Review: Devil’s Daughter by Lisa Kleypas

» 5 March, 2019 » 4.5 Stars, Authors, Favorites, Reviews » 0 comments

Review: Devil’s Daughter by Lisa Kleypas

Lisa Kleypas is a master storyteller. She has this uncanny ability of making the most mundane situation, like talking about livestock & accounting, and turning it into the swooniest and most romantic thing ever. And she proved that again and again in Devil’s Daughter. West was a bit of an enigma in the previous Ravenel novels. To Phoebe, he was the boy who bullied her believed Phillip in school. To society, West is a libertine and a drunkard. But to his family, he’s the loyal and loving brother to everyone. Like Phoebe, I slowly and irrevocably fell in love with West’s humor and his steady presence. He exuded strength and understanding like if something goes wrong, you’d never have to worry because he’d be there to solve everything. West is exactly what Phoebe needed. After mourning the death of her husband, Phoebe is faced with the task of handling the […]

Review: The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross

» 20 February, 2019 » 4 stars, Authors, Reviews » 0 comments

Review: The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross

This was a rather unique take on an old classic. Beauty and the Beast told from the Beast’s perspective. Leife Shallcross was a new to me author and I find her voice unique and compelling. We all know the story. The Beast was cursed into a lonely and broken existence until Beauty came along and suddenly he has hope of breaking the curse. It’s a familiar well treated story which means there’s really not a lot of surprises here. But that’s okay. There were other things that I found enjoyable in this book. For one, I liked that the author spent time developing the romance between Isabeau and the Beast. The time they spent interacting were the highlight for me. I believed they really fell in love and it wasn’t just Stockholm Syndrome. I did enjoy how this was told from the Beast’s point of view. It was definitely interesting. […]

Review: The Risk by Elle Kennedy

» 8 February, 2019 » 4.5 Stars, ARC Reviews, Authors, Reviews » 0 comments

Review: The Risk by Elle Kennedy

Content & Trigger warning: [miscarriage, drug use (hide spoiler)] The Risk proves that no matter how many times a trope has been done to death, at the hands of a skilled writer, it will still feel fresh and new every single time. This book is Elle Kennedy in her element. The Risk is Brenna and Jake’s book. It’s part forbidden love and part fake dating trope. Jake Connelly is the captain of the rival hockey team while Brenna is the coach’s daughter of Briar U hockey. The moment these two met in The Chase, there’s no doubt in our minds that they’ll get together. The only question is when & how? Well, Elle Kennedy gave us the when & how in this book and I really enjoyed the heck out of it. Jake and Brenna’s chemistry is sizzling hot. These two set the pages on fire. And what I liked […]

Review: Boys of Brayshaw High by Meagan Brandy

» 4 February, 2019 » 1-star reviews, Authors, Reviews » 0 comments

Review: Boys of Brayshaw High by Meagan Brandy

So this book had been all over Facebook these past few days with gushing reviews all over. And I just couldn’t ignore it after I’ve seen it being compared to the Royals series by Erin Watt, which I loved and Fallen Crest series by Tijan. And those comparisons are warranted. Unfortunately, while PP and FC were executed well (in my opinion), this book wasn’t. I had huge issues with it. So where do I even start? First off, this book made me laugh. Not in a good way though. Like there are parts in this book where it’s supposed to be serious and I’m supposed to care about whatever drama our protagonist is going but through but instead, I get the giggles. Why? Because it’s so RIDICULOUS! I think the problem was this book took itself way too seriously. Nothing is more ridiculous or funnier than a book that takes […]

Review: Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik

» 30 January, 2019 » 3.5 stars, Authors, Reviews » 0 comments

Review: Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik

So this was a bit of a mixed bag for me. There are plenty of things to like in this book but there are some things that I just wasn’t feeling at all. Despite my mixed feelings, I’m excited for the second book and see what else can this author do. The book starts off with Ada getting captured by mercenaries after being on a run for several years to avoid a political marriage to her family’s rival arranged by her father. She was locked in cell with Marcus Loch, the galaxy’s most notorious criminal. Ada had no plans of returning to her father and she knows just who to talk into helping her escape. There are a lot of aspects that I really like in this book, Ada Von Hasenberg being number one on that list. She might be a pawn in her father’s political plans but damn if […]

Review: Not the Duke’s Darling by Elizabeth Hoyt

» 20 December, 2018 » 4 stars, Authors, Reviews » 0 comments

Review: Not the Duke’s Darling by Elizabeth Hoyt

Not the Duke’s Darling is the first book in Elizabeth Hoyt’s new Greycourt series. THE GREYCOURT SERIES is a historical romance series about two families that are torn apart by a scandal that forever changes the course of their lives and legacies. Not the Duke’s Darling follows Freya de Moray and her quest for revenge against the man she thought ruined her family, the Duke of Harlowe. Disguised as a companion for an aristocratic family, Freya works as a spy for an organization called the Wise Women. Freya is complicated with a giant chip on her shoulder. She’s also prickly and stubborn to a fault, which made her hard to like at first. But her motivation was understandable and easy to follow. You know exactly why she is the way she is. But her plan was no match for the attraction she felt for the Duke of Harlowe himself. Some readers […]

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 […]