Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Book Review: Stroke of Midnight by Bella Lane

Stroke of Midnight: Halloween Party Series (AB Shared World)Stroke of Midnight: Halloween Party Series by Bella Lane
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely love short and sweet little reads. This one was both with a little bit of mystery and danger thrown in.

Roman and Jessi had a one night stand, which was never supposed to be a one night stand to Roman, years ago. He left quickly and never told Jessi why (but why didn’t anyone else explain it to her?), but now he’s back and ready to make things right. However, Jessi is in a tough spot and needs the help of the police. Enter the new police chief – Roman.He must now keep her safe, solve the mystery, and earn her trust back. It seems like a lot; can he achieve it all in this book?

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Saturday, November 26, 2022

Book Review: Promised Love by Vikki Jay

Promised LovePromised Love by Vikki Jay
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lukas always had a mysterious vibe in the Teager Brothers’ books. You could easily tell when reading those that he had some secrets and I am so glad that Vikki waited until this book to unleash them all. Lukas definitely deserved his own book instead of just being “Zane’s best friend”.

Lukas and Autumn’s story started off unconventionally. As in an unconventional reasoning for an arranged marriage (it was refreshing for it to be a different reason than every other arranged marriage book I had read). They got married when Autumn was just eighteen and knew their marriage had an expiration date. It was so enjoyable watching these two as they dealt with their emotions and the fact they were falling in love with each other. Could Lukas move past his past to claim an incredible future?

I love the characters, as well as some of the side characters. I feel like Autumn has just always been here. I love this world so much! This is another amazing read!

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Thursday, November 24, 2022

Book Review: Sitting Pretty by Kameron Claire

Sitting PrettySitting Pretty by Kameron Claire
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

One thing I can always count on when reading a Kameron Claire book: it will be a great short read. I absolutely love reading her books because they are good for those times I can read but don’t have a lot of time in the sitting. I usually can finish one of her books in one short sitting, two max. There are always good well-developed characters and some insta-love. Lucas is a personal trainer at a lush gym. He also offered some “off the clock personal time” for some clients. Aila is a fashion youtuber and runs an online plus-size boutique. She is new in town and trying out the gyms in the area. Lucas has insta-lust as soon as he sees her. However, Aila is skeptical; she’s seen those curvy fetish men before. The two try to overcome what they see as obstacles in their could-be relationship. I love Aila! The confidence she has in herself is inspiring.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Book Review: High Stakes by Freya Barker

High Stakes (High Mountain Trackers Book 2)High Stakes by Freya Barker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the second book in the High Mountain Trackers series. I personally liked this story a lot better than the first (and that’s saying something because I liked the first one a lot). There was just something about Nella and Fletch’s story that drew me in from the beginning and kept me entranced the entire book. I loved Nella’s knack for always getting herself into dangerous situations and needing Fletch to come save her. The added suspense of “Where is Pippa (Nella’s sister)?” and “Who is involved in this mystery?” were just icing on the cake. A good love story and a good mystery? This book checked off both boxes. I loved seeing the characters from Book 1 in this book and can’t wait for the rest of the Trackers to get their stories.

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Monday, November 7, 2022

Book Review: Sins of the Orchid by Eva Winners

Sins of the OrchidSins of the Orchid by Eva Winners
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Eva Winners has become one of my favorite authors ever. I loved her Belles and Mobsters series and then I read this one which is independent of that series. That’s when I knew that no matter what Eva wrote, I’d read it. I don’t think she can write anything I don’t like.

I loved the way Eva wrote the book from the very beginning – when Amore first met Santi and his family. The progression through their relationship – first when she was just his brother’s best friend and he was her protector to both realizing they loved the other was perfection.

Then the twist… the reason Amore’s life changed when she was 13… it was mainly predictable. Especially if you’ve read enough of Eva’s books to get a feel for how her writings work. But, even though it’s predictable, it still shocks you because you can’t believe it actually happened that way.

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Saturday, October 1, 2022

Book Review: Give Me Love by Corinne Michaels

Give Me LoveGive Me Love by Corinne Michaels
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I had been waiting for this book since the end of Help Me Remember. The ending of that book brought us to the opening of this book.

We’ve learned that Emmett is married and apparently no one in his inner circle was aware of it. His wife, Blakely, was his best friend in the military and their marriage was more of the “on paper, of convenience” variety. However, Blakely is investigating a missing girl and her investigation leads her to Rose Canyon and Emmett.

They both have unresolved feelings about what happened two years ago. And they both love the other and are trying to deny it.

Now, I almost rage quit reading this at 67%. I was ready to call it a day and give the book 3 stars and move on to the next on my TBR list. Not because of the writing or even the plot as a whole. I just didn’t like the twist that was thrown at me and I decided to act like a toddler that was told no. However, I eventually thought “maybe it won’t be so bad” so I kept reading and at 80% my rage was gone. When I tell you my emotions were everywhere, my emotions were everywhere. I was happy, mad, angry, shocked, happy, shocked. I went through it all sometimes more than once.

Of course the epilogue sets us up for the next book and I can’t wait to read that one.

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Friday, September 30, 2022

Book Review: Brutal Intentions by Lilith Vincent

Brutal IntentionsBrutal Intentions by Lilith Vincent
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Two tropes I hate: cheating and step-anything with step-anything. So why did I read this? The blurb made it sound a little too good to pass up. This book with two tropes I hate ended up being a high 4 (around 4.5, maybe 4.6) stars for me. Crazy…

Laz, the MMC is married to Giulia and the step-father to her 3 daughters. Mia, the MFC is the youngest daughter and still lives at home with her mom and step-dad. Laz is essentially being controlled by his brothers. He is also very juvenile in his behavior. I was put off by it at first but then equated it with him acting just as he’s treated. I feel like even his wife treats him like a juvenile.

I feel bad for Mia. She is treated so badly by… well, everyone. I love the relationship she has with her one sister, Rieta (and what's the story with Rieta and her husband? There is definitely a story there).

Ok, so on to the actual story. Mia is 18 and still in high school. Laz is 29. They have a hate/love relationship. Mia has a secret which Laz finds out and uses against her. The steamy scenes were great. Laz’s brothers have demands of him but he’s not interested… at least not the exact demands. He has his own plan. And it’s a doozy. He lost points with me with that plan.

The ending was perfect and a great conclusion to their story. The only reason I didn’t give this a 5 is because of how immature Laz was for about 85% of the book.

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