Review: The Proposition by AM Salinger

» 10 July, 2018 » 2-star reviews, ARC Reviews, Authors, Reviews » 0 comments

Review: The Proposition by AM Salinger

Review This was a book I picked up based solely on the blurb. One, I love a good friends-to-lovers story, and this promised me one. Two, I enjoy reading m/m. I don’t read a lot of it and I’m picky but then again, the blurb really got me excited. Wade and Rhys are best friends and business partners. Rhys however has been in love with Wade for a long time. The problem he doesn’t know about his feelings nor does he know that Rhys is gay. This was a great set up that got me really excited. Unfortunately, the execution was disappointing. Look, I don’t mind lots of sex in my book but not at the expense of the story. The Proposition had plenty of sexy times, too much in fact that the characters barely interacted with each other outside of the bedroom. There were no character developments or meaningful […]

Review: Hot Asset by Lauren Layne

» 8 July, 2018 » ARC Reviews, Authors, Reviews » 0 comments

Review: Hot Asset by Lauren Layne

There are certain things readers expect when reading a Lauren Layne book: a sweet romance between two beautiful, buff hero and heroine set in a New York that’s entirely too clean and too white. I used to devour Lauren Layne’s books. I think she writes smart heroines and dashing heroes, and her stories makes you feel good. But these past few releases have been ho-hum to say the least. It’s set in the same world as before with the same characters just with different names, almost identical jobs. I usually don’t mind it but then the story started to sound the same. Heck, I can’t even remember the names of the hero and heroine in this book without checking the book description. Ian and Lara, by the way but they could have been Jane and Joe from two books prior but I really can’t remember anymore. It’s all a blur. […]

Review: Scoring the Player’s Baby by Naima Simone

» 7 July, 2018 » 3.5 stars, ARC Reviews, Authors, Reviews » 0 comments

Review: Scoring the Player’s Baby by Naima Simone

Review One of the things that I really like about Naima Simone’s books are her characters. She writes hot-as-sin heroes and gorgeous, accomplished heroines. Scoring the Player’s Baby is no different. It’s a fun, sexy read with a lot of heart. “I’ll give you whatever you ask for. Use me in any way you need to erase those shadows in your eyes.” Ronin Palamo is living a life most men could only dream of. He’s playing for a championship caliber team and he doesn’t lack female companionship. He has it all. But it doesn’t take long for readers to notice that Ronin is hiding a deep wound. One that makes him wary of love and relationship. He doesn’t want it or need it. Or so he thought. His resolve was tested when he meets Kim Matloc. Like Ronin, Kim is hiding wounds of her own. She was cheated on by […]

June Wrap Up

» 1 July, 2018 » Monthly Wrap Up » 0 comments

June Wrap Up

What an awesome month June turned out to be for me. I managed to finally shake off the lingering book slump I’ve been feeling for the past year or so, and this month is evidence of that. I had some misses and a DNF but overall, June was a great month. Check out my reviews below and see if there’s anything in particular that you liked to add on your TBR. Also, if you’ve read some of these books, comment whether you liked/loved them or not below!

Review: It Takes Two by Jenny Holiday

» 29 June, 2018 » ARC Reviews, Authors, Reviews » 0 comments

Review: It Takes Two by Jenny Holiday

Jenny Holiday is a new to me author that I started reading a couple of months ago. Her new series, Bridesmaids Behaving Badly centers around a group of friends who are bridesmaids in each other’s weddings. I really liked the first book in the series, One and Only, and of the standout characters I enjoyed in the book was Jane’s best friend, Wendy and her unrequited feelings for Jane’s older brother Noah. It Takes Two is their story. And let me tell you: I swooned and cried and smiled all the way because this book was fabulous. “Was this what being in love was like—being in a musical?” It Takes Two has everything I want in my romance: Firstly, it features a stubborn, prickly heroine who is hiding a soft gooey center. Wendy has abandonment issues and a slew of other issues that made me want to give her a […]

Review: Iron and Magic (Iron Covenant) by Ilona Andrews

» 22 June, 2018 » 4.5 Stars, Authors, Favorites, Reviews » 0 comments

Review: Iron and Magic (Iron Covenant) by Ilona Andrews

Review Ilona Andrews are one of those authors that can’t seem to do no wrong, and they proved that once again with Iron and Magic. Filled with interesting characters, pulse pounding action, and vivid world-building, Iron and Magic will leave you breathless with excitement. Fast-paced and well plotted with some of the best battle sequences I’ve read in my whole life, Iron and Magic exceeded all my expectations, and then some! “There is a tried-and-true method of making an alliance appear secure,’’ Lamar said carefully. Hugh glanced at him. “A union,” Lamar said, as if worried the word would cut his mouth. ‘’What union?” ‘’A civil union, Preceptor.’’ ‘’What the hell are you on about?’’ Lamar took a deep breath. ‘’Marriage!’’ Bale yelled out. Hugh stared at Lamar. ‘’Marriage?’’ ‘’Yes.’’ They had to be out of their minds. ‘’Who would be getting married?’’ ‘’You.’’ Iron and Magic opens a few […]

Review: Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean

» 20 June, 2018 » 4 stars, ARC Reviews, Authors, Reviews » 0 comments

Review: Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean

My Review Sarah MacLean’s new Bareknucle Bastards series is off to a strong start with Wicked and the Wallflower. It’s a passionate and intriguing tale of three brothers who’re bound by the secrets of their pasts. “You don’t need lessons in fire. You are an inferno.” Wicked and the Wallflower is about the first brother, Devon, known as Devil to everyone—friends and enemies alike. Devil immediately captures the attention. At the start of the book, his only goal was to uphold a promise from his past but it’s how he goes about achieving those goals that put him immediately in the anti-hero category for me. In spite of that, Sarah MacLean was convincing in her campaign to show her readers that Devil deserves the heroine and a HEA. One of the reasons for this is the heroine Felicity Faircloth. Felicity Faircloth was perfection—the first taste of it Devil had ever […]

Review: Rainy Day Friends by Jill Shalvis

» 18 June, 2018 » 5-stars, Reviews » 0 comments

Review: Rainy Day Friends by Jill Shalvis

Jill Shalvis new Wildstone series have been all winners for me starting with Lost and Found Sisters, followed by Good Luck Sister and now Rainy Day Friends. “I’ve learned that life is a crapshoot, and at any moment someone can walk into it and change it forever.” I loved this book. I loved it more than I expected I would. That sounds like a backhanded compliment but let me explain. This book was marketed as Women’s Fiction, a genre that I read but not exactly my go-to genre. There’s always a risk of WF to fall short on the romance aspect. Not so with this book. Yes, this book is definitely about Lanie dealing about the death of her husband and the fallout of his infidelities. But what really gave this book its emotional weight was the romance between Lanie and Mark Capriotti. Their romance made me swoon! It was […]

Review: Envy by Dylan Allen

» 15 June, 2018 » DNF Reviews, Reviews » 0 comments

Review: Envy by Dylan Allen

I’ve seen this book all over my feed and since I’m a sucker for friends-to-lovers/second chance romance, I decided to pick this up. It became apparent early on that this might be a dud. For one, there were so many things happening to the characters. This is a very plot driven book. So much so that all the characters did was to react to every single thing that’s happened to them. It would’ve probably worked more if the things that happened made sense but sometimes they don’t. That whole “beard” thing came out of nowhere like why? There are some plot points that happened in this book that I didn’t particularly care for but I have no problem with. Unfortunately, it wasn’t done well here. The characters also fell flat to me. I mean, Graham and Apollo both possess a cadre of standard NA character tropes: – dead parents -neglectful parents -sick […]

Review: Ocean Light (Psy-Changeling Trinity #2) by Nalini Singh

» 12 June, 2018 » ARC Reviews, Reviews » 0 comments

Review: Ocean Light (Psy-Changeling Trinity #2) by Nalini Singh

Tautly plotted with dynamic characters and contains of the highest stakes—both romantic and plot-wise—in the series, Ocean Light will engage not just your mind but your heart as well. “Love can alter the fabric of the universe.” This book picks up not far from where the last book ended. Bowen Knight survived his assassination attempt but the chip in his brain is still degenerating and with time running out, his sister agrees to a deal with the Blacksea changeling clan to take Bo deep underwater to undergo an experiment that could save his life or end it. I am so happy that this Nalini continued to build on this universe. We’ve only heard about the BlackSea changelings in previous books but in Ocean Light, they finally take the center stage. And what a fascinating world it is. Ms. Singh’s clever world building continues to fascinate and entranced. The BlackSea changelings […]