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Forbidden Fate by Mary Catherine Gebhard–Review

My previous review of ‘Whoa, just whoa” still stands strong. It is been a few days since I reached ‘The End’ and I am still gob smacked! I was so anxiously excited to read Forbidden Fate with Gray and Story that when I got FF it was a ‘don’t bother me, leave me alone and no phone use’ scenario. Forbidden Fate just cemented my love for them, along with one of my ‘Best of 2020’.

Going into FF, I knew that MCG would take us on a ride. She is a master at delivering all the feels, but in a non-conventional way. I found myself going in with some pre-conceived notions on where she will take us next. What I did not expect was the path she took us on to get to ‘The End’. Just when you think you might have an idea where this will end up, she will take you on another twist and turn. Beware!

Through MCG’s excellent writing, I felt transported into the storyline. I knew, I just knew, that there was going to be angst, heart in your throat, moments of disbelief, tears, and many episodes of hot passion for Gray and Story. MCG did not disappoint. Forbidden Fate has all the feels!! It was perfectly imperfect!!!

Bona Fide (Illusive duet, book 2) by Hazel Grace–Review

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I have read all of Hazel Grace’s books, starting with Arranged (Array Series 1) and have seen the progression of her writing increase with each book. This writing is completely at its best in the Illusive duet.

Catfish, book 1, knocked me off my seat onto my ‘bass’😉. I was sucked in from the word Prologue. Wade has been my man since that first paragraph (sorry Dee. You get him first, but I also lay claim to him😉😂). Catfish was one heck of a ride, that I was not ready for, but COMPLETELY loved!

So, Bona Fide comes out and I thought, ‘what is the cliffhanger queen going to do to us now’? Simple answer, a lot!! If you were looking for an easy wrap up with a cute little bow, go someplace else. You will not find that here. Now, it does not mean that there may/may not be a HEA involved, that is for you to find out. It just means in either scenario, HEA or no HEA, you will be taken on a ride.

Bona Fide continues with the ever-tumultuous Reagan and Wade. Reagan is spicy, hot, not a pushover, can take care of herself and confident. She is full of witty comebacks, which had me snickering throughout the book. This does not mean that there was not angst and drama going on. At times, I felt like I needed to cut through it with a knife.
Wade has a whole other journey going on, his political journey and how to not become just another politician. When you think of the word politician, what are some things you think of? Confident, charming, relatable, goal-oriented, uncomplicated, and fearless come to mind? What about negative characteristics or people’s perception of them? Corrupt, dishonest, unethical, greedy, selfish, and bad judgment, to name a few! I will not give away what Wade does or who he is, but I will say, you really begin to feel the amount of pressure that is on his shoulders and how he tries to maintain the man beneath the political shroud. There are many things going on with Wade, but overall, you can feel how incredible of a MC he is. It truly is hard not to fall in love with him.

Hazel Grace is blossoming into an incredible author. Catfish/Bona Fide is evidence of that. There are massive amounts of angst, boat loads of drama, sprinkled with some comedic laughs and bucket loads full of hot, sexy, and romantic times. I HIGHLY recommend this series!!

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Blowback by Monica James–Review

The Monsters Within Duet deserves something special to be said about it. Quick refresher, I absolutely loved, adored and salivated for Bullseye. Ms. James wrote something exceptional with book one. So, the question is, ‘How do you follow up with such perfection of Bullseye?’ Simple. You write a kick*ss, soul encompassing, gut twisting, emotionally sucking book two. Welcome to Blowback.

Now, Blowback picks up right where it left off in Bullseye. The intensity, passion and of course, the dark and twisted all remain. Monica did a fantastic job of engulfing you into the dark, seedy, twisted underground of Detroit. It was easy to not only feel as if you were there, but to visualize the story happening around you almost as if you were experiencing everything in Virtual Reality.

Bull and Tiger are an intriguing pair of emotionally stunted individuals who have had to learn hard life lessons and most importantly, a human representation of yin yang. Each have issues, but one thing they do know is that a certain calm flows through them when they are together. They are electric and able to soar when they are together, yet when apart they fall flat and are left to keep the demons at bay the only way they know how. Bull and Tiger not only make an insane coupling, but they are the piece missing to make each other whole (with a little Fluffball thrown in😉).

Bull…Bull is still this fierce mastermind, enigmatic, anti-hero with thoughts of revenge. Lily is caring, kind and sees the best in people. She receives an awakening of sorts and then we get to see Tiger Lily at her fiercest. The things that she would do for the ones she loves made her strong, fierce and a true kick*ss heroine. I loved to see the expansion of her personality and the fierce heart she has inside.

Although, non-conventional, their love, friendship and relationship are what one dreams about. Who needs Prince Charming when you have the Black Knight riding through town to save not only his one true love, but the person who saved him?

I am completely addicted to Monica James and her writing style. Her heroes are broken yet fierce. The heroines seem to evolve and find themselves. Tiger completely fit the bill with her rough and tough tenacity, sweet nature and finally, her ferociousness. Bull and Tiger will be a couple that will not leave my mind very soon. I’ve laughed, cried, screamed, and pulled a tantrum having to step away from my kindle. Yet, overall, though, I loved. I loved fiercely with a consistent storyline, all plot holes and questions answered, characters that were so much more than one-dimensional and most importantly, I loved Bull, Tiger and Jordy. These characters will not leave my psyche for an exceptionally long time!! Congratulations, Ms. James, on a fabulous book!!

Falcon’s Prey by C. Lymari–Review

Miss Lymari is a new to me author and what a way to Initiate me into her world. I have heard that Falcon’s Prey is her first foray into a dark romance. If this is the case, hello, sign me up for more.

Falcon’s Prey is unlike anything I have read before. It is everything you would want in a dark read. It is wicked, delicious, mysterious, and filled with heart stopping drama and thrills. The overall storyline is incredibly addicting. I completely lost track of time and space and if it was not for my hubs/dogs, I probably would have just kept reading. The plotline that she has mapped out was brilliant!

C. Lymari had a perfect blend of characters. Ren😍, oh Ren, he is a jerk and Ember is truly a bitch, but this is what works for them (besides exterior beauty/hotness) is the combustible nature that they exude. They are both hiding secrets and mix this in with their personalities and you get an explosive couple. Their storyline is somewhat relatable. Am I a spoiled, misunderstood, and selfish diamond princess? No, I am not, but it is the situational and emotional aspects of this book that make it relatable to people (the same goes for Mr. Ren Falcon).

“Ren Falcon wasn’t a great guy–h*ll he wasn’t even a good guy. He was an a**hole, but he was worried about me.”

Now if you are into the ‘sweet, make you feel good romances’, this may not be the book for you, but is you’ve been dying to step into the dark pool, Falcon’s Prey, may be right for you. Overall, I loved every aspect of this book. I was peeved and wanted to throw my kindle, I also wanted to be their personal cheerleader and of course, I thought I was their personal six, but that was only in my mind. Falcon’s Prey is worth every star!!

“Ember Remington was beauty wrapped in sadness and sealed with hatred.”

Creole Kingpin by Meghan March–Review

So, it’s been a little bit of a hot minute since I read a Meghan March book and all I have to say is, ‘why did it take me so long to read another one of her books?’ I was intrigued and shook by all that was happening in this book. I was sucked in and engrossed from beginning to end.

Creole Kingpin is set in good ole NOLA. The sights and sounds that describe within brought me right back to my time in New Orleans. Psst…Meghan, thanks for the memories! 😉😉 Our main characters are, Magnolia and Moses. To say these two had a past is a wee bit of an understatement. It may not have been long in time frame but it was intense.

“A beautiful woman who plays chess like a master. I never guessed that’d be so damn sexy or my greatest weakness.”

Fast forward fifteen years and these once former pals are meeting again. Him intentionally, her unintentionally and ready to clean out the trash and memories.
Magnolia is intense, fierce, tough, determined, gorgeous and strongly independent. She was simply power poured into a pencil skirt and a stunning exterior. Magnolia has not had an easy life, but everything she did, she did for a greater purpose. Magnolia is one of my favorite heroines that I’ve read in a while. I may have a wee lady boner for her.

“Magnolia Marie Maison. No Man owns me. No man controls me.”

Moses is this cool guy who appears to be very laid back as if nothing will touch him, until he has fully reunited with Magnolia. He is also very determined and exudes this intense cool cat exterior. Behind closed doors or with his friends, he breaks character a little bit. Once you read about these two together it’s clear that they are undeniably made for each other, but Mags is more tentative.

“That’s what I want, Moby. I want a partner. I want someone to stand by me while we weather the storms. Because my life seems to be filled with fucking storms.”

Creole Kingpin is epic. It has a little bit of everything from mystery, drama, romance and sexy! I was full on sucked in from the beginning. It was intoxicating, intense, suspenseful and mysterious. Meghan’s writing was fabulous and had every component one looks for in a book. The characters are will written, they are intense and show growth from beginning to end and her storyline and plot was spot on. I am so excited for book two, because that cliffhanger, girl had me reeling and wanting more!!

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