Archive | December 2019

Interpreter (Commandeer in Briefs series #4) by Kristy Marie

Interpreter is part of Kristy’s, Commandeer in Briefs series, about Timaeus Lambros. I didn’t fully understand how addicting, emotional, love bubble absorbing, and fulfilling Tim’s story was going to be.

Kristy writes with such force that you are emotionally driven while reading. These emotions can range from all out comedy, drowning in tears or an overall feeling of satisfaction. It is hot, spicy, and heartwarming. Interpreter hits on all these points and then some.

When reading any book from the CIB series, you just get this feeling like you are returning home. The boys and girls are written so that you feel that you are part of this wonderfully inclusive club, where no one is biologically related, but every single one of these characters is your brother or sister. Tim is no exception.

Timaeus is one of the Marine veterans that Anniston had picked up in Commandeer in Briefs. He has always been somewhat reserved and in Interpreter, we find out why. When Tim is going through an upheaval in every aspect of his life, his ‘family’ is there for him, including Aspen (who is ABSOLUTELY adorable throughout this book). Aspen is the one thing to help Tim begin to accept what is going on in his life. With the rest of his family, he begins to step out into the real world again and it is through this that he meets Milah.

Milah is a delight. She is feisty, driven, adorable, quirky, and in a bind. She is completely lovable with all her idiosyncrasies. Milah is family oriented, has a certain affinity to a little boy named Oliver, and a deeper appreciation for the hearing impaired and ASL speaking community. Through all her Costa Rican feistiness, she is truly a teddy bear inside, albeit a feisty teddy bear.

I’ve already alluded to some secondary characters in this book but haven’t touched on all of them. Milah’s best friend, Felipe, is a character. He is there to help her, whether that be with fashion tips, men, or reality checks. I think everyone should have a friend like Felipe! The boys of the foundation, along with there significant others are hysterical. They bring so much comedy, it’s nice to revisit with them and their usual banter.

Kristy brought her all when she wrote Interpreter. Interpreter is without a doubt, hands down my favorite book. I still love Cade and his story, Gorgeous, but Tim is magical. She has totally hit it out of the park with Interpreter. I fully believe that this is her best book yet. You will be in for a treat!!

Chasing the Butterflies by Monica James– Review

 

”An epic love story of two broken people who battled against all odds and found love…”

We all read books for different reasons. Humor to decrease the gravity of a bad day. Psychological thriller to scare you, Drama, because sometimes it’s always nice to read about somebody else’s drama rather than your own in real life. But what happens if you read a book and have no idea why you’re reading it, yet it fills you up so completely that you didn’t know you were missing something? Chasing the Butterflies is that kind of book for me. I really didn’t know what I was getting into when reading it, but I read the blurb and was instantly intrigued.

What happens when four little words changes your whole life? Victoria (Tori) gets to experience the joy of hearing her boyfriend say, ‘Will you marry me’. For both parties, it is an extremely emotional experience, however, this feeling is overshadowed by a horribly tragic event in her life. Through this event, Tori meets Jude and there is an instant connection, a tethering of two souls to each other. The roller coaster ride that Tori and Jude take you on is utterly magical. This power couple will always have a piece of my heart.

I’m writing this review the next morning and I am still overwhelmed with emotions. CTB is unlike anything I have ever read. I cried (a lot) while reading and even through the end of the day yesterday. CTB was a cleansing experience. There are twists and turns that will not only come out of nowhere but will make you go back a little and re-read to make sure you read it right.

Monica James is a wizard when it comes to words and her writing. Chasing the Butterflies was ethereal and hauntingly beautiful. She will make you believe in true love and soulmates. The plot line is enormously devastating, yet you will believe that love wins in the end. I wish that I could completely express how much I loved this book, but I fear I could never truly do it justice. I will say one thing I learned was, if you stay true to who you are and what you believe in, love will always win.

“Don’t hide who you are, butterfly.” “Why butterfly?” “Because I can’t wait to watch you spread your wings and fly.”

Tori and Jude are the main characters in this story, but by mentioning how great they are, I need to do a little nod to the secondary characters. Particularly Angus and Charley. Angus, oh my heavens, Angus. Adorable, charming, scene stealer, sweetheart and completely loveable. You will love reading about this little man. Charley is the perfect sidekick with some much-needed comedy relief.

Ms. James left me sobbing, wrecked, emotionally drained, slightly off kilter and completely and totally in love with her and her book. A true ‘Best of 2019’ book that deserves a lot more than 5 stars. If you have never read a Monica James book, truly, do yourself a favor and read this one. It will be a life altering read.

“It’s been said the simple flutter of a butterfly’s wing can cause chaos halfway across the world.”

Honorable Mention Quotes:

“The butterflies.” “I know you felt them…because I felt them, too.”

“I want you to know that. No one has ever fought for me. I was never someone’s reason to live. Thank you for making me yours.”

“He doesn’t make me feel different—he makes me feel special.”

Enemies by Tijan–Review

Tijan for me is one of those ‘crack’ authors. I can never get enough, and I need more. So, when it came time to read all I knew were two things. 1) main characters were enemies and 2) it was a sports ‘romance’. Sometimes, I like to go into a book not expecting anything, it allows a full impression and not jumping ahead in my mind, waiting for something expected to happen.

To be honest, I wasn’t quite feeling the beginning. It was a little stunted/choppy. I’m not sure why, because all the great elements are there, along with Tijan’s unique writing style. I am happy to announce that this feeling didn’t last long, and I was sucked in from that point forward. This is something that I don’t experience a lot considering there are so many phenomenal writers out there.

My favorite Tijan books are the Fallen Crest High series and the spin-offs. They are OUT OF THIS WORLD and re-readable often. Why am I mentioning this, because it’s hard to look at Stone and not think of Mason and Logan. I love Stone. Despite being enemies, he was redeemable in his enemy status and turns into more of a true hero.

Dusty. For me, Dusty was a hard character to vibe with. She has had so much trauma and hardships in her life, it felt like a ‘check off’ list. In the beginning, she is a mess and is trying to get her life together. By the end, she has transformed into a tough and strong character. She achieves this on her own, yet if it wasn’t for Stone and the non-verbal communication that they share, it may have taken Dusty to get there.

If you don’t know me, I am an epilogue whore. I can’t get enough of them. Enemies was blessed with two epilogues and they were ah-maz-ing!!

Tijan for me is one of those ‘crack’ authors. I can never get enough, and I need more. So, when it came time to read all I knew were two things. 1) main characters were enemies and 2) it was a sports ‘romance’. Sometimes, I like to go into a book not expecting anything, it allows a full impression and not jumping ahead in my mind, waiting for something expected to happen.
To be honest, I wasn’t quite feeling the beginning. It was a little stunted/choppy. I’m not sure why, because all the great elements are there, along with Tijan’s unique writing style. I am happy to announce that this feeling didn’t last long, and I was sucked in from that point forward. This is something that I don’t experience a lot considering there are so many phenomenal writers out there.
My favorite Tijan books are the Fallen Crest High series and the spin-offs. They are OUT OF THIS WORLD and re-readable often. Why am I mentioning this, because it’s hard to look at Stone and not think of Mason and Logan. I love Stone. Despite being enemies, he was redeemable in his enemy status and turns into more of a true hero.
Dusty. For me, Dusty was a hard character to vibe with. She has had so much trauma and hardships in her life, it felt like a ‘check off’ list. In the beginning, she is a mess and is trying to get her life together. By the end, she has transformed into a tough and strong character. She achieves this on her own, yet if it wasn’t for Stone and the non-verbal communication that they share, it may have taken Dusty to get there.
If you don’t know me, I am an epilogue whore. I can’t get enough of them. Enemies was blessed with two epilogues and they were ah-maz-ing!!

Tijan for me is one of those ‘crack’ authors. I can never get enough, and I need more. So, when it came time to read all I knew were two things. 1) main characters were enemies and 2) it was a sports ‘romance’. Sometimes, I like to go into a book not expecting anything, it allows a full impression and not jumping ahead in my mind, waiting for something expected to happen.

To be honest, I wasn’t quite feeling the beginning. It was a little stunted/choppy. I’m not sure why, because all the great elements are there, along with Tijan’s unique writing style. I am happy to announce that this feeling didn’t last long, and I was sucked in from that point forward. This is something that I don’t experience a lot considering there are so many phenomenal writers out there.

My favorite Tijan books are the Fallen Crest High series and the spin-offs. They are OUT OF THIS WORLD and re-readable often. Why am I mentioning this, because it’s hard to look at Stone and not think of Mason and Logan. I love Stone. Despite being enemies, he was redeemable in his enemy status and turns into more of a true hero.

Dusty. For me, Dusty was a hard character to vibe with. She has had so much trauma and hardships in her life, it felt like a ‘check off’ list. In the beginning, she is a mess and is trying to get her life together. By the end, she has transformed into a tough and strong character. She achieves this on her own, yet if it wasn’t for Stone and the non-verbal communication that they share, it may have taken Dusty to get there.

If you don’t know me, I am an epilogue whore. I can’t get enough of them. Enemies was blessed with two epilogues and they were ah-maz-ing!!

Primitivo by Rose Croft–Review

44317147._SY475_We first saw Emilio in his brother’s book, Cabezon. While we did get a nice introduction to him and the Mendoza family, it wasn’t until I read Primitivo that I was seriously hooked on Emilio. I loved Dani and Vince in Cabezon, but Primitivo just drove the nail home with how much I love the whole entire Mendoza-Garcia family.

It’s safe to say that the Mendoza clan have not had an easy start in life. They have had to endure more by the age of 18 than most of us in all our lives.

In reading Cabezon, I thought I had read my favorite male character, Vince. I was wrong. I still love Vince (& Dani), but I adore Emilio. Is it the ovaries bursting, because your reading about a hot dad and his son? It doesn’t hurt, but I don’t know. Is it the love that he evokes so much with the care that he has for his family? Could be. Is it the fact that he is completely alpha and is willing to protect and stand up for those he loves? Sure, doesn’t hurt, but if you combine all these, you have one incredibly lovable Hero.

Sofia. Sofi’s story is gut-wrenching and heart twisting, knowing that many people go through what she had to endure. Despite how she initially handled things, she is completely 100% dedicated to her family. Sofi proves that sometimes you need to leave the ones you love, in order to protect them. My heart bled for her.

There is one other character that needs to be talked about, because this is as much his story as it is Emilio and Sofia’s. Eric, Emilio and Sofia’s son. Eric is a joy to read about. He is super intuitive, incredibly heartwarming, make you go gaga with one word and a reaction. He is truly an amalgamation of his mother and father.

I have read every book of Rose’s since High School Lover with Andrew and Loren. As her writing progresses you can feel the heart, soul, and passion that she puts into every single one of her characters. It is shown all throughout Primitivo and through that passion I, as the reader, get to receive the benefits of that. That being the incredible writing, the passion from every character, and the love of an incredible book.

father and baby