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. […]

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 […]

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: Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas

» 6 June, 2018 » 4 stars, Authors, Reviews » 0 comments

Review: Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas

This is going to be a short review. Full disclosure, I was given this copy by the author knowing full well this trope isn’t my favorite at all but she did still and asked me to look over some things. Anyway, this book got the forbidden part right. To me, when the book says it’s a forbidden romance, I always look for characters who struggle or fight against the attraction or the feelings because of how wrong it is. Oftentimes, forbidden just means titillation. That’s not how this book is. Birthday Girl has emotional stakes and character development. And that is all I ever wanted. Another stand out for me is Pike. Penelope Douglas is usually known for writing assholish, dickish heroes and Pike is none of that. He’s actually…dare I say it, sweet and considerate. Most of all, he’s not a boy. He’s a man. He already has stability […]

Review: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

» 5 June, 2018 » 5-stars, Authors, Favorites, Reviews » 0 comments

Review: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

“I like you better than calculus, and math is the only thing that unites the universe.” Oh my gosh, this book! I’ve seen my friends gush about Helen Hoang’s debut for a month or so, and being a contrarian that I am, I tried to temper my expectations. I’ve been here before. Everyone I know loved a book and I’m like, ‘meh’. But that’s not the case here. The Kiss Quotient not only met my expectations, IT EXCEEDED IT! I finished this book with a huge grin on my face (always a good sign) and full heart. These characters that Hoang brought to life in the pages of her book made me laugh, cry, and fall in love with them. “You’re very good at the talking part.” “I’ve had sex. There isn’t a talking part.” A spark danced in his eyes. “There’s definitely a talking part.” Stella Lane is magnificent […]