Archive | April 2020

Tell Me Pretty Lies by Charleigh Rose–Review

It seems to be that there is a running theme for 2019-2020. Bully romances. Now in real life, I don’t condone bullying, but in my fantasy book land, I love bully romances. Did I also mention that I love stepbrother romances and no I don’t have a stepbrother, I just love taboo stories as well. Charleigh Rose sent out another bully romance, Tell Me Pretty Lies, that focus on Thayer and Shayne.

Ms. Rose is known to have characters that have a labyrinth of emotions, angsty and dramatic. She never disappoints in that ‘sizzle effect’ of her characters. There will be full on steam, so you might need a rag for your glasses.

We first meet Thayer and Shayne after having to attend a funeral. Despite having over elevated emotions from the day, we are introduced to who Thayer and Shayne are together. Something happens and the story takes off from there.

“He’s just a boy you used to know. You will not fall apart at the sight of him.”

Shayne is not only the unfortunate recipient of being bullied, but only has herself to rely on. Thayer is an over privileged teenager with little parental guidance and broody as all get out. The thing about Thayer is he has so many layers to his broodiness, how does one tell what’s real and what’s not real?

Charleigh wrote a book that displayed this back and forth tension between them all the while maintaining teenage angst and steaminess. Despite this, I felt that I wanted just a wee bit more. Possibly some more nuggets of information regarding their pasts or why their parents were so sketchy and secretive and maybe, just maybe a second epilogue.

“Finding a love like ours is like catching lightning in a bottle. And I’m never letting go.”

Another huge positive in this book is the secondary characters. Specifically, Holden. Oh my gosh, that guy just had me hooked and secretly I’m hoping, praying and crossing everything I can to get his book.

If angst, drama, steam all rolled up in a teenage, bully romance is your jam. Tell Me Pretty Lies should be your next read.

“So innocent. So pure. But they don’t know what you like to do with your stepbrother in the dark.”

Bury Me With Lies by S.M. Soto–Blog tour

Bury Me With Lies (Twin Lies Duet #2) by S.M. Soto
Release Date: April 6th

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Some secrets are better left buried…

Stuck between life and death, Mackenzie is hell-bent on proving her innocence, and getting revenge on the men who murdered her sister. With one series of unfortunate events after another, Mackenzie must outrun her own fate—death.

When secrets unravel and lies become twisted betrayals, Mackenzie finds herself in more danger than she could’ve realized. Her only saving grace is Baz, the elusive playboy she’s given her heart to. But will placing her trust in a man like Baz be her downfall?


About the Author:
S.M. Soto was born and raised in Northern, California where she currently resides with her son. Her love for reading began when she was a young girl and has only continued to grow into adulthood. S.M. lives for reading books in the romance genre and writing novels with relatable characters. She refers to herself as a bit of a romance junkie. S.M. loves to connect with readers and eat copious of donuts that will surely lead to her demise.

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Madame Temptress by Meghan March–Review

If there was one thing that you needed to know about Meghan March, is that the girl can write! Amazing and flawless are two words to look up in the dictionary and you will find a picture of her next to each word. The Magnolia Duet is her most recent work of art which proves her writing is amazing, flawless and absolute perfection!

Madam Temptress is the second book in the duet about Moses and Magnolia. It was everything Creole Kingpin was with just a splash more juju juice to keep you turning the page, a hearty chug of love and sprinkle of danger to round out a book that you lose track of time.


I love, adored and looked up to Magnolia in Creole Kingpin and that was the same sentiment in Madame Temptress. There is one addition that I don’t want to give away, but I will say, she became a more well-rounded and trusting individual. It was incredible to see the transformation in her while retaining her spitfire and spunky personality.

Moses. What can I say about Moses? I fricking loved him in MT. I don’t know if I was skeptical with his character in Creole Kingpin, but he completely 100% won my heart over so much that I want a Moses in my life. The depths that he will go to show his love, affection, dedication and be the rock that Magnolia has been looking for her whole life.

“Beauty and brains. A deadly combination. There will never be another woman like you, Magnolia. Never.”

If you’re a fan of the ‘Mount Trilogy’, you’ll be happy to know that Mount and Keira make a presence in Madame Temptress. Meghan perfectly intertwined their presence in scenes without over shadowing Magnolia and Moses. It was an incredible follow-up to see where they are now, and I wouldn’t mind having more of them in my life.

“I f@cking love you, Keira Mount. You are my life. And Rory is my heart. And, God f@cking damn it, I have Magnolia to thank for all of it, despite how livid I am.”

The Magnolia duet was a series of books that swept me away in a cloud of danger, lust, love, mystery and intrigue. Meghan’s description of New Orleans was so encompassing, that I felt like I was back in the French Quarter. Smelling the beignets and chicory coffee, seeing the street artists and tarot card readers, and hearing the music from a second line or a Dixieland band. Magnolia, Moses and company are a force to reckoned with. Without a doubt a 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐read!!

“You’re never gonna be alone again, mama. Whatever comes, we handle it together. That’s how it works from here on out. We’re a team, and I’m not letting anything happen to you. I waited too damn long for my second chance to risk throwing it all away. “


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Stealing Cinderella by A. Zavarelli–Review

Remember as a child, being told stories of different fairytales. One in particular (if you’re a girl) is the story of Cinderella. From that animated Disney movie to movies aimed at high schoolers taking a different take but was Cinderella all the same.

Stealing Cinderella may have ‘her’ (Cinderella’s) name in the title, but this is by no means that Disney version. Ella has not had an easy life. After her father’s death, she is forced to become the character that must do all the grunt work in the house. Her stepmother and stepsisters have no allegiance to Ella and in fact enjoy making her life miserable every chance they can.


Now there are no mice or pumpkins in this story, but the fairy godmother comes in the form of Ella’s best friend, Charlotte. Charlotte is unable to attend the ball, which will be hosting many of the world’s Princes’. One in attendance is Thorson, who is there very reluctantly. Through a series of mishaps Ella and Thorson meet. For once, Thorson feels something in that cold, dead and black heart of his. The adventure begins when he must find her after the ball.

Now keep in mind, the stepmother/sisters are vicious and vile people. They have no morals and will slither in wherever the most profitable advantage is for them. So, between sweet Ella and the vile steps, who is going to slide right into the Princes’ arms?
Thorson is a completely lovable hero, however, dark his needs and fantasies are. Major trauma happened to him when he was a child and he has had to carry that burden into his early adulthood. As damaged and complex as he is, he is feeling a certain way towards Ella and doesn’t know how to make sense of it. Thorson is the new dark and unsettled hero.

I did end up really liking this book, but I must admit that there were some cringe worthy moments. My reaction was similar to nails on a chalkboard. Now, in reading, this analogy may sound negative, but it’s not meant to be that way. There are scenes you may not like or disagree with, but that is what makes Stealing Cinderella such a good dark romance. You should be uncomfortable, questioning yourself and thinking, ‘oh no, they didn’t’. For this I applaud A. Zavarelli. This is a wonderful dark re-telling of Cinderella that has captured my mind despite having read it a few days ago.