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 […]

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 […]

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: Magic Slays (Kate Daniels #5) by Ilona Andrews

» 21 July, 2018 » 5-stars, Authors, Favorites, Reviews » 0 comments

Review: Magic Slays (Kate Daniels #5) by Ilona Andrews

Review Ilona Andrews continue to impress with the fifth installment of the Kate Daniels series! Magic Slays not only upped the ante in terms of the action and the mystery but it also added a whole lot of emotional stakes. “I love you too, Kate. If you ever became hurt, I would not leave you. I’ll be there. Wherever you want‘there’ to be.”  I know you guys are tire of me saying this but this was another fantastic installment of the Kate Daniels series. There’s always a danger of a series getting stale right after the main couple of hooks up. Kate and Curran are a couple now. They’re together, and Ilona Andrews could’ve rested in their laurels but that didn’t happen. They’ve taken this series and added more meat into it. In this book, another layer of Kate’s character is exposed, right along Curran’s. Kate once again proved why […]

Review: Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels #4) by Ilona Andrews

» 14 July, 2018 » 5-stars, Authors, Favorites, Reviews » 0 comments

Review: Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels #4) by Ilona Andrews

Review “I can’t give you the white picket fence, and if I did, you’d set it on fire.” What can I say? Another amazing installment in the Kate Daniels series!!! Kate Daniels, mercenary and psuedo Knight of the order gets to meet a long lost family member. It should’ve been a happy family reunion but this is Kate Daniels we’re talking about and to say that her family is just dysfunctional is an UNDERSTATEMENT! The stakes just keeps getting higher and Kate is confronting bigger and more powerful beings. Man, the action in this book is top notch. There are so many moments where I don’t even know if Kate and Curran would come out of it alive. “Don’t die on me, you stupid sonovabitch. You goddamn fucking idiot. I told you to stay out of the damn fight! Why the hell don’t you ever listen? I fucking hate you. […]

Review: Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels #3) by Ilona Andrews

» 12 July, 2018 » 5-stars, Authors, Favorites, Reviews » 0 comments

Review: Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels #3) by Ilona Andrews

“I was conceived, born, raised and trained with one purpose in mind: to become the best killer I could be. It’s what I do.” There are two things that I was curious about coming into this series. One, I wanted to know why Kate Daniels is so universally beloved by readers. Two, I wanted to know why the Curran-and-Kate pairing was deemed the OTP by so many who loved the series. It becomes readily apparent why Kate and Curran are so loved by so many as the series progress. By the third book, I’m now a certified Kate Daniels evangelist. Yes! I love Kate’s character. She is one of my favorite heroines ever, if not my ultimate favorite. You just can’t help but love her character! If you look up “badass” in the dictionary, her picture would be in there. She’s brave, resourceful, and so hilarious. She’s also very relatable. […]

Review: Magic Burns (Kate Daniels #2) by Ilona Andrews

» 11 July, 2018 » 4.5 Stars, Authors, Favorites, Reviews » 0 comments

Review: Magic Burns (Kate Daniels #2) by Ilona Andrews

When I started reading this series October of last year, I had no idea the impact it would bring to my reading life. Sounds a bit melodramatic, no? But I’m not the type of reader who binge on a series. I just don’t have the disposition for it. I get so bored easily that bingeing on a long series is nearly impossible. Or so I thought until this series. And if there was a moment in the book where everything clicked for me, it would be this hilarious exchange between Curran and Kate: “Not only will you sleep with me, but you will say ‘please.’” I stared at him, shocked. The smile widened. “You will say ‘please’ before and ‘thank you’ after.” Nervous laughter bubbled up. “You’ve gone insane. All that peroxide in your hair finally did your brain in, Goldilocks.” The romance between these two won’t be realized until […]

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. […]