Wicked (A Wicked Saga #1) Jennifer L. Armentrout

Synopsis

Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.


Quick Stats:

Page Length: 300
Publication year: 2014
Characters: Ivy, Ren, Tink


Review

Who doesn’t love a re-read? This week I reread Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout in preparation for the release of Brave. This was my third reading, and I have to say its one of those books that gets better each time I read it. It ticks all the boxes for me, badass heroine, super hot love interest and a hilarious sidekick!

The story is centered around Ivy, who works for a secret organisation called the Order. Ivy hunts and takes out Fae who have crossed over into the human world. The Fae in this story are the bad guys, who like nothing more than draining the life out of humans to maintain their long lives. Everything is all hunky dory until Ivy is shot by a fae who materialized a gun out of thin air – which is not a trait of a regular fae, these fae are Ancients, they are super powerful and can not be so easily taken out.

Ivy and Ren are so sweet together, I really love their banter and how they understand each other. Not to mention their scorching hot chemistry! I could almost see the sparks bouncing off the page.

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I can’t review this full and not mention Tink, I forgot how absolutely awesome he is! He seriously is my favorite sidekick of all time, so much sass in such a little being!

“Well, at least it’s not like you have a pet snake, because that shit would be weird. And I guess there are people who have more annoying roommates. I’ll be honest, though. I don’t trust the little shit, but I respect your decision.” “Well, I don’t trust you either, so what-the-fuck-ever,” Tink replied with a saucy grin as he stepped out from behind my leg.”

My Rating 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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[Book Review] Man Hands by Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby

Synopsis  

He puts the “screw” in screwball comedy…

BRYNN

At thirty-four, I’m reeling from a divorce. I don’t want to party or try to move on. I just want to stay home and post a new recipe on my blog: Brynn’s Dips and Balls.

But my friends aren’t having it. Get out there again, they say. It will be fun, they say. I’m still taking a hard pass.

Free designer cocktails, they say. And that’s a game-changer.

Too bad my ex shows up with his new arm candy. That’s when I lose my mind. But when my besties dare me to leap on the first single man I see, they don’t expect me to actually go through with it.

TOM

All I need right now is some peace and quiet while my home renovation TV show is on hiatus. But when a curvy woman in a red wrap dress charges me like she’s a gymnast about to mount my high bar, all I can do is brace myself and catch her. What follows is the hottest experience of my adult life.

I want a repeat, but my flying Cinderella disappears immediately afterward. She doesn’t leave a glass slipper, either—just a pair of panties with chocolate bunnies printed on them.

But I will find her.


More Details

Genre: Romance
Page Length: 180
Characters: Brynn and Tom
Publication Date: 11th December 2017
Format: eARC


Review

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for honest review.

Brynn is recently divorced and trying to get back in the saddle which is why she ends up a party she doesn’t really want to be attending. It’s at this party that she bumps into her ex-husband with a younger thinner model on his arm. This pushes Brynn to do something totally drastic and out of character – throw herself (literally) at the first man that she sees and this happens to be Tom.

This was a pretty short book and but boy did it have a lot of story! It felt like a full-length novel. I really enjoyed the story. It was so funny and heartfelt. Brynn’ quirkiness and humor really gave this story a good punch of comedy. Tom is a semi-famous TV personality who is on a break from filming his home renovation show, I really liked how down to earth and easy going he was. The chemistry between these two is sizzling, to say the least.

This book is told in the first person from both the perspectives of Brynn and Tom.

If you looking for a short light-hearted romantic read then look no further.

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My Rating:  4/5  🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟


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He Loves Me…Knot – R.C Boldt

Synopsis  

Sometimes love needs a second chance…

I never looked back after skipping out on my own wedding, even if it did leave me estranged from most of my family. Eight years later, I have the life I’ve always wanted. As an advertising account executive, my world is damn near perfect.

Until I come face-to-face with my past. With the man I once loved. The man who holds my future in his hands. The man who’s hell-bent on getting even with me for leaving him at the altar.

Even with all the unfinished business between us, I still love Knox Montgomery. The only problem?

He loves me…KNOT.


More Details

Genre: Romance
Page Length: 356
Characters: Emma Jane, Knox
Publication Date: 14th November 2017
Format: eBook


Review

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for honest review.

Emma Jane runs out on her wedding day, thinking that her husband to be, doesn’t really love her. Emma leaves town and spends the next few years working at an advertising firm and trying to forget about the man she left at the altar, which has been going well until he walks back into her life and takes over running the company she is working at.

I really enjoyed this story it was engaging and entertaining. The story is told in the first person from the dual perspectives of Knox and Emma Jane.

I liked both the main characters. I thought each of their experiences was intriguing. I felt the hurt and confusion from Knox, who I had trouble picturing as someone who would walk out on someone he loves, his character just seemed to genuine to do something like that.

I also had empathy for Emma Jane. It was obvious that she truly thought Knox had done wrong by her.

Overall this was a good read, it captured my attention and kept me hanging on to the very end.

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My Rating:  4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟


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IT ENDS WITH US – Colleen Hoover

Synopsis  

SOMETIMES THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU IS THE ONE WHO HURTS YOU THE MOST

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

This book contains graphic scenes and very sensitive subject matter.


More Details

Genre: NA
Page Length: 367
Characters: Lily, Ryle and Atlas
Publication Date: 2nd August 2016
Format: ebook


Review

This book has made me feel annoyed and depressed, no, it just pissed me off!

I grew up in a similar situation to Lilly so I know what it’s like witnessing your parenting getting abused and wishing like hell that they would leave. I completely understand teenage Lily, adult lily not so much.

To be blunt adult Lily is naïve and stupid. Who their right fucking mind decides that getting with a guy who says that they want to fuck you within the first 10 minutes is a good idea? This same guy has major commitment issues and is beating up a freaking garden chair. Hello, why weren’t your alarm bells ringing then? if that wasn’t bad enough a few weeks later he comes to her apartment and begs her for sex… seriously? The fact is that Lily does know what a good relationship looks like because she had one with Atlas! sure they were young and they didn’t do any of the traditional dating type stuff but he did treat her properly.

The fact is that Lily does know what a good relationship looks like because she had one with Atlas! sure they were young and they didn’t do any of the traditional dating type stuff but he did treat her properly.

I’m also seething about Ryles character, he has all the classic charming perpetrator traits but after the first incident where he hurts Lily he tells her he as an anger disorder that stems from childhood. I can only assume that he has IED (Intermittent Explosive Disorder) and that’s why he loses his temper, he then begs her to not leave and to help him. Which she buys hook line and sinker. I’m sorry but I’m not buying it,  I think that this was all part of his manipulation to get Lily to stay with him. I read another book (can’t remember the name of it) but the male protagonist had IED and he was nothing like Ryle, one he took responsibility for his actions and went and got help. What pissed me off the most is that it is never addressed in the book that he is using this as a manipulation tactic, so it just becomes a justification of why he’s abusive, when really it would have been more beneficial to readers to know that actually this is just another trait of a perpetrator.

I think this book could have been more, I thought it was a very cliché story of abuse. As it portrays a somewhat typical case of physical abuse but it doesn’t go into any depth about the emotional abuse. I feel that Lily we very emotionally manipulated by Ryle but the author never addresses this and that is one of the biggest let downs of the whole book. This books whole thing is that each person’s experience of abuse is different but Colleen Hoover has managed to tell the most cliché version of it you can think of. This book didn’t leave me feeling empowered or hopeful it just left a really bad taste.

My Rating:  1/5  🌟

 

 

 

Saving it by Monica Murphy

Synopsis  

Eden: Josh Evans and I have been best friends forever. He knows all my secrets, and I know all of his. So when he randomly asks me to help him lose his virginity, I sort of flip out. That’s a question that sends your mind to places you’ve seriously never considered before. Like, you know. Having sex. With your best friend. Except Josh doesn’t want to have sex with me—he wants me to help him find a girl. A nice girl who’s funny and smart and cute. Except he already knows a girl just like that…

Josh: Eden Sumner is my best friend. So of course she’d be the person to help me find my perfect match, so I can drop my V card before I head off to college. Except the more we search, the more I realize that maybe the right girl has been by my side all along. I don’t need Eden’s help in finding me a girl to love. I’m pretty sure I’m already in love with Eden. But now she thinks I’m only after one thing…with anyone but her.


More Details

Genre: YA
Page Length: 241
Characters: Eden, Josh
Publication Date: 6th November 2017
Format: eArc


Review

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for honest review.

Eden and Josh are best friends, Josh is still a virgin and decides that he needs to lose this by the end of senior year. He asks Eden to help him find a girl to do the deed with. But as the search goes on, they both start to question if the person they are looking for is closer than they think.

This story is written in the first person from both perspectives of Josh & Eden

Books like this one are the reason I love YA so much, the story was a great blend of romance, angst and the realization that what you think you want is always what you really want.

I thought the story was entertaining and flowed well. I enjoyed both the main characters. Josh and Eden are your typical teenage best friends, I thought their chemistry was great. The entire time I was reading this book I felt like it could be a really great teen movie, it reminded me of the classics from the 90s.

The Bottom Line:

This was a great story. If you love YA then I would recommend this book to you.

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My Rating:  4/5  🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟


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Enough – Danielle Norman

Synopsis  

ARIEL & KAYSON
Some things in life were inevitable; death, taxes, and lying, whoremongering men.
One woman would never be enough for one man.
So I traded in men for a Harley.
Nothing beats that kind of power between my legs.
Then I blinked.
And he was there.

Some things in life were inevitable; death, taxes, and badge bunnies willing to hop into my bed.
The only problem is I’m a one woman kind of man.
In my line of work, I’ve seen it all.
Nothing bothers me until I find a woman’s wrecked body.
When she blinked,
My world changed.

Forever doesn’t come close to giving me enough of her.


More Details

Genre: Romance
Page Length: 252
Characters: Ariel & Kayson
Publication Date: 2nd November  2017
Format: eBook


Review

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for honest review.

Ariel has had it rough after her mum dies she moves to Orlando to make a fresh start. Things are going well until she is jumped by two thugs. Enter Kayson who her comes her ‘Knight in Shining Armour’

Kayson can’t stop thinking about the beautiful women who he saved, and makes it his mission to make her his.

This story was nothing like I expected to be, I mean that in a good way. As someone who doesn’t really read crimish books I was surprised at how much I ended up liking it. The story writing actually reminded me a little of Till Death by Jennifer L. Armentrout. This book is a great mix of romance, crime and smut.

The sex scenes in the story scorching! Ariel and Kayson have chemistry galore!

I really liked Kayson, he is from a fairly big Greek family, which was a refreshing change from the usual male leads that I have read recently. I thought it was really sweet that his made focus was to keep Ariel safe.

Ariel is a wannabe biker chick, I liked how feisty and independent she is and her group of biker girlfriends were pure joy to read.

The Bottom Line:

If you like your romance with a touch of crime/suspense then its really worth giving this book a go.

My Rating:  4/5  🌟🌟🌟🌟

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About the Author  

Danielle is a Harley riding romance writer. She loves jeans, T-shirts, and shoes (cowboy boots most of all).

She writes about men that will open the door for you during the day and throw you against them at night.

Her goal is to write books that make the reader laugh and fall in love without all of the emotional baggage faced every day in our real lives.

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 [Book Review] Slumber (Beauty Never Dies Chronicles #1) by J.L. Weil 

Synopsis  

There is no such thing as happily ever after. Everything Charlotte Winston thought she knew has been thrown out the window. From the moment she opens her eyes, the world she remembered ceases to exist, and in its place is a post-apocalyptic realm filled with unimaginable dangers. And one very smoking hot guy who has an uncanny ability to make her blood sing, then boil in a blink of an eye. Dash Darhk is everything her parents would hate. He’s six feet and two inches of dark temptation and a killer smile, that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in his wake. But her parents are nowhere to be found. Charlotte is alone in this new world. Destroyed by a toxic mist, the land isn’t the only thing altered, but the inhabitants as well. As Charlotte begins the hunt for her family, gifts she’s never fathom awake inside her. And with the gifts come problems. Enormous ones. Charlotte is running out of options and places to hide. If she can’t figure out who to trust-and fast-she will lose more than her heart. Fans of Hunger Games, The 100, and Divergent will fall in love with Slumber.


More Details

Genre: Dystopia, Romance
Page Length: 305
Characters: Charlotte, Dash
Publication Date: 16th November 2016
Format: eBook


Review

This was another book that I found on my kindle the other day, I’ve been reading a lot of normal romance recently so I fancied something a bit different and this ticked the box.

The story starts off a little sleeping beauty esque, when Dash find Charlotte asleep and is compelled to kiss, and this leads to her waking up after 100 years of slumber. Charlotte wakes to a very different world. Everything she once knew is gone.

I really liked the story it was a nice blend of romance & dystopia. I thought the world building was very good, it was refreshing different from anything I’ve read recently.

I think I enjoyed Dash’s character more than Charlotte, he was intriguing and has lots of secrets, I’m looking forward to finding out more about him the next book. Charlotte was ok, she just seemed a little more immature by I’m hoping her character develops more as the story goes on.

The Bottom Line:

This was a really nice little story, I really enjoyed it and I already have the next book pre-ordered.

My Rating:  3/5  🌟🌟🌟

[Book Review] The Emperor of Evening Stars – by Laura Thalassa 

Synopsis  

In the beginning, there was darkness. 
Before he met Callie, before he became the Bargainer, there was Desmond Flynn, the bastard son of a scribe. A boy born to a weak mother, cursed with little magic, and destined to marry a slave.

But fate had something else in mind.

Till darkness dies. 
From the barren caves of Arestys to the palace of Somnia to the streets of earth, this is how Desmond Flynn, a fairy who began with nothing, became the Emperor of Evening Stars.


More Details

Genre: Paranormal
Page Length: 186
Characters: Desmond Flynn
Publication Date: 15th October 2017
Format: eBook


Review

The Emperor of Evening Stars is a Novella that accompanies The Bargainer Trilogy. So if you if you’ve not read Rhapsodic or A Strange Hymn then I advise you to stop reading now and go read them because they are awesome!

This novella was perfection, this is the story of Desmond Flynn and what a story it is and it all starts with his mother’s escape from his father. I really really love this story, my only complaint is that it wasn’t longer because I could read about Des all day.

I love how deeply complex he is and learning more about his background homed that in more than ever. I love how he switches from good guy to bad ass motherf*#cker in 0.5 seconds!

“Coldly, I break his femur. While he’s still screaming, I crush his kneecap. His shrieks are the sweetest music”

And let’s not forget his love for Callie, some of the passages where he is describing his love for her are so swoony.

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The Bottom Line:

If like me you are Desmond Flynn fan then this is a must – Dear gods I love him 😍

My Rating:  5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

That Man Next Door by Nadia Lee

Synopsis  

I’m a twenty-two year-old virgin who’s had five one-night stands. How’s that possible? Easy. I’ve never gone all the way. I just chicken out and bail. Thank God, I’ve always selected men I’ll never run across again…

…until that sexy-as-sin Matt from last weekend moves in next door…

…then shows up as a new in-house counsel at Sweet Darlings Inc. where I work.

Oh…crap.

But it was dark in the hotel room. If I put on a boring office outfit and Clark Kent glasses, he won’t recognize me…

Right?


More Details

Genre: Romance
Page Length: 320
Characters: Jan and Matt
Publication Date: 24th October
Format: eARC


Review

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is the first book by Nadia Lee so I wasn’t sure what to expect but this book turned out to be a great little read.

Jan has had 5 one night stand and is still a virgin, how? because she runs out on the guy before going through with it and thankfully never sees them again. That’s until Matt who is the latest guy she bails on, he moves in next door and then shows up as the new guy where she works!

The book is told in the first person from almost entirely Jan’s perspective. The last chapter is from Matt’s and its so swoon worthy!

The story really sucked me in, I started this last night and finished this afternoon because I enjoyed reading it so much. The pace of the relationship was a little faster than I would normally like, but there was no insta love, just lots and lots of lust and steaminess.

I found myself relating Jan quite a lot because she is very overly critical of herself and I’m largely the same way. I found her very enduring and easy to connect too. Matt was lovely, perfect guy next door material.

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The Bottom Line:

This is a feel-good romantic story – a perfect light read. I would recommend.

My Rating:  4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟


About the author

Nadia Lee

3247259Bilingual former management consultant Nadia Lee has lived in four different countries and enjoyed many adventures and excellent food around the globe. In the last eight years, she has kissed stingrays, got bitten by a shark, ridden an elephant and petted tigers.

She shares an apartment overlooking a river and palm trees in Japan with her husband, winter white hamsters and an ever-widening pile of books. When she’s not writing, she can be found digging through old Asian historical texts or planning another trip.

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Bountiful (True North #4) – Sarina Bowen

Synopsis  

No last names. No life stories. Those were the rules.

Once upon a time a cocky, copper-haired tourist sauntered into Zara’s bar. And even though she knew better, Zara indulged in a cure for the small-town blues. It was supposed to be an uncomplicated fling—a few sizzling weeks before he went back to his life, and she moved on.

Until an accidental pregnancy changed her life.

Two years later, she’s made peace with the notion that Dave No-Last-Name will never be found. Until one summer day when he walks into her coffee shop, leveling her with the same hot smile that always renders her defenseless.

Dave Beringer has never forgotten the intense month he spent with prickly Zara. Their nights together were the first true intimacy he’d ever experienced. But the discovery of his child is the shock of a lifetime, and his ugly past puts relationships and family out of reach.

Or does it? Vermont’s countryside has a way of nurturing even tortured souls. The fields and the orchards—and hard won love—are Bountiful.


 More Details

Genre: Romance
Page Length: 315
Characters: Zara, Dave
Publication Date: 20th October
Format: eARC


Review

I received an advanced copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I usually avoid books with the accidental pregnancy/pregnancy storylines because in general, I’m not really interested in pregnancy and kids, but as this, by Sarina Bowen, I made an exception.

Dave meets Zara in a bar during his summer vacation. They have a brief and intense liaison. Dave goes back home and Zara discovers she is pregnant. Zara tries to track Dave down but to no avail and concludes that she will never see him again and concentrates on running her business and bring her daughter up.. Fast forward 2 years and Dave is back in town and hasn’t forgotten Zara, after walking into Zara’s coffee shop the first thing she tells him is that they have a daughter together.

I really enjoyed this story, I was really rooting for Dave the whole time and hoped that he would step up and be a father. I liked Zara’s fire, she was strong and independent and gave Dave a way out, which was pretty brave when all she wanted was him to be with her and Nicole.

The journey that characters went on was intense. I felt the love they had for one another to true and I liked that there was no insta love or that they felt the need to be together just because they had a kid together. They just genuinely loved each other and in doing so had learned how to make life work for them.

This story is told in the first person from both the perspectives of Zara and Dave. I should also point out that I haven’t read the 3 books before this one but it didn’t feel like that I would have needed to.

The Bottom Line:

I really liked this one, even though the main theme isn’t something I would normally read. I would definitely recommend it.

My Rating:  4/5  🌟 🌟🌟🌟


About the author

Sarina Bowen

sarina+kitchenSarina Bowen is the USA Today bestselling author of steamy, angsty Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction. She lives in the wilds of New England.

She is the author of The Ivy Years, an award-winning series set amid the hockey team at an elite Connecticut college. Also, the The Gravity series.

With Elle Kennedy, Sarina is the author of the RITA award winning HIM, and its sequel, US, as well as the WAGs novels.

Sarina also has a new Vermont contemporary romance series, True North. She’s also unrolled new hockey novels from Penguin Berkley including Rookie Move.

Sarina enjoys skiing, espresso drinks and the occasional margarita. She lives with her family, eight chickens and more ski gear and hockey equipment than seems necessary.

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