Yep.

But really, let's talk about the fabulousness of those narrators. I don't want to leave out the amazingly sexy Zachary Webber and the new to me, yet still awesome Megan Tusing. These two bring Emma, Conner, and Gavin to life.

You should go ahead and buy all the books if you buy this one. You're gonna want to see how it all plays out.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Review: Villains Rule

Villains Rule Villains Rule by M.K. Gibson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Okay, so I have a secret love affair with fantasy. But it's a hit or miss love affair because fantasy requires dedication, perseverance, and the will and desire to finish something epic. So, that being said, I typically limit my fantasy novels because they're lengthy, time-consuming, and a huge commitment.

Villains Rule comes in just under ten hours, which is nothing in the grand scheme of fantasy. However, it made it that much more appealing. Throw in the fact that this is a story of villains and numerous fantasy realms, and the protagonist is speaking to the reader--Yes, he's speaking to YOU--and there wasn't a single part of me that could say no.

I'm always a fan of the anti-hero, but as The Shadow Master kindly points out, he is no anti-hero, he is a villain. THE Villain of all villains. Jackson Blackwell sets out on a great quest, although I'm not sure he realized that until he was pretty well into it. And that makes it even better.

How many pop culture references can you throw into a book before it gets old? No clue, honestly, because with every reference to Star Wars, LotR, a yellow-eyed demon, red haired river folk, dwarves, gods, elves, and any other fantasy character you can come up with, I found myself laughing hysterically. I was constantly trying to piece the references back to books I had read or books I had heard about.

But really, I enjoyed every single minute of this book. I was never bored or confused or left wanting more--unless you count when I got to the end, in which case I want more. MK Gibson, can you stretch this into a trilogy? ;-) The fans demand it! Well, this fan does. Quite frankly, I don't care if others want it, I just know that I do. So, please?

I'm gonna revisit this book soon. I'm telling all of my friends. Lover of fantasy or not, this book is for anyone looking for something funny. This is fantasy for the 21st century. It's fantasy for the new generation. Or at least for the generation who loves a good laugh.

And a good trope. Because we all know fantasy sticks to its tropes.

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Review: Work Me Up

Work Me Up Work Me Up by Sasha Burke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first time I've read Sasha Burke and I fell head over heels for her writing. I loved every minute of this book/novella. The characters, the not insta-insta love, the climbing, the push and pull. I loved it all.

So, Logan is sexy, rich, and a single dad. I love a single dad romance. I love one even more when he's the perfect dad ever.

Nicole is feisty, strong, independent, and all the things I wan't to be when I grow up. And she has caught Logan's attention.

The push and pull, the chemistry, the background, it all works.

I can't wait to read more by this author. This was the perfect. light read while between heavy, angsty books.

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Review: The Beauty and the Badass

The Beauty and the Badass The Beauty and the Badass by Lucy Felthouse
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I think I've found a new author to one-click. Lucy Felthouse hasn't disappointed me yet. Her stories are short, sweet, sexy, and fun. Each one containing sexy times, low-angst, and love.

The Beauty and the Badass managed to be the second book in a row I read that started off in a gym. Apparently working out and being all fit and awesome is in right now. Or maybe I'm choosing these books a reminder to myself that definition and energy aren't going to manifest themselves on my couch with a glass of wine in one had and a book in the other.

Anyway, short, sweet, sexy, and fun. That's what Lucy Felthouse delivers every single time. I think this is my third or fourth book by her and I really enjoyed it.

I listened to the audio of this and while the story was a typical Ms. Felthouse story, I found the narration to be a bit lacking. No fault of the author, just not my favorite narrator. I enjoyed her lovely accent though, I will say that. I just felt that the characters were lacking a little.

Coming in at just over an hour, The Beauty and the Badass is a quick listen. You should give it a go if you're looking for a sexy Viking and a Badass chick.

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Review: Resuscitate Me

Resuscitate Me Resuscitate Me by Leddy Harper
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

So, it's been a long time since I've read or listened to a single POV book. I didn't realize I was getting myself into one, but I almost didn't notice due to the excellent narration. Two narrators, each reading their respective characters. It made the story so much more. I liked hearing Carter Hastings. I liked hearing the dirty things he had to say. So, thank you Tor Thom, for an excellent male narration. And Charley Ongel, great as always.

Now, the book.

I'm a big fan of seeing things through. This book is one of those things I saw through till the very end. I made the point about a single POV earlier because I feel like this story could have been so much more if we knew what Carter was thinking. His behavior was all over the place, his attitude, the way he would get upset if our heroine wasn't where she said she'd be. He seemed to have a lot of insecurity issues.
There were several times when this annoyed me. When he turned cold and distant, I wanted to know why. I could only guess as to the reasons behind his actions, but if I had been Cara, I'd have walked.

Am I glad I finished the book? Yeah. I actually enjoyed it once they pulled their heads out of their asses. The characters were believable. They had their own flaws, they had their own issues, and they fought through those to be together.

Overall, 3 stars. I liked it, but it didn't pull any huge emotion from me.

*"This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Review: Playing the Rookie

Playing the Rookie Playing the Rookie by Rachelle Ayala
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 Stars

Baseball. A rookie pitcher. A job working Spring Training.
Yep. Sign me up.

I want this job. I want the rookie pitcher--although at this stage in my life, I should be looking for the veteran pitcher, or hell, the pitching coach (I'm looking at you Verlander, Kluber, and Calloway). Anyway, yes, I know actual pitchers and pitching coaches. Baseball and books. Two of my favorite things.
So, yes, this job. The pitcher. This sexy little novella. All the things i love in one spot.
Throw in some awesome narrators and I have my own little slice of heaven.

"This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Review: The Scorpio Races

The Scorpio Races The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is, hands down, my most favorite book ever. EVER.

I can say that because it's true.
You will believe it because you can see I've read this book about five times.

I've never fallen more in love with the characters in a book quite the way I fall in love with Sean and Puck and Corr and Dove with each reading.

Each time I pick up this book or push play on my audio, I fall in love with something new. Whether it's the love Finn has for The Morris, or the way every single person calls Sean Kendrick by his first and last name, or how deeply Puck loves the island, I find something new to love. Something old to love.

I find myself, for the first time since encountering The Scorpio Races, reading this book at the most perfect time of year. It's the time the water horses come out of the sea. It's the time we start preparing for the races. It's a time when many will die. It's October. And on the first day of November, someone will die.

It is rare that I find a book that can continue to bring tears to my eyes. I've officially listened to this book twice this year and each time I find myself crying at the end. I find myself laughing when it is time to laugh, I find myself smiling, and frowning, and crying.
Every.
Single.
Time.
I.
Read.
This.
Book.

What kind of power is that? What kind of magical, lyrical prose does Maggie Stiefvater have that others do not? What does she do to make me come back time and time again?

Does she speak to me in the way the water horses speak to the people of Thisby? If I touch the book with bare skin, will I feel the pull of the world inside the pages? Is there a certain Island magic that brings out the courageous and the brave who are willing and ready to battle it out? Does the sea speak to me the way it speaks to Sean Kendrick? Will I find myself rooted to the ground with Thisby growing around me? Or do I have one foot on land and one in the sea?

*Fiona Hardingham and Steve West bring these characters to life, in a manner of speaking. I always hate saying that because the author gives them life, the author gives them their voice, but the narrators add a whole new element that gives them a bit of the creative genius as well. They breathe life into already living characters, they give voice to people who speak on their own, they bring the settings and the scenes and the entire story to the front of your mind, even when you're already thinking about it. So, yes, listening is a completely different experience. I can no longer read this book without hearing these narrators and their accents and their voices. But Fiona Hardingham is Kate "Puck" Connelly and Steve West is Sean Kendrick.

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Review: Move the Stars

Move the Stars Move the Stars by Jessica Hawkins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 I Made a Mistake Stars

He became demanding, hard almost angry. I was willing, soft, almost terrified.
This is the ending we've been waiting for all year. Lake and Manning have been plagued with struggles. First she's too young, then he's in jail, and when he gets out? He chooses someone else.

Now, you're probably wondering how in the world Jessica Hawkins can recover from that ending in Something In the Way, but just know she does. She recovers, but not before breaking you just a little bit further. If you were hurting during the first two books, well, hold on, because you aren't going to feel any better while reading this.

Until you do feel better.
And you fall in love.
And you find yourself.
And you realize that it was never really something anyone could control.
And you finally see that you really can't move the stars.



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Review: Mr. & Mrs.

Mr. & Mrs. Mr. & Mrs. by J.A. Huss
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

6 MISTERS Stars

Because, well, there are SIX Misters and they all deserve a star to call their own.

JA Huss is back and she is just as fine as ever. Not only has she delivered the Five story we all waited oh, so patiently for, but she has now given us the HEA to top the last HEA. She has given us the Misters in all their family glory.

Five and his Princesses.
Mac and Ellie.
Nolan and the girls.
West and his son.
Pax and Cindy.
Oli and Kat.

The entire clan is here. The entire clan is looking for something just a little bit more .
Gimme more.

I've never been so happy for a "like father, like son" moment as I was when Oli and Kat found those bikes.
And can we talk about Nolan and those princesses he finds himself mixed up with? Just, there's nothing sweeter or more lovable about Romantic than him learning how to host a tea party for his very own princess.
The hike for Ellie and Mac? God, I couldn't stop laughing.
What about West? And Pax? And Match?

Oh, god. The family is all here. All the Shrikes, the Astons, the Misters. THEY ARE ALL HERE.

Don't read this without reading the other Misters books. And if you want the whole story, read the Rook and Ronin series too. You won't be sorry.

JA Huss is perfection. I quit. No one can do this better than she can.

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Review: Hooking Up

Hooking Up Hooking Up by Helena Hunting
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Does Helena Hunting ever disappoint?
The answer is no.

5 Hooking Up Stars

We all met Amie in Shacking Up. We all met Armstrong. Did we all hate Armstrong? Thought so.
Just a little warning, you won't like him at the end of this book either. Or the beginning. Or anywhere in between. You will continue with your hate-fest for Armstrong.

Now, on to Amie. Amie is fantastic. She's fun, sweet, an amazing friend, and has a little wild streak which gave her the name Anarchy Amie. Seems reasonable that after her husband screws her over that she'd go a little crazy. I know I would.

Anarchy Amie comes out to play.
But who does she want to play with?

Going on the honeymoon of a lifetime--alone--Amie finds herself again. She gets back to what it means to be Amie and she finds a hot, sexy, tattooed bad boy to hook up with while she's there. It's just the thing she needs to get over her cheating jerk of a husband.

Helena will make you laugh and swoon and fall in love while reading Hooking Up. You'll cheer for Amie and her Hottie Hook Up throughout the entire book. You'll want more, but you'll be completely satisfied with the end.

The perfect blend of romance, comedy, and finding yourself while losing yourself at the same time. You're gonna love this book.

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Review: Current

Current Current by Abby McCarthy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jake and June will be the romance you want to reread. I am so disappointed that I didn't read this book sooner. I could have experienced all the things if only I had picked it up!!

As it stands, I listened to this audio and it was perfection. The narrator is the perfect June. She's the perfect third person voice for Jake's scenes--despite it not being in his POV.

Well written, beautifully crafted, and a bit magical. Current will pull you in. Current will push you away. Current will keep you.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Review: Unloved

Unloved Unloved by Katy Regnery
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 I want it too Stars

It's the age old question: nature versus nurture. Which prevails? Which is more important? Nature? Nurture? Both?

That's what I didn't realize I would be pondering while reading this story. I knew the love story would be unconventional, but I didn't realize just how different and how amazing it would be.

Well, beyond the fact that Katy Regnery wrote it and she's pretty freaking amazing--I haven't met a book of hers I didn't like.

But Cassidy and Brynn? Wow. I experienced ALL THE FEELS with this book.

I feel like I trust him, like I need him, like I want him.
Brynn has to find a way to move on. She has to find peace. She needs closure. She will say goodbye.
On Katahdin. The place where Jem's soul would live on.

But what do you do when the worst case scenario happens to you? What do you do when you are experiencing something unfathomable?

Do you run? Do you fight? Do you succumb to the pain?

I watch her. I memorize her. I drink her in.
Cassidy lives a quiet life. He is isolated from society and seems to be content with the way things are. He's been fighting demons that aren't his, but demons he can't escape nonetheless. He will do whatever it takes to conquer those demons.

But what do you do when you hear a scream? What do you do when you stumble upon something unfathomable?

Do you run? Do you fight? Do you give in to your demons?

"But don't go too fast, huh?"
What unfolds in this book is unlike any other book I've read. The questions, the longing, the desire. The complications. The need. The want.

Can Brynn get the closure she needs on Katahdin? Can Cassidy save her from her past while holding his demons back?

Will the two find happiness with each other?

Will they find love?

I love her. I will love her until the sky falls. Until the sun and moon fail to rise. Until Katahdin crumbles. I will love her forever.


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Review: Sweet Talk

Sweet Talk Sweet Talk by S.L. Scott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Danny Weston.
Supermodel.

Danny Weston.
Sweet Talker.

I've read Danny before. I've loved and lived for Danny Weston. I devoured Danny Weston.

But listening to Sweet Talk, having Danny in my ears, speaking to me, whispering to me, reaching inside my soul and holding on tight?

God, it's more amazing than I could ever explain.

Kylie Stewart and Eric Rolon are freaking spectacular. Perfect. The chemistry is real, the emotion is raw, and the love is deep. And these two bring Danny and Reece to life like never before.



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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Review: From This Moment

From This Moment From This Moment by Melanie Harlow
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another heartbreaking love story from Melanie Harlow.

Just when you think she couldn't get any better, she does. She pushes the envelope on love. She makes you think outside the box. She makes you feel.

And I felt.

I felt happiness, sadness, loneliness, closeness, and everything in between.

Hannah is a widow, left to raise her daughter on her own. She's doing everything she can to survive, but sometimes life is just too hard, too much.

Wes is surviving his brother's death. After spending years overseas, he finally comes home to his family. While learning the ropes at the family practice, he's building and mending bridges with Hannah, his sister-in-law, and Abby, his niece.

But what happens when you start to fall for the one person you should never have feelings for? What happens when others stick their noses in your business and think they know better than you do? What happens when it all blows up in your face and the very thing you've been fighting against is inevitable?

Do you embrace it?
Or just let it slip through your fingers?

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Review: Something Wicked

Something Wicked Something Wicked by Teresa Mummert
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I never know what I'm going to get when I read a Teresa Mummert book. And I like it like that.
She has a unique writing style, her words are easy to digest and absorb, her characters are flawed and messed up and redeemable.

Drake is that redeemable character. You aren't sure if you're going to like him when he first shows up, but when it's all said and done, you do. You may even love him a little.

Gabby is fun, yet serious, beautiful, shy and outspoken. She's quite the contradiction. She's also one of the coolest chicks out there.

And she catches the attention of Hollywood A-lister, Drake.

Yep, it's a fun ride. You better hold on because Teresa throws twists and flips and turns that will have you all over the place.

**I listened to this book. LOVED it. I've gotten to where i typically only choose books by narrators I like and these two make that 'like' list.

"This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Review: Sure Thing

Sure Thing Sure Thing by Jana Aston
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 She's Real Stars

I'm a sucker for all things Jana Aston. She stole my loyalty when she gave us that rom-com about the sexy gynecologist. Then she just kept going with the sexy, older men and I haven't looked back.

Well, Sure Thing is no exception to this 'haven't looked back' thing I have going with Jana. And Jennings? Well, what's not to love about a sexy, older man who is British?
Nothing, by the way. Absolutely nothing.

I fell in love with Violet first. She is cute and quirky and fun. She's likable. I want to be friends with her. This is probably one of my favorite things about Jana's characters--they're likable. And I wish I knew them all. I wish I could meet up and have lunch with them. Especially Violet. Probably because she's got that hot British guy on her arm and I'd like a hot British guy. Because....well, British. And hot. And British.

"How do you want to fuck? Soft or hard? Fast or slow? Dirty or dirty?"
The answer is 'yes, please!' in case you're curious. Jennings thinks so, too. And said in that accent? Oh, where's the audio for this book? I need it.

"Knees, love. I want to feel your warm, wet mouth wrapped around me."
Why does that sound so hot?

Oh, right. The accent. That'll do it. I'm with Violet on this one, the accent makes smart women dumb. At least it would me. Let's face it, Jana is a go-to favorite, an automatic one-click, my favorite rom-com author. In fact, she's almost my only rom-com author. I can't wait to see what she gives us next (I'm hoping for Daisy, Rhys, or even Canon)!!!

When she remembers this night it shouldn't be with another woman's name on my lips. And she will remember this night.


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Review: Her Rogue Russian

Her Rogue Russian Her Rogue Russian by Leslie North
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Her Rogue Russian is the second book in the Karev Brothers series. I have not read the first book, but I do not think that distracts from the story. In fact, if I didn't know it was book 2, I wouldn't have realized there was a book before this one.

Maxim Karev. Russian mafia. Killer. Number one suspect in his father's death.

Savannah. FBI. Going undercover to flesh out the real killer in Maxim's father's case.

Who knew going undercover could be so hot and steamy?

The chemistry can be felt, the story is well-written, and the characters are all unique. For this to only be a 3ish hour audio, I did not feel cheated or like I missed anything.

I can't wait to read book 3 because I have to see how this plays out.
I'm going to go back and grab book 1 first though. I want to know what the other Karev brother is like because I've gotten to know Maxim and I love him.

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Review: Destiny on Ice

Destiny on Ice Destiny on Ice by S.R. Grey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

We all know I love the hockey boys.

This is no different. I want a Brent Oliver to call my own. Where can I get one?

Another hockey series for me to love. New hockey hotties to call my own.

One day, I'll hit puck bunny status and you all will know exactly what led me there.

Books. Book led me there. Smutty, sexy, funny, romantic hockey books.

I won't regret a minute of it.

*I audio'd this fantastic book. Tracy Marks will forever be a favorite. I can't wait to hear more of her narrations.

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Review: Scandalous

Scandalous Scandalous by L.J. Shen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

All the Stars!

Okay, so I guess I'll give it the 5 I'm allowed, but just know I'd give it more if I could.

I wanted what was forbidden, and wrong, and fucking crazy.

The Four HotHoles of Todos Santos have ruined me. They have owned me, destroyed me, claimed me, loved me, and hated me. They have confused me, wooed me, fucked me, and left me. These men have done unspeakable things and I couldn't care less.

Anything that could drive you mad cannot be all bad, right? Even jealousy. Even hate.
Hate is a maddening thing. Jealous isn't any better. The line between love and hate is riddled with holes and twists and turns and it can leave you breathless. It can leave you wanting. It can leave you in pain.

"The things I want to do to you will undo you."

Okay, let's get down to it. We all knew Trent Rexroth would break us. We knew he would bend us against our will. We knew he would undo us.
But did we really see it going down like this? Were you expecting that twist and turn and fucking loop that only LJ Shen can force you to ride?
No?
I wasn't expecting it either. I wasn't expecting the sheer craziness of Trent and Edie. I wasn't expecting Bane--BANE!--and I wasn't expecting the people to be so connected in ways that weren't expected.
I loved the ride.
I loved the thrill.
I loved the heartache.
I loved the pain.

"Every inch of you is mine.
Your breath is mine.
Your mind is mine.
Your body is definitely mine."

Trent might be my new favorite HotHole. I'm not sure how it's possible to give me a better man with each subsequent book, but it has happened. Each HotHole has that something that draws you in and doesn't let go. Trent "the Mute" Rexroth will grab you and not let go.

"My girl, my obsession, my Tide."


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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Review: Sugar

Sugar Sugar by Mandi Beck
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 "Make me forget" Stars

Beau McCrae.

You're gonna have to give me a minute to catch my breath.
And maybe find my undergarments.

Yep. A minute.
Or two.


Wow. Just holy wow. Thank you Mandi Beck for giving me a sexy, sweet, smooth country boy. I don't always like the southern guys, but hot damn. Beau McCrae.

Do people actually read my reviews? Do I need to be more descriptive or explain my newfound obsession a bit better?

Beau McCrae is the bad boy of country music. He's so bad, he's looking for a new label and he's making headlines--not the kind of headlines that says he's saving kittens or puppies or whatever either. The headlines are about the chicks he's banging, the amount of alcohol he's consuming, and the downward spiral he's been on recently.

Enter Hard Candy Records. Enter Addy Mae Masterson. She's sex on a stick or something. Beau can't take his eyes off her. And she's captivated by him too. Who wouldn't be? He's the Beau McCrae. Everyone wants a piece of him.

Addy Mae included.

I can't blame her, after this book I wanted some of Beau as well.

The way he drawls out the nickname Sugar, the way he works on his parents' ranch, the way he bickers with his brother, the way he hides behind himself, the booze, the fuck-ups. The way he fills out a shirt, wears that ball cap, and rocks a pair of jeans. Yes, I think I want my own Beau McCrae.

If you've read Stoned, you're going to love the cameos by that lot. LOVE IT. There's no one quite like Stone Lockhart and having him in a room with Beau McCrae should be illegal. Seriously. Hotness, artistic overload.

Mandi Beck wrote a wonderful book. This might actually be my favorite. And I didn't think anyone would top Stone, especially after Stone quoted Justin Beiber song lyrics to Willow. Beau could have used some of those lyrics himself.

Buy Sugar, read it, devour it, love it. Write a review.

Just know that you'll never think of watermelon OR the watermelon crawl quite the same way again.

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Review: The Client

The Client The Client by Pamela DuMond
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is my first Pamela DuMond book, but I will not be stopping here. Wow! She has a unique writing style that keeps you sucked in.

I didn't want this romance to end.

Joe is perfect. I mean, if there's ever been a perfect character, this guy is it. He's sweet, kind, heartbroken, and sexy as sin.

He's also rich. Did I mention that?

Charlotte is an up and coming matchmaker. She's sweet, kind, strong, and gorgeous.

She's also hiding from her crazy ex.

These two meet by chance, but then find themselves in several situations after the initial encounter. It's a whole slew of meet-cutes and I loved each one. Yes, I know you can really only have one meetcute, but whatever. Charlotte didn't know who Joe was. It was fun to watch that development. Fun to watch her shock and surprised.

Even better when his grandmother hired her to set him up with someone.

Love, laughter, sexy-times, and fun are all here. There's a twist and there are turns and you're going to enjoy each one.


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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Review: Five

Five Five by J.A. Huss
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 "Don't get her pregnant" Stars

Wow. Just wow. I've said it so many times you are probably tired of reading it, but fffuuuuuuccccckkkkkkkk. JA Huss is beyond freaking brilliant. I can't even begin to describe the ride i just went on, but I'll see what I can do. Because really? It's #FuckingFive and I've been waiting for him since he made his appearance in Guns. We knew he'd be amazing as soon as he took his Princess's hand and told Aunt Ronnie that he would take it from there.

Because he did.

He took it from there. And every single decision made was because he wanted to protect his sweet, naive Princess.

"Then promise me, baby. Just say those two words. 'I promise.' As soon as you do that, I'll give you everything you want. OK?"
Dear, God. I expected something epic with Five, I really did, but I did not expect this level of epicness. That won't make sense until you read it, but just know that Huss has way outdone herself with this. Five is a dirty talker, he's a pleaser, he's a genius, he's a robot geek, he's a lover, and he's a fighter.

Life is short. Time is finite.
No one seems to know this better than the members of The Team and those Company kids who got out. It was always a matter of time. We always knew the sins of the father would catch up sooner or later. But when?

Five is the word of the day today. Five is the man of the hour. Five. Five. Five.
You'd do well to remember this. Five is the man. Hands down one of the best Huss men out there.

If you've been following this cast of characters from the beginning, you're going to love it when their names appear here. Seeing some of my favorite people show up in these books is like going home. Home to a time that was fucked up, but still home and still a place of love. And lies. And deception. But that's the beauty of a Huss book, it's all lies wrapped in deceit wrapped in a pretty cover. You want one thing--and you will probably get it--but you're going to hurt in the process.

I cried. I almost shed a tear when I read the section heading for Part One. I'm a crier, I admit, but damn. Just a heading? Yeah, I knew this ride would hurt. I knew it'd be fantastic. And I just had a feeling I knew where it would stop.

And I was so close to being correct (and really, if you've read The Misters, it won't come as a shock to you either). I cried. I cried for Five. I cried for Rory. I cried for Spencer and Ronnie, the Shrike siblings, and I cried for me. Because I'm a sap.

And if you already loved Oliver, you're going to absolutely fall in love with his bad ass 12-year old self. Yes, he's already a bad ass. What do you expect from Spencer Shrike's only son?

But Five and Princess? This show is all theirs. And it's a show you want to see time and again. It's a show that has me looking for the time to re-read all 13 books, plus the HEA, plus The Misters. That's 19 books--20 if you count Five--that I want to binge before Mr & Mrs hits the shelves.

I need this. I need this right now. I need you to say yes and make promises, and never forget them.


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Friday, September 15, 2017

Review: The Alloy of Law

The Alloy of Law The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The fact that it has taken me this long to read this book makes me feel like an idiot. I don't know why I waited. I mean, The Mistborn trilogy was fan-freaking-tastic. I love everything about it. I cried when it ended, I rejoiced when it all came together in a way that only Brandon Sanderson could fashion, and I wanted to be an allomancer more than anything else in the world. I wanted the ability to burn metals. I wanted the ability to push off a metal or pull towards a metal. I wanted to be able to enhance my vision, soothe emotions, or split into two.

I wanted it all with that series.

So, again, why did I wait to continue? Did I think it wouldn't stand up? Was I afraid that, since it's set in the 'future,' it wouldn't be the same? Was I afraid it would lose its appeal without Vin and Elend and Kelsier? Sazed?

I DON'T KNOW!!

Because The Alloy of Law surpassed all my expectations. It made me laugh, love, and want to fight. It gave me a reason to visit Elendel, carry a gun named Vindication, and believe in the many religions that came from the earlier books.

Wax and Wayne? OMG. I have never laughed so hard. The bromance is REAL in this book. Wax and Wayne are constantly one-upping each other. I can't even begin to describe how awesome these guys are.

And Marasi? Oh, goodness. She adds a level of sweetness and bravery that manages to keep Wax and Wayne in line.

Well, as much as those two could ever be kept in line.

So, long story short? If you've read The Mistborn trilogy and hated to see it end, grab The Alloy of Law. You wont' necessarily revisit the same characters, but you will see what their fight and sacrifice did for the future generations. You may even enjoy the addition of guns to the mix.

And you might find yourself wanting to go back to the beginning. Which is normal. You may not realize you miss Elend and Vin and Sazed and TenSoon and the others until you step foot in Elendel and visit with a Ladrian.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Review: Keeper

Keeper Keeper by Amy Daws
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 "I'm drunk on Booker Harris" Stars

I love Amy Daws. There. I said it. I'm in love with her. Oh, wait. I'm in love with her characters.
Vi and her need to mother her brothers.
Camden and his love for Specs.
Tanner and his beard and man-bun.
Booker and his Poppy.
Gareth and his secrets.

But Booker. Oh, Baby Booker hurts me. He makes me love and laugh and hurt and love. There's fire and passion and desire.

Poppy is Booker's best friend from childhood. They haven't seen each other in years. What better way to reconnect than by having Poppy move in to Booker's new flat with him?

Hint: there isn't a better way.

But Booker always told me to never stop chasing butterflies.
That's because no one knew Poppy better than Booker. Not even Poppy. And he knew she was meant for great things.

If you've never felt sexual tension leaking from the pages of your book, then this will solve that little issue, no problem. Amy has the unique ability to make the chemistry palpable. She brings London to life. She brings characters to life. She gives them heart, love, passion, drive, angst, pain, and every emotion you can imagine. And she does it flawlessly.

It feels like a dare.
Like she's daring me to stop her.
Daring me to grant permission.
Daring the world to crash around us.
Naturally, tension has it's breaking point. It will snap and explode and connect in ways beyond your imagination. Because Booker and Poppy are perfect and everyone can see it.

Except Booker.

This is when having an older sister and three older brothers becomes hilarious. Their meddling gives us some of the best scenes in the book. You're going to love seeing Cam and Tanner as they're being all sappy, while still being totally filthy.

I might have a new favorite Harris brother. I guess I'll know for sure when we get Gareth.

"Life doesnae always give a fuck aboot yer plans, Pop."


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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Review: Complicated Hearts

Complicated Hearts Complicated Hearts by Ashley Jade
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 "We're gonna go down in flames" Stars

Wow. It isn't every day that I'm left without words to describe how a book has made me feel, but this is one of those books. And I've waited DAYS to write this review.

How does one do it justice?

How can one properly describe how one feels when reading something so completely and totally complicated?

How do you not spoil it for others?

Easy.

You wait for-freaking-ever to write your real review. You wait and wait and wait.

And then you man the fuck up and sit down and write.

Because you just know Ashley Jade poured her heart and soul into this book. And she deserves kind words in return.

So, my kind words are finally here because Landon and Asher and Breslin won't be quieted. They will not be silenced or made to feel ashamed or broken. They will go kicking and screaming into the night and they will be heard.

You will hear them.
She is my chaos.

You have to read Complicated Hearts book One for this to make any sense. If you don't, don't even bother with this one. You won't understand the dynamic, the love, the heartache, the lust, the pain that flows from the pages of this book. And you need that to understand.
I'm hopelessly and irrevocably in love with two people--and both have completely fucked me up and ruined me for anyone else.
God, truer words have never been spoken. Or unspoken.

Ashley Jade threw some twists I would have never seen coming at me. I wouldn't have expected the story to go the direction it did. I was on the edge of my seat and afraid to finish because I really didn't know how it would end. I was terrified that they would all fall apart. I was terrified that someone would be left out. I was terrified that it wouldn't work and they would all be broken in the end, with no way to mend their hearts and souls.

And I had every right to be terrified because I really didn't know what would happen.

"Your lies taste delicious."


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Review: Misadventures of a City Girl

Misadventures of a City Girl Misadventures of a City Girl by Meredith Wild
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Don't let my 3-star rating fool you. This book is fun, light, sexy, and enjoyable.
I guess I just expected more...drama. Tension. Fight. Something.

Characters: 4 stars
Sex: 5 stars
Story: 2 stars
Average: 3.67

But, again, this book is still fun and flirty. I laughed out loud on numerous occasions and couldn't get enough of Luke and Mad. That's probably why I finished it in a matter of hours and only stopped to sleep--and I was reluctant to do that.

Add in the fact that this book was promo'd using the beautiful Brock O'Hurn and I couldn't stop the gorgeous images drifting through my mind. That kind of imagery is hard to ignore.

Madison is recently divorced and wants a break from the hustle and bustle of the city that has consumed her. The city that has plastered her ex-husband everywhere. She finds Avalon and immediately books a month long stay at the spa/springs/resort in the mountains.

Luke is ex-Navy. His self-imposed exile is one of necessity. He couldn't take the city life after his final tour and relished the quiet of the mountain. He enjoys working the land, the silence, and the routine.

That is, until Madison shows up on his property and throws his entire world for a loop. To say that Luke twists Madison up as well is an understatement. These two are drawn to each other immediately.

It's hot. The sex is hot. There is no question that the sex is the focal point here. And for good reason. Luke and Madison are young, hot, and DTF.

Pros of this book:
Brock O'Hurn is Luke. Or Luke is Brock O'Hurn. Doesn't matter because he's gorgeous either way you cut it.
The sex. Yes, oh yes! The sex is oh so good. You might want a little fan for your...um..face. Yes. That's it.
The banter. I loved the banter between Luke and Madison. They gave each other shit and didn't hold back. No coddling here. Just the way I like it.
Indigo. The Avalon owners. The "extras" that weren't assholes. Those are good people. Lou is good people. And he's great at the advice giving.

Cons of this book:
I felt like there were too many unanswered scenarios. Or scenarios that weren't played to their fullest. Like the guy with the camera? Where's the drama there? Jeremy? Susan? I think those things could have been more and this story would have done more than scratch an itch. It would have made me FEEL.
Nope. That's it. That's the only con. Or downside.

So, like I said, it may not really be a downside. I think it all depends on what you're searching for--at that time--in a book. Me, I guess I was in the mood for more story and less sex. Or at least more story. Not sure if I ever want less sex. If you want a light, fluffy read, then this is for you.


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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Review: Thick as Thieves

Thick as Thieves Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There is nothing better than revisiting an old friend. And that's exactly what this felt like.

Gen may not be our leading character this time around, but you can feel his influence in every move the Attolian makes. You can feel it in the outside forces that intervene. You can feel it in the writing.

Megan Whalen Turner has this amazing ability to transport me to that exact moment. The moment in which Kamet is told he needs to leave, that moment when he meets the Attolian for the first time, that moment when Kamet is captured, the moment Kamet is freed, the moment he realizes there is more to the Attolian than what he first thought.

I felt like I was there. I was walking the road, traveling through the rocks, feeling the chains around my ankles, tasting the caggi, searching for freedom, running from the past, holding on to something not worth holding on to.

I was there.

The Attolian's true identity is kept from us for the majority of the book. This is another true MWT element. The element of secrecy, the element of the big reveal, the element of surprise. She writes it all so perfectly and so beautifully that you aren't only surprised when you realize who the Attolian is,but you feel like you should have seen the signs.

But you don't.

Gen. Oh, Eugenides. How I've missed him since reading The Conspiracy of Kings. I've missed his cunning ways, his devotion, his mystery. I've missed him. I almost forgot just how much I love Gen, but when I see the perfection of this book, I remember very quickly.

Because Gen is still powerful and he is still King of Attolia, Thief of Eddis.

Told with the same suspense, mystery, and foreshadowing as her previous novels, MWT nails it with Thick as Thieves. This book will keep you waiting for more, while feeling as if this chapter is closed.

Kamet has told his story thus far. What does the future hold for our Attolia, Eddis, and Sounis?

*I listened to the audio for this and Steve West is beyond phenomenal. Just freaking fantastic.

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Review: Coming Up Roses

Coming Up Roses Coming Up Roses by L.K. Farlow
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There are some books that remind me that I have been a southerner my entire life. Born and raised in the South, I can't help but love these books that use the very sayings that I grew up hearing.

"Believe you me" had to be the one thing said in this book that I just couldn't get enough of. Seem silly? Probably. But when you haven't heard that little phrase in years, it feels a bit nostalgic. It's something my grandmother always said. "Believe you me."

Probably sounds silly if you aren't from the South. But OMG! Let's just say that I found Coming Up Roses to be a soft, southern piece of fresh air. Light romance, heavy hearts, big love. It's all here.

LK Farlow shocked me with her ability to capture the south so perfectly. The ridiculous heat, the sayings, the small town life. It's all here.

Cash Carson. Man, I don't know what it is about this name, but I freaking love it. Cash. Yep, I sense a small tribute to the master, Johnny right here. And if it's not, that's a nod well wasted. Then again, Johnny Cash. Johnny Carson. I'm liking the combo here. But I digress. I'm all over the place in this review. Probably because I just loved hearing and reading Cash Carson throughout the entire book.

Then there's Myla Rose. I can't even think it without my accent coming out. Myla Rose hasn't had the best of luck with men. Or man, I should say. Long time crush, Taylor, is the guy she should have never given the time of day, but did anyway.

And he's left her knocked up and alone because he thinks he's better than her.

Idiot.

Him, not her.

Enter Cash Carson.

His ex is a real treat as well. Sarcasm, in case you missed it. But his ex really did a number on him and he's trying to recover.

Watch these two grow together as they explore their feelings for each other. It's a sweet story of two people afraid to dive back in to the dating pool, but who dive anyway.

Coming Up Roses will leave you with a smile.

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Review: Hostile Workplace

Hostile Workplace Hostile Workplace by A.M. Madden
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I LOVE Sam Stanton. I didn't know if I would when I started it, but he really grew on me. He's determined, driven, and lost.

Doesn't make much sense, but it's true. He's in a relationship with a woman who is NOT the woman he wants. Because that woman broke his heart years ago.

He puts all of his time into his job. He's a hardass and not easy to please.

His fiance is so atrocious I don't even remember her name. Honestly, if you've ever wanted a bad female character--and not badly written, but just a real beeyotch--this is it. This chick takes manipulative to a whole new level. You're gonna hate her when it's all over, if not sooner.

But then there's Judy, who is pretty cool. I like her. You will too. Promise.

And Lydia. Oh, the one who got away. The one who broke his heart. The reason he's distant. The reason he's horrible to work for.

She's back and she's determined to put her past firmly behind her.

*I listened to this and the narrators were great. La Petit Mort gets my vote every time.

"This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Review: Paper Dolls

Paper Dolls Paper Dolls by Courtney Houston
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm impressed. I'm not entirely sure what I thought I was getting, but I didn't expect this. It has a bit of a paranormal twist, but I loved every bit of it. I wasn't sure how it would all come together, but it did.

Courtney Houston wove a story of two lost souls and the troubles they have faced.

Ian isn't your typical guy, but man do I love him. He is sweet and kind and loving. And he always finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Mari is the town outcast. Living in a less than desirable situation, but she is trying to make the best of it. She couldn't have predicted any of the events following Ian's arrival.

Ian could though. He just couldn't stop it or change it or alter its course.

And he tried.

Oh, how he tried.

With things working against them, can these two find love? Can they be what the other needs to survive this life they've found themselves in?

Pick up Paper Dolls to day and find me in Rome.

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