Off Sides (Off #1)-Sawyer Bennett

Blurb

“I’m not sure what possessed me to do it. Maybe it was the impossible expectations I faced, maybe it was my own self-loathing. But I just knew I needed something different to happen. I needed someone… something… to derail me from my current path. Otherwise, I would become lost… a hollowed out shell of a man. So I did it. I approached her, then I pursued her, then I made her mine. And my life was saved…”

Ryan Burnham is the privileged son of a U.S. Congressman and captain of his university’s hockey team. While he is on the verge of fulfilling his dreams to play in the NHL, his parents want him on a different course. One he is expected to accept for the sake of his family’s public image.

Forced her to abandon her music career after the heart breaking death of her parents, Danny Cross exists on the opposite side of the tracks from Ryan. She is struggling to make her own way, working two jobs, attending college part time and volunteering in a homeless shelter. She is on a mission to build her own success.

With a chance meeting, their vastly different worlds collide, causing each to evaluate whether they are truly on the correct path to self-fulfillment and happiness. Can their relationship survive? Particularly when others are against them every step of the way. A lot can happen in just ten short days…

STATS

Page Length: 167
Publication Year: 2013
Genre: Romance, New Adult, College
Characters: Danny and Ryan

This was a freebie book which I found through BookBub, its actually still free on Amazon at the moment which you  can find here.

This was a relatively quick read for me, it’s a typical rich boy meets poor girl. I actually enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Its told from both Danny and Ryan’s perspectives which I liked.

I enjoyed both the characters, I felt connected to what each of them was going through.

Things I particularly liked were:

  • Ryan’s loyalty to Danny, he stood up to his mum when she tried to break them up.
  • Danny’s back story was really good, all the sadness and loss that she has gone through gave her character a lot of emotional depth.
  • Danny’s roommate/mother figure Paula, she always had Danny’s back and it was nice that Danny had someone there for her other than Ryan.
  • Emily, who is Ryan’s little sister. She is only featured briefly but the next book in the series is about her and I’ll probably read that at some point.

Thins that weren’t so good:

  • Major insta-love! These guys were literally swapping I love you’s after a week!
  • The chapters where Danny loses her virginity are a little cringy. 😏
  • Ryan’s Mother, she is such a bitch! Also he’s not existent father which I found strange.

Overall even though this wasn’t the best book I did enjoy it. If you enjoy college romance, then I recommend this book. My Rating 2/5

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Broken God – Nazarea Andrews

Blurb

Power is a strange and broken thing.

He was the sun god, the god of healing and song.
And prophecy.
Apollo has lived alone for centuries, content to spin out the years wandering a new and strange world, lost in the past and endless versions of the future. He has cut all ties with the remains of Olympus and his power, and hidden himself in humanity.
His twin thinks he’s depressed, spending his time in coffee shops, hospital waiting rooms, and concert halls…and nothing matters. Not really.
Until her.
Iris. With her teasing mouth and soulful music and eyes that remind him of the past.
He can’t resist her smile.
A girl as wild as he was, once, with a poet’s tongue and the body of a siren, who for one night makes him forget all the years and everything he gave up.
And he can’t stop fate.
Gods knows he’s tried.
He can’t help taking her.
Even if he knows better.
When Iris wakes up screaming, caught up in visions of the future, Apollo realizes that he didn’t leave his power quite as far behind as he thought.
He’s the god of prophecy and he’s been running from it, for centuries.
Iris is everything he has to avoid.
Now he has a furious Oracle on his hands, his sister trying to fix him, and someone is killing the gods.
It’s not just his tenuous sanity that hangs in the balance this time.
It’s all of Olympus.
Godhood really wasn’t supposed to be this hard.

STATS

Page Length: 162
Publication Year: September 2016
Genre: Fantasy/Romance
Characters: Apollo, Iris, Delphi


Ok….. so that was different! I’ve just finished this and I’m not sure how I feel about this book. It was nothing and mean nothing like how I expected it to be.

Firstly it’s told entirely from Apollo’s point of view. I don’t read that many books that are told just from a male point of view so that was a nice change of pace. From the blurb expected this be a fairly light-hearted read but in fact it was the complete opposite. Most of the time it was fairly depressing. Which didn’t really sit well with me, I much prefer my books to have more of a positive vibe to them.

I have mixed feelings about Apollo part of me feels really sorry for him, he is really lonely and has cut himself off from people to try and prevent a prophecy coming true that states his entire family will die, but then I also feel a like he kinda brought all his problems on himself. I don’t know just didn’t completely like him.

I didn’t particularly enjoy the way this book was written either, it had a dreamy like feel to it. Which to me made it seem dull. I also felt like it was missing something, I can’t quite put my finger on what though. It just seemed a bit empty like there could have been more story.

What I did like was the ending because it did seem Apollo got his happily ever after to a certain degree.

Overall I can’t say that I liked or disliked this book, it left me feeling slightly bewildered, but could be due to my lack of knowlege about the Greek gods….

If you enjoy Greek mythology you’ll probably like this. My rating: 2/5

Cruel Beauty – Rosamund Hodge

Blurb

Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl’s journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she’s ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle—a shifting maze of magical rooms—enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex’s secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love

STATS

Page Length:352
Publication Year: January 2014
Genre: Fantasy/Retelling/Romance
Characters: Nyx, Ignifex


This is my first DNF of this year. I really hate not finishing a book but after 6 chapters I just couldn’t read anymore.

That’s not to say that this isn’t a good book, it has 3 1/2 star rating on GoodReads so I think it just wasn’t my cup of tea.

I had difficulty connecting to the main character. I also couldn’t get on with the writing style. I felt the story was very slow going.

I don’t really have much more to say. I’m not going to give it a rating because I think it would be an unfair one considering I didn’t finish it.

I’d be interested to hear from anyone who has read it and enjoyed, though, so feel free to leave a comment about what you liked about it. ☺

Sweet Addiction – J.Daniels

Blurb

Wedding hookups never amount to anything.

Those who partake in this wicked little activity know the rules. Get in. Get laid. Get out. There’s no expectation of a relationship. It is what it is.

Dylan Sparks knows the rules. She’s familiar with the protocol. And she engages in the best sex of her life with a complete stranger at her ex-boyfriend’s wedding.

Reese Carroll doesn’t care about the rules. He wants more than just one night with Dylan.

And Dylan finds him too addicting to pass up.

Sweet Addiction is the story of one woman’s struggle to keep things casual, and one man’s desire to never let her go.

STATS

Page Length:289
Publication Year: May 2014
Genre: Romance
Characters: Dylan, Reece, Jules and Joey


This book was pretty damn hot! 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

I will say from the outset that if you’re not comfortable reading fairly graphic sex scenes then this is probably not the book for you.

The thing that drew me to this book was that the premise is a bit different. The story starts with Dylan meeting Reese at her ex-boyfriend’s wedding (she’s attending because she has made the wedding cake and her best friend Jules is the wedding planner, also Reese is the friend and work colleague of Jule’s new Boyfriend) they engage in some pretty steamy bathroom sex and then part ways in a rather awkward fashion. Jules informs Dylan that Reese is married.
Dylan is angry that she has slept with a married man, which is fueled even more when Reese sends a note to her bakery asking if he can see her again. This leads Dylan to storm round to his office, where they argue and he explains that he’s not married. It turns out that Jukes got him muddled up with one of Ian’s other friends. Once this is cleared up Dylan and Reese agree to have a monogamous causal relationship.

Things I liked about this book, the chemistry between Dylan and Reese. Joey who is Dylans gay best friend and assistant is just fabulous I really loved him! He’s so sassy and fun, and I loved the ending, particularly the epilogue!

The only thing I didn’t like was Reece’s ex-girlfriend storyline, it was the usual jealous ex, stirring up trouble type of thing and I think it’s just a bit overdone at this point.

Overall if you’re looking for a steaming romantic read with lots of humor and some drama I recommend reading this book.

My Rating 4/5

White Hot Kiss – The Dark Elements Series (Re-Read) – Jennifer L Armentrout

*This post contains spoilers!*

Blurb:

One kiss could be the last.

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne… it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

Page Length: 388
Publication Year: 2014
Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal/Romance/Young Adult

Characters: Layla, Roth, Zayne, Stacey, Sam

I’m trying to remember exactly how many times I’ve read this book… it has got to be at least the 6th! To say that I love this series is an understatement, to say the least. I’ve read a lot of books by Jennifer L Armentrout and this my favorite, although I do adore the Lux series as well!

Anyway back to White Hot Kiss, Layla is part demon, the part warden who has been brought up by the Wardens to deny her demon side. Because of Layla’s duel heritage she has a couple of special abilities, 1, she can feed off the souls of humans if she kisses one, 2, she can see souls and from this determines how pure they are and 3, when she touches a demon it leaves a trace that the wardens can see, which helps them track the down said demons and send them back to hell. One evening whilst out tagging a demon she meets Roth! 😍

I really like Layla, I find her to be such a relatable character. Although she is not human she displays a lot of human like behavior which is one of the reasons I liked her so much. I also like her character progression and personal growth. in the beginning, she saw things from things from a narrower point of view, Demons bad, Wardens good. Which is largely due to how she was brought up and I liked seeing how she gradually learned that this is not the case.

Continue reading “White Hot Kiss – The Dark Elements Series (Re-Read) – Jennifer L Armentrout”

Revelation Series (Part 2) – Randi Cooley Wilson

Redemption

A LOVE RETURNS
A LOYALTY IS BROKEN
AND WAR BEGINS

For Eve Collins, darkness has descended after her love vanished into the night sky. A new protector has been appointed, one who challenges everything she’s believed to be true.

In this third installment of The Revelation Series, Eve will become aware of dangers and worlds that exist only in her nightmares, and bloodline secrets that will trigger a centuries old war.

You can escape anything, except your destiny.

Page Length: 315
Publication Year: Dec 2014
Genre: New Adult/Romance/Paranormal/Fantasy

Characters: Eve, Asher, Abby, Callen, Mckenna, Keegan and Gage


Revolution

A King Rises
A Fate Seals
Realms Fall

Eve Collins has set in motion a chain of events that could destroy everything she’s ever loved. Surrounded by dangerous creatures, dark worlds, and the struggle to become who she was meant to be, Eve must complete her ascension and accept her destiny.

War has begun. Losing is not an option. With dangers lurking around each corner, and everything against her, will Eve sacrifice her own happiness in order to tip the scale of balance? Which side will rise to power, and which fall to fate?

In this fourth installment in The Revelation Series, Eve must risk everything she loves in order to prevent a centuries old war.

Everything comes with a sacrifice, even love

Page Length: 319
Publication Year: May 2015
Genre: New Adult/Romance/Paranormal/Fantasy

Characters: Eve, Asher, Abby, Callen, Mckenna, Keegan and Gage


Restoration

Would You Run
Would You Fight
Would You Fall To Fate

If your heart was full of love, could you give it all up?

Eve Collins will do anything to save those she loves, especially her gargoyle protector and mate, Asher St. Michael. With the world crumbling down around them, Eve and Asher must face the final battle between darkness and light. One that will end in great sacrifice.

When the skies darken and love in it’s truest form is tested, would you run? When death becomes silence and battle lines are drawn, would you fight? If you had to sacrifice, to save the one you loved, would you fall to fate? Would you dare to let it go?

The End, Begins.

Page Length: 350
Publication Year: November 2015
Genre: New Adult/Romance/Paranormal/Fantasy

Characters: Eve, Asher, Abby, Callen, Mckenna, Keegan and Gage

Continue reading “Revelation Series (Part 2) – Randi Cooley Wilson”

Anything You Can Do – R.S.Grey

Blurb:

Lucas Thatcher has always been my enemy.

It’s been a decade since I’ve seen him, but our years on opposite coasts were less of a lasting peace and more of a temporary cease-fire. Now that we’re both back in our small town, I know Lucas expects the same old war, but I’ve changed since high school—and from the looks of it, so has he.

The arrogant boy who was my teenage rival is now a chiseled doctor armed with intimidating good looks. He is Lucas Thatcher 2.0, the new and improved version I’ll be competing with in the workplace instead of the schoolyard.

I’m not worried; I’m a doctor now too, board-certified and sexy in a white coat. It almost feels like winning will be too easy—until Lucas unveils a tactic neither of us has ever used before: sexual warfare.

The day he pushes me up against the wall and presses his lips to mine, I can’t help but wonder if he’s filling me with passion or poison. Every fleeting touch is perfect torture. With every stolen kiss, my walls crumble a little more. After all this time, Lucas knows exactly how to strip me of my defenses, but I’m in no hurry to surrender.

Knowing thy enemy has never felt so good.

*SPOILERISH*

Page Length: 247
Publication Year: 2017
Genre: Romance/Contemporary/Comedy

Characters: Daisy and Lucas

I so completely loved this book! I’ve read a few of R.S.Grey’s books and she always delivers!

Daisy and Lucas have competed against each other for their entire lives, right up to the end of high school where they leave to go to different med schools. Now years later they have both returned to their hometown to run the town’s medical practice.

I loved this whole storyline. I’m a huge Grey’s Anatomy fan so this really interested me, two rival doctors, who have a thing for one another. It has comedy in all the right places, I particularly liked the chapters where Daisy and Lucas had to be kept in isolation together. Thier chemistry is off the charts!

Daisy, I really liked her! mainly because she isn’t perfect! I loved her flaws almost as much as I liked her strengths! She sees everything to do with Lucas as a competition, to the point that she blind to the fact she has feelings for him. But she is also feisty and isn’t afraid to go out and get what she wants.

And Lucas! Oh, how I loved him!  His character is refreshing compared to what I have been reading recently when it comes to a love interest. He’s sexy, cocky (in a good way) smart and funny. He’s emails that he has been writing to Daisy for years but has never sent to her, are so heartbreaking! I liked that he didn’t have some selfish agenda, he just wanted the women he’s in love with to love him back!

If you love romantic comedies with a touch of medicine thrown in or just like romance I highly recommend you read this book!

A job well done R.S.Grey!!

My Rating: 4/5

Revelation Series (Part 1) – Randi Cooley Wilson

*I have broken down the review into 2 parts. This first part will I’ll be reviewing at Revelation and Restraint* 

Revelation Blurb:

A DIVINE SECRET,
A LOYAL PROTECTOR,
A FORBIDDEN LOVE.

Eve Collins starts her freshman year at college blissfully unaware that one revelation will challenge everything she’s believed to be true about her family, life, and future, and right in the midst of it all is Asher St. Michael.

Mysterious and aloof, Asher is appointed to protect Eve at all costs. Bound by his oath of loyalty to mankind, loving her is forbidden.

Dark and enigmatic, Gage Gallagher may be even more dangerous to Eve than the demonic army that hunts her.
Caught in the middle of a centuries old war, Eve must choose sides knowing that the wrong choice will cost more than just her life.
Can Asher and Eve fulfil their destinies or will their love destroy everything?

Revelation is a journey of self-discovery, love, and sacrifice.

Page Length: 314
Publication Year: May 2014
Genre: New Adult/Romance/Paranormal/Fantasy

Restraint Blurb:

A FORBIDDEN LOVE WILL BECOME DEEPER.
A LOYALTY WILL BE TESTED.
AND ONLY DARKNESS WILL REMAIN.

One revelation changed everything, turning Eve Collin’s world upside down. Now, she’s left to struggle with her identity and allegiance. Haunted by grief and tempted by her increasing attraction to her protector, will she ever truly be safe from enemies that refuse to give up?

Restraint is an addictively spellbinding continuation of Eve’s journey of self-discovery, love and sacrifice that will change everything.

Page Length: 300
Publication Year: August 2014
Genre: New Adult/Romance/Paranormal/Fantasy

Characters: Eve, Asher, Abby, Callen, Mckenna, Keegan and Gage

I started this series with no preconceived notions, I really like books that center around Angels so I was excited to start this one.

Eve is an ordinary college student until she’s not. Haunted by nightmares that frequently wake her (and her roommates), she doesn’t think much of them until she meets Asher St.Micheal.

I feel like that even though this is new adult Eve is sometimes really childish and I could have really liked her character had she shown more maturity. I’m hoping in the next few books she finally makes herself heard. I also think that for what she is supposed to be that she should be a lot more kick ass that she is at the moment.

I had real problems with Asher, he’s only appealing trait seems to be his abs. I get that he is Eve’s protector but he is so overbearing it’s almost suffocating. He also keeps lots of secrets from Eve in the name of said protection, and I feel had he been more open with her she would have been able to make more informed choices.

When he first introduced in Revelation Gage is painted as a bad guy but after reading Restraint we learn there is a lot more to him, one of the things that I liked most about him is that he lives by his own rules. He is gray in a book where everything else is very black and white. There’s not much I liked about this book but the supporting characters are pretty awesome and Gage is probably the only reason I’ll finish reading this series!

What I liked:

The storyline was what really caught my eye, I liked the gargoyle aspect a lot and that Eve is supposed to a savior for mankind. Gage! I really like all the mystery that surrounds him. I found him to be a much more interesting character than Asher.

Things that I didn’t like:

The angst with a capital A! There is a lot of it in this series and it got so repetitive all the time, I don’t need the to main characters to be panting over each other the whole time for me to know that they are attracted to one another.  Asher! I can’t pinpoint why but there is something about him that just rubs me the wrong way!

Overall if you like angst-filled books with lots of drama and a touch of the supernatural I would recommend this book to you.

My Rating: 3/5

Beautiful Diaster – Jamie McGuire

Blurb:

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

Page Length: 319
Publication Year: 2011
Genre: New Adult/Romance

Characters: Abby, Travis, America

Okey so this book took me awhile to finish as I’ve been poorly, it started out ok but I’m not gonna beat the around the bush I didn’t like it,  I spent the vast majority of this book with this look on my face:

 

Keeping this short and sweet as I don’t want be ranting again. Travis was a possessive control freak! Who had major anger issues and could probably do with some therapy. I’m so sick of reading books where the male character treats the female character like crap and everyone just seems ok with it!

Abby I felt was manipulated and emotionally abused by Travis to such a point I felt uncomfortable reading some parts of their dialogue.

Overall I don’t recommend this book.

My rating 1/5