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Playing with Fire by LJ Shen–Review

Best. Book. Hangover. Ever! I have loved everything LJ writes, because this girl CAN WRITE! With that said, everything I have read before (All Saints High, Sinners and Saints, The Kiss Thief, etc.), feel small and inconsequential compared to Playing with Fire! Sure, they all received five stars, but if that is the case, PWF should receive a million stars.

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I love West, but for the usual reasons. He is grumpy, sour, bitter, an a-hole, underground fighter, who can ‘drop panties wherever he walks’ hot. A popular bad boy, who is reckless, fearless, has a death wish and is broken. Needless to say, he is a fantastic male Hero with baggage to boot.

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The star, though, of this whole book is Grace. I am madly and deeply in love with her. She is your unconventional, flawed modern heroine. She is strong, feisty, insecure, loaded with self-esteem issues (yes, she can be strong and still lack confidence), loyal, lovable, and the source of local fodder. She is a fighter with the true heart of a phoenix. Grace is inspirational and a character to look up to.

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Leigh has completely outdone herself. Playing with Fire is raw, emotional, gritty, gripping, and above all, a love story for the ages. A love story that is raw, slowly simmering from friendship to more. If you want angst, this is for you. If you want, drama, this is for you. Above all, if you want an emotionally driven, no holds barred, self-loving book, this is definitely for you. Playing with Fire is consuming, so consuming, that I did not even realize I was crying through most of it.

“The worst day of your life gave me the best version of you.”

I do not think I could ever write how incredible this book is and still do it justice. Simply put, it is magnificent. I was unprepared for the trek that I was taken on, but lord knows, that I will willingly go through it all over again. If you only read ONE book this year, Playing with Fire is that book. Without a shadow of doubt, this book is most definitely in my best of 2020 books.

Looking to Score by Alley Ciz, U of J series, book 1–New Release

5 ‘Skittles’ Stars

Oh Ms. Alley Ciz,

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I am in love!! Dare I say, I think I am slightly more in love with the U of J series (or what it’s going to be), than her BTU series (which is A-MAZ-ING, by the way). I know that is difficult to assess with only one book in the U of J series, but this book has everything, I’ve grown to love about Alley.

I absolutely adore Alley’s writing style. You are guaranteed a good time when you pick up one of her books. The banter and personalities of all characters is outstanding. The humor is riotously hilarious, and it is chock full of drama and mystery. All in all, Looking to Score has it all!!

I am in absolute love with Mason and Kay. Mason, well because he’s smoking hot, driven, charismatic, loyal, and downright cocky. Kay is fierce, loyal, genuine, and protective, but the main thing these two share is they are both vulnerable. This vulnerability is hidden behind a great big brick wall, which they do not show often, but when they do, watch out, because you will find your new best friend and instant supporter! These two are absolute perfection together!

Based on Looking to Score, the U of J series, is looking very promising and I can’t wait for more. More words, more character storylines and more of an explosive good time!

 

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(ahhmm, is this thing on) 🎤 Dear Ms. Ciz, I am here to inform you that you have yet again made me a reader for life, however, I do have one complaint. That ending girl, really?? Gah…Thank you and goodnight! 🎤

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Savage Kingdom by C.Lymari–Review

There are times in your reading life where certain books just hit you between the solar plexus and knock the wind out of you. Savage Kingdom is just one of those books for me. It came out of nowhere just like those bulls in the Running of the Bulls. Before I even had a chance to commit to memory what I was reading I was chapters in and did not want to stop.

SK was haunting, ethereal, and take your breath away stunning. Considering the topic of the book, one might suggest that stunning is a questionable choice of words, but I will challenge you to read this dark, almost taboo, romance and see how you feel afterwards. What makes Savage Kingdom ‘stunning’?  It is how easily the wicked, the tempting, sorrowless not only stand and fight for themselves, but also others. The plot line, story line, and flow were melded so well, they just wrapped you up in all three in sheer perfection. The emotions are all forthright with an undercurrent of “the only one to truly have my back is me.”  This phenomenal storytelling is all due to the sheer mind of Claudia and her ability to encompass multiple personalities, situations, scenarios, and emotions.

We could defy time, but we could never defy death.

Gideon is the hero of this story, while Daphne is the heroine. Some may say, ‘are they heroes/heroines’? The answer is in fact, YES!! Are they your cotton candy, fluffy clouds, break out into musical about their hero status? Absolutely, not. If you thought so, this is not it.

Daphne is unlike any character I have read about before. She is vicious, mean, tough, almost heartless, yet I want her to find herself and her HEA. I’ve had girl crushes on other leading ladies before and Daphne has co-commandeered this spot. Daphne makes no exceptions, but blatantly admits that she is a monster, yet she is still somewhat lovable in her sad, hostile and unpleasant situation.

“Run petal, run as fast as you can, in the end, I will be there to capture you.”

Gideon was FIRM, HARD, and 🔥 as hell for me leading man. No matter the outcome of this book, Gideon is the bad boy that every good, little girl wants. Much to the chagrin of her parents.

I will HIGHLY RECOMMEND Savage Kingdom and If possible, I would give this kingdom, 10 ‘Savage’ stars. It is excellent and I feel that Claudia has found her niche.  I am eagerly awaiting SK’s follow up book, CC. After that ending, momma needs some answers! 😉😉

What’s Next of Me by Kristen Granata–Review

I had never heard of Kristen Granata, but through fellow ACR’ers I was told that ‘you NEED to read this book’. Since there was nothing, but praise given I decided to give this book a chance and I was so extremely happy that I did. What starts out as a ‘Real Housewives of Orange County’ episode, soon morphed into an episode of SVU. Since meeting Paul in college nine years ago, Callie has had to work to make her marriage work. Sure, Paul and Callie have had some massive issues thrown their way forcing them to adapt and grow together or fail.

“When someone pushes you away, you need to find the strength to hold on tighter.”

I sat on writing this release for too long, because I was so overwhelmed with situations, the twists and turns that they went through, along with some massive speed bumps or detours to Cole and Callie’s storyline. What’s Left of Me was ridiculously incredible and amazing. It is heart and gut-wrenching, super emotional (have tissue ready), has themes of knowing your self-worth along with discovery, forgiveness, and above all, love. Honestly as I read, I had this feeling that Kristen was going to rip the rug out from underneath me and I only had seconds to get my life in order. She had me completely connected and invested to characters/situations.

Callie. I love Callie. Despite going through issues with her husband, she still had an inner fire that was temporarily dimmed, not wanting to rock the boat/outward appearances of ‘everything’s fine’. Now, in doing this, she started to develop anxiety/panic attacks. The following is a list to remind Callie of everything happy/fortunate to have (giving to her by her therapist).

“Maverick, California King Bed, Walk-in closet, Dream Kitchen,

Yard with a pool, Mercedes”

Cole is a giant teddy bear with layers of self-hate, a heart encrusted within concrete, and a cape of tragedy that gets heavier and heavier as days go by. Despite his gruffness, anguish, and growly nature, I really liked Cole. Personally, you can feel the hate he has to himself, but what he did not expect was the blonde bombshell from across the street, thinking he was the landscaper. From this moment on, life was changing for him and he was unsure if he liked it.

“It’s clear now; I lost control the second she walked into Josie’s backyard.”

Count me in as a fan, Kristen. I loved everything that this book entails. She tackled some heavy topics in a safe way as to not offend anyone. There is one thing that I still feel little unanswered, so it is 4.5 stars. Otherwise, What’s Left of Me would be a solid 5.0+.

“I’m finally the person I want to be. I say what I feel, I do what makes me happy, and I’m surrounded by loving and supportive people. I no longer live in fear. I’m free.”

Making Whoopie by Erin Nicholas–New Release

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This marriage of convenience is about to get sticky.

Making Whoopie, an all-new fun and flirty marriage of convenience standalone from New York Times bestselling author Erin Nicholas, is available now!

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Getting hitched for the health insurance is not Jocelyn Asher’s idea of romance.

But the hospital quote has really frosted her cookies, and suddenly, “I’m rich. We should just get married,” sounds a whole lot more swoony.

Especially when the man proposing is this gorgeous. And takes her to parties featuring champagne and petit fours. She’s a sucker for anything with bubbles or icing. And just like that she finds herself married to a near stranger.

Grant Lorre is usually allergic to spontaneity.

So why did he ask the beautiful small-town baker he had a one-night stand with to marry him? Somehow watching her lick batter off a whisk–not a euphemism–made a wedding and a little fraud seem like a sweet idea.

They’ll just play house and make some whoopie–pies, of course–for a few months and then move on with their separate lives. Until then, bring on the cream filling. And that is a euphemism.

But as things heat up even outside of the kitchen, they quickly realize there’s no recipe to follow when it comes to love.

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About Erin Nicholas

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Erin Nicholas has been writing romances almost as long as she’s been reading them. To date, she’s written over thirty sexy, contemporary novels that have been described as “toe-curling,” “enchanting,” “steamy,” and “fun.” She adores reluctant heroes, imperfect heroines, and happily ever afters.

Erin lives in the Midwest, where she enjoys spending time with her husband (who only wants to read the sex scenes in her books), her kids (who will never read the sex scenes in her books), and her family and friends (who claim to be “shocked” by the sex scenes in her books).

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