My Least Favorite Sarah MacLean Book (and I feel bad for saying it!)

» 11 December, 2018 » 2.5-star reviews, Authors, Reviews » 0 comments

My Least Favorite Sarah MacLean Book (and I feel bad for saying it!)

I feel like a traitor for rating a Sarah MacLean less than 3 stars and yet, here we are. Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart has a great premise and a trope that I’ve always loved, but the characters annoyed me way too much to appreciate their story. I liked the opposites attract thing Julianna and Simon had going. And I probably would’ve enjoyed it more if I didn’t dislike the two main characters so much. The push-and-pull, hot-and-cold nature of their relationship grated. It was cute at first. A chance meeting with the daring and carefree Julianna upended Simon’s orderly world. The attraction was instant and mutual. And then he realized she was the illegitimate daughter of a disgraced Countess, and suddenly, she’s off limits and not good enough for the Duke. Julianna for her part fell for the Duke of Disdain, despite warnings from her […]

Review: A Duke Changes Everything by Christy Carlyle

» 26 November, 2018 » 4 stars, ARC Reviews, Authors, Reviews » 0 comments

Review: A Duke Changes Everything by Christy Carlyle

“You clearly haven’t read many fairy tales, Your Grace. There’s plenty of tragedy, and sometimes the creature is actually an enchanted prince.” This book was a delight! The moment I read the synopsis for this book, I just could not resist. Nick is the kind of grumpy, broody hero I adore in my historical romance. He has a terrible and tragic childhood. So when his past came knocking, it made sense that he wanted nothing to do with it. Mina is the one who challenges that notion. She’s tied to something from Nick’s past that he wants nothing to do with. But the thing that hurts him is the very thing that’s keeping Mina afloat, which leads her to fight for it. It’s great conflict without devolving into an angst fest, and I felt that Christy Carlyle did a great job in resolving it. The romance between Nick and Mina […]

Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews is a MUST-READ!

» 20 November, 2018 » Reviews » 0 comments

Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews is a MUST-READ!

If you have been following me for a while, then you know about my obsession with Ilona Andrews, the husband-and-wife team that gave us Kate Daniels, The Edge series, and of course, Hidden Legacy. In this novella, Ilona Andrews gives a glimpse into the future of House Baylor. The last time we saw House Baylor, they have just successfully completed their trials. Diamond Fire, bridges the events of Wildfire to the new spin off series. And let me tell you that the new series is going to be fantastic. In this book, we finally get to be in Catalina’s head as she tries to recover a stolen crown belonging to Rogan’s mom. And I’m already in love with her! I’ve always loved her character in Hidden Legacy so being able to see the world in her point of view was a treat. One of the best things about the original […]

Review: Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews

» 27 October, 2018 » 4.5 Stars, Authors, Reviews » 0 comments

Review: Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews

Of course Ilona Andrews would cure my book slump. Clean Sweep is the first book of the Innkeeper Chronicles and I am hooked. I never fancied myself as a sci-fi reader until now. This was such a fun and interesting read. I would describe this book as a cross between Star Trek, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Firefly! But what really sold this book for me were the characters. The best thing about the Andrews’ characters are their humanity. It doesn’t matter if they’re an alien from another galaxy or a criminal with a bounty on her head, all of them have something that draw readers to them. Plus, they’re just so much fun to read. So fun that you forget these characters are not all pleasant people and could main you without breaking a sweat. I can’t say enough about Ilona Andews and their work. I love them and […]

Unpopular Opinion Alert: A Review of Fight or Flight by Samantha Young!

» 18 October, 2018 » 2.5-star reviews, ARC Reviews, Reviews » 0 comments

Unpopular Opinion Alert: A Review of Fight or Flight by Samantha Young!

I finished this book a while ago but I had sat on my rating and review for days because I am honestly conflicted. On the one hand, Fight or Flight was compulsively readable. It was well paced and well plotted with great dialogue, and the chemistry between Caleb and Ava was undeniable. That said, I thoroughly disliked the hero, Caleb Scott. I don’t care if he’s the hottest thing in the universe but his motivations did not wash. It was a measly excuse for his behavior, and considering he did not grovel did not endear him to me at all. Listen, I’m all for an asshole hero. But Caleb wasn’t just an asshole. He was cruel and mean most of the time. And the reason for his behavior was utterly ridiculous. I can get behind an asshole hero if I can understand his motivation. To be fair, we were given […]

Guest Post: Outlaw Monster Hunter Survival Tips by Gail Z. Martin

» 17 October, 2018 » Blog Tour, Reviews » 2 comments

Guest Post: Outlaw Monster Hunter Survival Tips by Gail Z. Martin

  Brothers. Outlaws. Saviours. Rigan and Corran Valmonde are not heroes. They are undertakers, lawbreakers, and monster hunters. Without them, the town of Ravenwood is finished. But the more successful Rigan and Corran become at destroying the creatures, the more a greater evil is revealed – one larger and more monstrous than they ever could imagine…       We don’t do this very often, but today is a special day because we have Gail Z. Martin with us to give us some Outlaw Monster Survival Tips. Read up and enjoy! Outlaw Monster Hunter Survival Tips By Gail Z. Martin In my Darkhurst series, three undertaker brothers fight the monsters that killed their family and friends, only to discover that there’s a bigger conspiracy and they are in way over their heads. It’s medieval monster hunters, or as I’ve told many readers, think ‘Supernatural meets Game of Thrones.’ The Valmonde brothers […]

A fantasy romance by Grave Draven delivers! My review of Phoenix Unbound!

» 15 October, 2018 » 4 stars, Reviews » 0 comments

A fantasy romance by Grave Draven delivers! My review of Phoenix Unbound!

This was my first Grace Draven & I’m kicking myself for not reading her sooner because this one was really good. It’s a little bit darker than some of the fantasy romance I’ve read mainly because this book was set in a bleak, miserable world where oppression is the norm. Gilene has the gift of fire and illusion while Azarion was a gladiator longing for his freedom. Her abilities were his way out of slavery. But it comes at a high cost especially for Gilene who is bound to be the savior of her people. It’s a burden she carries with equal courage and resentment. As a reader, I understood her feelings toward her people and the things she has to endure to keep them safe. Poor Gilene. Everyone around her sees her as nothing but a prize because of her ability including Azarion. But the more they spent together, […]

3 Reasons Why Consumed by JR Ward Did Not Work for Me

» 11 October, 2018 » 2-star reviews, ARC Reviews, Reviews » 0 comments

3 Reasons Why Consumed by JR Ward Did Not Work for Me

This book has a lot of the elements I usually go gaga for. It has a competent but prickly & stubborn heroine, a compelling but flawed hero, and a cast of interesting secondary characters. Unfortunately, it failed to capture my attention. I wish I had DNF’d it. But this was a JR Ward book! I kept reading, hoping that it will turn around but it didn’t happen. And so here we are. So why did I struggle with this? I can give you three reasons why. The slow-moving plot. And when I say slow, I meant SLOOOOWW. The romance element, I’ll go into much depth in number 2, I’m talking here the overall plot. If you guys don’t know yet, there are two prequel novellas that were released for free prior this book. It’s not much but it pretty much sets up the events in this book and it gives […]

Review: Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep

» 5 October, 2018 » 4.5 Stars, Reviews » 0 comments

Review: Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep

“The day of the royal massacre started out like any other. With me doing something completely utterly useless.” All it took was that line and I was instantly hooked. Kill the Queen is a fast paced, exhilarating new fantasy series from Jennifer Estep. Filled with magic and intrigue, Kill the Queen will leave you breathless with excitement as you follow Evie’s journey from a meek orphan girl to a force to be reckoned with. Part Gladiator, part Game of Thrones, Kill the Queen is about Evie’s journey. In a world where magical abilities determines a person’s worth, Everleigh is at the bottom rung of the ladder in Bellona. No one thinks she will amount to anything. Everleigh of course is hiding a magical ability that could change the power structure in the palace. When Evie’s murderous cousin violently took the throne, Evie was forced to fight for her survival. She […]

Top 3 Reasons Why You Should Read How She Likes It by Carla de Guzman!

» 1 October, 2018 » 4.5 Stars, ARC Reviews, Reviews » 0 comments

Top 3 Reasons Why You Should Read How She Likes It by Carla de Guzman!

How She Likes It by Carla de Guzman was witty, fun, and a delightful read from beginning to end. There are plenty of reasons why you should read this book. But for the sake of brevity, I will give three reasons why you should drop everything you’re doing and go get this book right now. The subversion of the classic boss-assistant office romance trope was so well done. I’ve read a lot of books with a male boss and his female secretary. Isabel Alfonso is a career driven woman. She’s a business woman who owns a cosmetics company, and she’s on the brink of taking over her family’s business. She good at what she does and she makes no apologies for it. But while Isabel does have her career together, she doesn’t think she deserves to be loved or to be happy. Enter Adam Sevilla. Adam is the exact opposite […]