Sweet Obsession – J. Daniels

Blurb

From New York Times bestselling author, J. Daniels, comes a sexy new STANDALONE novel that does NOT need to be read in conjunction with any other book.

Everyone knows Brooke Wicks loves to have a good time.

She’s not interested in getting serious, settling down, or limiting herself to one man. So when she meets the sexy, irresistible Mason King, she sees another opportunity to let loose and go wild. But the gorgeous Aussie isn’t interested in just a quick fling with Brooke, and if she wants to get into his bed, she’s going to have to do it on his terms.

Loving fast and hard has always been Mason’s philosophy.

He doesn’t want a meaningless connection, he wants it all, and he wants it with Brooke. When she makes her one desire known—to hit it and quit it—Mason wages a plan to ensure Brooke keeps coming back for more. Or so he hopes.

Getting her attention was the easy part. Keeping it might be damn near impossible.

Sweet Obsession is where the Sweet Addiction series meets the Alabama Summer series.


Stats

Page Length: 360
Publication Year:
2015
Genre: 
Romance
Characters:  Brooke, Mason, Joey, Billy


Thoughts

So I read Sweet Addiction a few months back and didn’t really think much more about this series after that, anyway a got an email from BookBub a couple of weeks ago and this book was one of the free ones, so I thought “Hey why not”

Story/ Characters

This story is told from the first person from both Brooke and Mason’s perspectives. I really enjoyed the writing it was nice and easy to follow and kept me engaged.

The story itself was pretty good, I’m a huge sucker for slow burn romance and this book did not disappoint! In a nutshell, Brooke is looking for a quick one time thing with Mason but Mason wants more, he gets Brooke to agree to spend time getting to know one another before they have sex.

I liked both the main characters, I  thought Brookes characters development was good, she grew a fair amount from the start of the book to the end. I really liked how patient Mason was with Brooke. The only annoyance came at the end when Mason really overacted to something and caused unnecessary drama.

Hands down the best part of the book was Joey, who is one of Brookes room mates, this guy needs his own book, he’s just great!

Favorite Quote:

“Breathe, Joey. Keep your fabulous shit together. No mauling the customers. They pay you. You love them.”

Conclusion:

This was an enjoyable light read, nothing to shout about from the rooftops. It’s the perfect sort of book if you’re looking to kill a bit time.

My Rating:  3/5 🌟🌟🌟

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Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index – Julie Israel

Blurb

It’s been sixty-five days since the accident that killed Juniper’s sister, and ripped Juniper’s world apart.

Then she finds the love letter: written by Camilla on the day of the accident, addressed mysteriously to “You,” but never sent. Desperate to learn You’s identity and deliver the message, Juniper starts to investigate.

Until she loses something. A card from her Happiness Index: a ritual started by sunny Camie for logging positives each day. It’s what’s been holding Juniper together since her death – but a lost card only widens the hole she left behind. And this particular card contains Juniper’s own dark secret: a memory she can’t let anyone else find out.

The search for You and her card take Juniper to even less expected places, and as she connects with those whose secrets she upturns in the effort, she may just find the means to make peace with her own.

This is a smart, funny, poignant book guaranteed to make you laugh and cry – and maybe even take notes.


Stats

Page Length: 320
Publication Year:
2017
Genre: 
Young Adult
Characters:  Juniper, Brand, Kody, Nate and Angela


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

Story/Characters

First and foremost this story is about grief. It’s about how Juniper has to go on following the death of her sister Camilla. I really enjoyed how this story played out. I initially thought this might be quite heavy but by the end of the book, I felt uplifted.

Junipers journey was difficult I felt her character to be very realistic. I liked that we not only got see how it was affecting her but also how her parents were dealing with it. I also appreciated that this wasn’t a rushed process. The Story takes place over the course of about 10 months to a year. Which means we got to see just how far Juniper come:

“They say grief comes in stages: Denial. Anger. Bargaining. Depression. And lastly, if you follow that model, Acceptance. This has not been my experience at all. Yes, there have been episodes, even periods of each, but the “stages” don’t present themselves in any order. They are not chronological like the days of the week; they cannot be quantified and arranged like teaspoons from smallest to largest. For me it’s been more like cards, a trick game Camie used to play when we were little: Smoke or Fire. In it, the “dealer” holds up a deck at an unsuspecting player and tells them to call out the suit of each card they display, “smoke” for black and “fire” for red—except, on the first “fire,” the dealer launches the deck at them. Grief is like that: One minute you think you know the rules and it’s one card, one emotion at a time; the next, the deck explodes all around you. Boom.”

I really liked this quote because it’s so true, grief is different for everyone and it was good to see this portrayed and important too, especially because this is a young adult book. And I also thought it was good that Junipers experience didn’t follow any sort of pattern, her grief wasn’t linear. Some days were good and some not so good. I felt this gave her character a lot of depth and realism.

I liked how she used to index cards to mark the positives and negatives of her day and in a way they are her coping mechanism.

I really enjoyed her relationship with Brand, I thought his back story was sad too. In-fact all of the characters in this story had very real life problems. Kody was the fat girl who lost weight but was still bullied, Angela is the bookish quiet one that loves her books but is keeps to herself and Nate… I thought his placement in the story was very cleverly done and that’s all I’m saying about him because I don’t want to give too much away.

Favorite Quote:

“We roll on our backs toward the star-filled sky, I do not see the diamonds, the glittering shards that have shone there for billions of years, but the blue-black canopy between them. I see it and think of my watercolors, of carving Bristol from linoleum, of Polaris—with a twang, of Camie’s hand in them all, of the thousand ways she’ll never see her touch unfold—and somehow recognize it is this very darkness, the cutouts, the envelope of holes that makes the stars so sharp and beautiful. All that absence isn’t negative space. It’s the gum that holds the universe together.”

Conclusion:

I enjoyed this story a lot more than I thought I would. This is Julie Israel’s first book and for a debut novel, I thought it was excellent. If you enjoy YA than then this should be on your tbr list!

My Rating:  4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Allure of Julian Lefray – R.S. Grey

Blurb

From: JosephineKeller@LLDesigns.com
To: LilyNBlack@gmail.com
Subject: Justin Timberlake Nudes!

Lily, you predictable perv. I knew you’d open this email faster if I tempted you with a glimpse of JT’s “PP”. Well, put your pants back on and grab some bubbly because I have much better news to share.

I GOT A JOB!

As of tomorrow, I’ll be the new executive assistant at Lorena Lefray Designs. I am SO excited, but there’s one itty bitty problem: I won’t be Lorena’s assistant. I’ll be working for her older brother, Julian.

I know what you’re thinking- “But Jo, what’s the problem?”

Google him. Now. He’s the man in the fitted navy suit whose face reminds you that there’s hope yet for this cruel, ugly world. Keep scrolling…Do you see those dimples? Yup. That’s the Julian Lefray I will be reporting to tomorrow morning.

Lord, help us all…

XO,
Jo


Stats

Page Length: 366
Publication Year:
2015
Genre: 
Romantic/Comedy
Characters: Jo, Julian


Thoughts

And R.S Grey saves the day! You may have seen my previous post in which I was on a mission to find a romantic read. I can now say mission accomplished! This book just totally hit the spot. I loved every page.

Story

Jo moves from Texas to New York to pursue a career in the fashion industry. She lands a job at Lefray Designs as Julian’s assistant. Julian is looking after his sister’s business whilst she is in rehab and hires Jo to help him revamp the company’s image.

From the word go this book had me smiling. The relationship development is super sweet I loved the interaction between the two main characters and how well the clicked together. I also really enjoyed the build up to them finally getting it on!

There were some really funny moments in this story, one of which involved Jo being invited to her landladies birthday party, (that she brought Julian too) which turned out to be a swingers party!

This book was told from both Jo’s and Julian’s perspective.

Characters

I thought Jo’s character was very relatable, she’s just moved to a brand new city and has no friends and is struggling to pay bills. After meeting Julian she spends a lot of the time fighting her feelings for him because she doesn’t want to lose her job.

Julian – he is such a sweetheart! Ah, he is just one of those guys that are just the right amount of perfect, because he is imperfect! I love how was with Jo, he embraced all of her quirks but I think that the most attractive trait he had was his sense of humor!

Favorite Quote:

“He didn_t even know the effect those dimples had on my girly parts. One word_ Ijustgotpregnant. Yeah, that_s one word.” Lefray

Conclusion:

To conclude, this was really good read and it was exactly what I was looking for. It was the perfect mix of romance and comedy! If your looking for something fun and light hearted then definitely give this book a try!

My Rating:  5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

A Strange Hymn (The Bargainer #2) – Laura Thalassa

Blurb

Siren and soulmate to the King of Night, Callypso Lillis survived the clutches of Karnon, the mad king, and his twisted prison. But the nightmare isn’t over. Callie wears the physical reminders of her time as a captive, and mounting evidence suggests the Thief of Souls is still out there.

When a fae celebration thrusts Callie and her mate, Desmond Flynn, into the Kingdom of Flora, they take their investigation with them. But under the bright lights and striking blooms of the realm, they find there are more immediate issues to deal with. No place is more uniquely savage than the great fae halls, and no amount of bargains can save Callie from royal intrigues.

Fairies play dangerous games. Some want love, some want vengeance, some want flesh, and some want things too unspeakable to utter. One thing is for sure: no one is who they appear to be. Not even Des, who only grows more enigmatic with every passing secret.

But the Kingdom of Flora has its own secrets, from bleeding trees to branded slaves and missing guards. Something is stirring in the land of all that grows, and if Callie isn’t careful, it will claim everything and everyone she loves—and her along with it.


Stats

Page Length: 324
Publication Year:
2017
Genre: 
Fantasy
Characters:  Callie, Des, Temper


Thoughts

I thought this was a very good follow-up to Rhapsodic. I liked how the story carried on right where the other one left off.

Story

The story begins with Callie still trying to accept her physical changes from her time spent with Karnon. Des begins to train Callie in combat and in a bid to make her feel more at home in his world he takes her on a tour of his kingdom.

After visiting many islands in the Kingdom of Night Des and Callie are called to a solstice celebration at the Kingdom of Flora, this where the story really starts to get interesting.

I thought the storyline of this book was very clever, it did keep me guessing until the end, I was not expecting the Thief of Souls to be who he was.

Characters

The shining light of this book was the chemistry and understanding between Des and Callie. I loved reading the banter between them.

I like to take a moment here and talk about Desmond Flynn, this guy is so swoon worthy it’s ridiculous! For a character who is so dark and badass, he says the most romantic things to Callie. I loved that he treats Callie like an equal and actively trains her himself so that she can defend herself. I also like that he embraced her wings and scales even when she herself couldn’t.

“Seven years apart,” he continues, “and the woman you became was a world away from the girl I met.” He tilts my head so that he can look me in the eye. “That only made me want you more. You were both old and new, familiar and exotic, within reach and forbidden. And I wanted you so badly for so long I was sure it would kill me. “And when I look at you even now—especially now—I see one simple truth.” He stops speaking. I sit up a little. “What was the truth?” In the darkness, I can see him staring back down at me. “You are magic, love.”

I really liked Callie’s character development in that she learned to accept herself. Her Siren side is also an absolute pleasure to read. I like how fearless and independent she is. She doesn’t feel the need to hid behind Des, the way she stood up to Mara (The Queen of Flora) was brilliant! This quote right here is a prime example of what I love about her:

“I wrap my own towel the best I can around myself, accidentally plucking a few of my feathers in the process, my eyes fixed on the Bargainer. I am absolutely creeping on this man right now and I have zero regrets.”

I also loved that we got to see more of Temper (Callie’s BFF) in this book. I really enjoy the fierceness of her character.

Favorite Quote:

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Conclusion:

This was a very enjoyable read. If you loved Rhapsodic than this is a must read. I’m super excited that the last book is set to be released this year!

My Rating:  5/5  🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Country Kisses – Addison Moore

Blurb

I fell hard for Cade the moment I met up with those bedroom eyes of his, but it’s not my heart I’m interested in gifting him.

Cade James is my best friend’s brother, well bred and well bed. To him I’m just another plaything, but I can’t blame him for that. I’m not much to look at, and there’s not a man on the planet that would be willing to make me his own.

But Cade is pulling me deeper, asking questions, wanting to know what makes me tick—wanting to know who gave me the scar that takes up the landscape over half my face.

Cade wants far more than what I’m willing to give him. If I let him in, let him into the most sacred chamber of my heart, I might end up with a wound far greater than the one that left that scar.

The wound Cade James has the power to inflict could never heal.


Stats

Page Length: 284
Publication Year:
2015
Genre:  New Adult/ Romance
Characters:  Cassidy, Cade


Thoughts

This is book 8 in the 3: AM Kisses Series. This is one of those books that you when you’re looking for a bit of sweetness and light relief, I really enjoyed the romance between Cassidy and Cade.

Story/ Characters

This story is told in the first person from both Cassidy’s and Cade’s perspectives. Cassidy meets Cade in a bar knowing that he is that he is her roommate/best friends brother. She decides to have hook up with him and have a casual fling with him because in her eyes there is no way he could want anything else with her.

This is because Cassidy has a huge scar on the side of her face from when she was attacked by a dog as a child. Cade, however, doesn’t care about her scars and thinks she is beautiful anyway.

I really enjoyed both Cassidy and Cade’s characters, neither of them was annoying. I love how their feelings for one another developed and I felt that this was paced nicely.

I did think the drama over the fact that Cassidy kept Cade’s sister in the dark a little strange but overall this didn’t really affect my enjoyment of the book.

Favorite Quote:

“I see you—the real you.” His voice softens a bit as he presses me close by the small of my back. Our hips connect, and I would swear on my momma’s soul that sparks just lit up the night sky. There has always been something electric about Cade’s touch. He touches his finger to my chin and sears his gaze over mine. “When I said I love you, I meant it. I love the inside, the outside, and I especially love your heart of fucking gold.”

Conclusion:

This was a real feel-good read if your looking for something that will give you warm and fuzzy feelings then this is defiantly worth a read.

My Rating: 3/5  🌟🌟🌟

Cinderella.com – River Laurent

Blurb

 Once upon a…hot cowboy

Loan sharks are circling, I’ve got my dad’s hospital bills to pay, and my landlord is about to kick me out onto the street.
It’s all doom and gloom until my best friend, Jesse, tells me that she’s found me a job impersonating the famous hotel heiress, Tamara Honeywell.
I get to live on a ranch in Montana for a month and take care of all my money worries. The only snag is I’ll have to have my lips injected, and act like a spoilt, demanding, selfish brat. but, what the hell? Collagen is temporary, and I can act like the world’s most bitchy heiress for a month.

Until I see the jaw-droppingly handsome cowboy who comes to collect me. All flashing eyes, sun drenched skin, steely muscles…and spitting venom. Oops, he can’t stand talentless celebrities. Absolutely hates them. Damn, he looks like he wants to put me over his knee and spank me.

This is going to be interesting!

In Montana it’s not just the sky that’s big. So saddle up for the hottest cowboy that ever walked the pages of a book.


Stats

Page Length: 320
Publication Year: 2017
Genre: Romance
Characters: Cassidy/ Tamara Honeywell  and Lars


Thoughts

If you have been reading my blog pretty regularly then you’ll know I’m a sucker for fairy-tale retellings. This one is slightly more light-hearted and a lot more raunchy than some of the others I have read before.

Story/Characters

This book was a lot of fun to read, I really liked the writing style. It’s told mostly from Cassidy’s Pov with a little of Lars thrown in here and there. It’s told entirely in first person (which I always love)

I liked how it had some elements of Cinderella in there but it didn’t always follow the traditional storyline of the original, which gave it a fresh feel.

I really enjoyed Cassidy character, her sass with Lars was very entertaining especially when she was having to act like Tamara. Her chemistry with him was off the charts!

There wasn’t a lot of character development but that was ok as this I felt this book’s focus was more to do with the romance between the two main characters.

Favorite Quote:

“Watching her becomes my entire world. It’s amazing how a single person can be so damned beautiful” 

Conclusion:

I really liked this story, if you’re looking for something light-hearted with lots of romance this is for you.

My Rating:  4/5  🌟🌟🌟🌟

A Court of Wings and Ruin – Sarah J. Maas

Blurb

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.


Stats

Page Length: 699
Publication Year: 2017
Genre:  Fantasy, New Adult, Romance
Characters:  Feyre, Tamlin, Lucian, Rhysand, Nesta, Elaine, Mor, Cassian, Azriel and Amren


Thoughts

WOW!!! That was most definitely worth the wait! This book was such an emotional rollercoaster and I loved every single damn page 😊

Story

I thought the story had great flow and was written really well. Feyre spent just the right amount of time at the spring court, I was a bit worried she was going to be there for ages. I loved how BA Fayre was in this book.

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A Court of Thorns & Roses – Sarah J. Maas

Blurb

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.


STATS

Page Length:  421
Publication Year:  2015
Genre: Fantasy, New Adult, Romance
Characters: Feyre, Tamlin, Lucian, Amarantha, Rhysand, Nesta, Elaine etc


Thoughts

I’m so excited to be reviewing this book! A bit of background, I first heard about this book back in May/June 2016 when it started blowing up on social media. I think I spotted it Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Facebook Group. Anyway, I’m a huge sucker for retellings so I added it to my TBR list which is where is sat for a couple of months I don’t think I read it until late July/Early August! This was probably the best reading decisions I made in 2016, it’s seriously one of my all time favorites now! 😊

Story

This story is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, the original story not the Disney version! It’s written entirely from Feyres POV, in the first person. The writing of this book is magnificent! It’s filled with in-depth and rich descriptions. It’s just so beautifully done!

Characters

Feyre is a deeply complex and dynamic character. She has had a lot of responsibility thrust on her at a really young age, she is strong in a quiet way but she is also a bit naïve. Due to the fact she has been the sole reason for the continued survival of her family it’s clear that she has been starved of love and affection.

“I found him carefully studying me, his lips in a thin line. “Has anyone ever taken care of you?” he asked quietly.
“No.” I’d long since stopped feeling sorry for myself about it.”

One of the things that I really liked about her is that she is as ballsy as hell!

“Do you ever stop being so serious and dull?”
“Do you ever stop being such a prick?” I snapped back.
Dead—really, truly, I should have been dead for that.
But Lucien grinned at me. “Much better.”

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FIRSTLIFE – Gena Showalter

Blurb

ONE CHOICE.
TWO REALMS.
NO SECOND CHANCE.

Tenley “Ten” Lockwood is an average seventeen-year-old girl…who has spent the past thirteen months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers, but her refusal to let her parents choose where she’ll live—after she dies.

There is an eternal truth most of the world has come to accept: Firstlife is merely a dress rehearsal, and real life begins after death.

In the Everlife, two realms are in power: Troika and Myriad, longtime enemies and deadly rivals. Both will do anything to recruit Ten, including sending their top Laborers to lure her to their side. Soon, Ten finds herself on the run, caught in a wild tug-of-war between the two realms who will do anything to win the right to her soul. Who can she trust? And what if the realm she’s drawn to isn’t home to the boy she’s falling for? She just has to stay alive long enough to make a decision…


STATS

Page Length: 467
Publication Year: 2016
Genre: Fantasy/Dystopia/Young Adult
Characters: Ten, Killian and Archer (aka Bow)


Story/ Characters

I liked the concept of this story, I thought it was different. However, I find it very slow going some chapters felt like they went on forever. The story seemed like it was dragged out far longer than it should have been which made me feel a little disconnected to the story. Halfway through the book, I was reading it more to get it finished and not because I was enjoying the story.

To begin with, I liked Ten’s character, she is ballsy and can look out for herself. But towards the end she really started to annoy me, with the whole I don’t know what side to choose, I need more time to make my decision blah blah blah. She has been locked in an asylum for the last 13months surely that’s more than an enough time to make a choice.

I much preferred Archer when he was a girl (Bow), I have no problems with the gender switch but they felt like two different people after the switch.

I can honestly say I felt nothing for Killian. He was an ok character he had a pretty sad background but I didn’t really understand or connect to him at all.

Favorite Quote:

“You saved me from the worst kind of death, as if you breathed into me my very first breath. You, Archer Prince, oh, how you shine. Now and forever, you’ll always be mine. I’ll miss you, dear Bow, for the short time we’re apart.” My chin trembles as I say, “Take care of this gift…for I give you my heart. You are loved, I love you. Because of you, I’ve been made new”

Conclusion:

This wasn’t a bad book, I felt it was actually really well written. I just don’t think it was 100% to my taste, I do like my books to have a bit more romance in them and I think that’s what I missed the most. So if you enjoy a story that focus’s more on the action and drama side of things that this is defiantly for you.

My Rating:  3/5 🌟🌟🌟

Wild Kisses – Addison Moore

Blurb

Piper thinks Owen Vincent is a tool. Once they finish up with their internship she never wants to see him again.

Piper James’ first year at Whitney Briggs is starting off great, new friends, a potential sorority, and plenty of guys to choose from. Once she secures a spot in Alpha Chi, she’ll have the greatest freshman year on record.

But it just takes one look at the Alpha Chi “hit list” of things she needs to do to get in and she know there’s trouble—and trouble’s name is Owen Vincent.

Taming a player sounds impossible. Owen is the only player she knows and he certainly fits the bill, cocky, too many notches to count on his bedpost, and an aversion to relationships.

Making Owen believe she wants him is pretty low, even if this entire fling is just a means to an end. But now she can’t stop thinking about him. Yeah, he thinks he’s God’s gift to women, but now a part of her is kind of starting to agree. Girls are still dripping all over him like honey. Piper thinks there’s no way he’d be interested in a commitment with her. Maybe Alpha Chi isn’t what she wants. Maybe it’s Owen?

It’s a brand new year at Whitney Briggs and things are about to get wild.


STATS

Page Length: 297
Publication Year: 2015
Genre: New adult/Romance
Characters: Piper, Owen


Yes this is the seventh book, I have read  a few of the others. The thing I love about this series is that each book can be read as a stand alone which also means you don’t have to read them in order.

Story: 

This is told from both Piper and Owen’s POVs in the first person.

I enjoyed the romance between the two main characters, it was a tad fast though and I would have enjoyed a bit more build up to it.

The book does heavily reference the book that came before it but it’s done so in a way that you don’t have to have read it to know what’s going on.

I really wanted to love this book, I’ve read the few that came before it and they were all really good. But this one felt a little empty I feel like there should have been more story.

Characters:

I liked how head-strong Piper was, she wasn’t afraid to stand up for herself especially when it came to the bitches who ran the sorority that she was trying to get in. I also liked how she didn’t need Owen to fight her battles for her.

I have conflicted feelings for Owen, mainly because I don’t really feel anything for him. Sure he is a nice enough character but I don’t feel he had much depth to him.

Favorite Quote:

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Conclusion:

I think the fact that I have read the first few books and therefore had high expectations, is probably what made this book a bit of s disappointment for me. In hindsight, had I read this one first I probably would have like it more.

However, I would still say it’s worth a read, especially if you enjoy college romances and stories that feature bitchy sororities.

My Rating:  3/5 🌟🌟🌟