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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Read Rebel Hard by Nalini Singh

» 18 September, 2018 » 5-stars, ARC Reviews, Reviews » 0 comments

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Read Rebel Hard by Nalini Singh

There isn’t a sub-genre in romance that Nalini Singh can’t do. This isn’t a surprise for us readers who have been following her writing career for a while now. That said, I was blown away by just how good she is the moment I started reading Rebel Hard. It is, hands down, my favorite Nalini Singh contemporary to date! So if you haven’t read Nalini Singh before or if you’ve only known her PNR and UF titles, I’ve compiled the top 5 reasons why you should give her books, and this book in particular, a try. Forget about internet dating. All this traditional meet and greet and reject stuff was brutal. 1. The romance. The romance between Raj Sen and Nayna Sharma will make you swoon and will put a dopey smile on your face. Seriously. This book is one of those books that makes go, “This is why I […]

The Duke With the Dragon Tattoo

» 14 September, 2018 » 2.5-star reviews, ARC Reviews, Reviews » 0 comments

The Duke With the Dragon Tattoo

It’s one of those, “It’s not you, it’s me” book moment that I dread so much. This is my first Kerrigan Byrne book, and in hindsight, maybe I should’ve started The Highwayman first before reading this book but my issues with this book goes beyond not reading the first ones in the series. The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo started off with the younger versions of our main characters. Lorelei is 14 when they found a dying boy of indeterminate age on the side of the road. He can’t remember what happened to him nor can he remember his name. Lorelei named him Ash. And as he nursed him back to health, a friendship and then something else formed between them. But Lorelei’s cruel brother had plans for Ash, which he executed callously, and Lorelei is left devastated once again thinking Ash left her and went back to his old […]

Review: Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating

» 4 September, 2018 » 4 stars, ARC Reviews, Reviews » 0 comments

Review: Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating

Christina Lauren delivered another feel-good love story that will leave you warm your hearts. This time, it’s between a free-spirited, no filter Hazel and a stoic, no-nonsense Josh. Josh and Hazel met each other in college. And Josh witnessed firsthand some of Hazel’s penchant for outlandish behavior. Hazel’s crush on Josh remains unrequited. They reconnected again through Emma, who happens to be Hazel’s best friend and co-worker. This time, they’re older but one thing remains true, at least for Hazel, Josh Im is still her unattainable ideal, and as much as she’d love Josh to see as more than a friend, Hazel is content. She also wants Josh happy. So when Josh’s long term relationship ended, Hazel volunteered to guide Josh back into the dating world. It become very clearly quite immediately that Hazel would steal everyone’s heart in this book. She’s zany and without any filter whatsoever, and I […]

Review: Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews

» 26 August, 2018 » 5-stars, ARC Reviews, Reviews » 0 comments

Review: Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews

Goodbyes are hard, and it’s even harder when you’re saying goodbye to a series that you’ve lived and breathed for the last year or so. I never expected how much this series would come to mean to me when I started reading Magic Bites last year. After 9 books, several novellas and one spin-off later, we finally get the final book in Ilona Andrews’ wildly successful Kate Daniels series, and they delivered! “You and me, Kate. We’re forever.” Magic Triumphs delivered an ending I will not soon forget. Ilona Andrews had painstakingly laid the foundations of this finale over the course of 10 books and several novellas.Everything that happened in this book was foreshadowed in previous books and delivered in a way that only Ilona Andrews can. I finished this book satisfied and yet oddly, craving for more. Kate has come a long way from a prickly mercenary who had […]

Review: All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

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

Review: All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

Review It’s been a while since I’ve truly sat down and read a Colleen Hoover book until I came across the blurb for this book. One. It has a marriage-in-peril trope that I love in my books. Two, the blurb along with the first chapter the author shared on social media truly captured my interest. Three. The meet-cute was quite unique. The whole book itself, however, was disappointing. Quinn and Graham are two married couple whose marriage is on the brink of collapse. There were many things that contributed to this collapse, which readers will slowly learn but the main contributor to their marriage’s demise was Quinn’s infertility. This was handled well by Hoover. As the book is told by Quinn, we get to experience her pain and bitterness first hand. And a lot of the scenarios that she mentioned rang very true. We immediately understand that this is a […]

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 […]