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Thirteen Hours To You by Annie Emerson–Review

Sometimes in life, you are blessed to come across people that will enrich your lives and make you feel full. You can take this premise and apply it to Annie Emerson’s debut duet, Thirteen Hours to You. This is the book that you never knew you needed but was everything you were waiting for.

Our main characters are Boo Radley Cooper and Meekai James Lannister. A story about two teenagers who are thirteen hours apart. Teenagers that have no knowledge of each other, yet somehow, fate works her magic and these two are pulled together and into each other’s orbit.

“Sometimes goodbyes lead to a second chance. If I see you again, it’ll mean that this goodbye was meant as a beginning, not an end. Fate, The first point of contact.”

~Meekai

Radley Cooper has had an extraordinarily horrible and sad upbringing. With the little breadcrumb trail that Annie leaves us, it is difficult not to feel for this girl and yet, salivating to know the whole story. I will say that nobody should have to go through what she went through, yet unfortunately, it happens every day in real life. **Beware of Triggers**

“His time would come. I’d make sure he paid for his sins. I’d deliver him personally. My kingdom come. My will be done. You might have me now, but I’ll destroy you later.”

~Radley

Meekai is the golden boy. He is the manwhore who is looking for his other piece. The one that when they come together just clicks into place. When Radley and Kai meet, they realize they have more in common than they thought and are slowly fixing/healing one another.

There is another subset of characters that brought a lot to the Radley/Meekai table. Gamma alone is worth every penny spent. She is utterly amazing, intuitive and everything I would like in a ‘Gamma’. Becca, Brooks, Linc and Wyatt. The incredible secondary cast that keeps things rocking and rolling. These four are on another level of family/friendship, but most of all, D-R-A-M-A!! All their drama. Bring it on because I am loving the drama that surrounds this group. I live for this!!

This book has left me speechless. It is haunting, ethereal, roaring with humor, tender, the concept of a strong family unit, learning to love/trust not only yourself but another. It leaves you questioning, ‘can love truly win in the end’? For a debut book, Thirteen Hours to You, is outstanding. There were so many times that I felt I was not only an outsider looking in, but I was truly engrained in the story and present for each scene. Annie Emerson wrote her heart out when writing this book. It will easily land on my ‘Best of 2021’ list. Now, beware, there is a second book that is coming out soon (May), but the ending of book 1 leaves you wanting more, but not with a horribly bad cliffhanger. I am just so ready now to see how this ends!!

Congratulations Ms. Emerson on a book beautifully written. If I could, I would give you 10 ⭐, but since I cannot, I will leave you 5⭐ and a BIG welcome to the ‘best of’ list! Enjoy reading this book. Radley and Meekai will suck you in and pull you along for the ride.

“Where words fail, music speaks.”

Vicious Little Snakes by Trilina Pucci–Book Review

High school can be cruel and savage. Take this and add into the fact that we are talking the crème of the crop that attend with an abundance of money and what do you get at Hillcrest Prep? Vicious Little Snakes. The question is, does Caroline and/or Liam live up to the title of this book? Yes, 100% yes.
Liam is best friends with Grey. Grey has a stepsister, Caroline. While Van was away, Caroline became one of Liam’s best friends. Now, Van is back and has resumed her position of best friends with Grey (boyfriend) and Liam. Where does this put Caroline now? Let me tell you. Pissed off! Take Cruella deVille, Maleficent, Ursala, Harley Quinn and Rachel McAdams in Mean Girls and mix them all together and what do you get? Just a pinkie full of viciousness in Caroline Whitmore. This girl is the Queen of mean.

Liam. I loved Liam in Filthy Little Pretties and wondered what version of him we would find in VLS. Liam is cocky, well loved, adorable and a true friend with those he considers family. He desperately wants to be his own person, but he also does not want to let anyone, specifically his parents, down. He is a wonderful artist with big dreams but is expected to take over his father’s company.
Ms. Pucci built this story amazingly. There are flashbacks, but every single one is pivotal for one reason. Building Liam and Caroline’s back story so that those onion layers merge in the present. Did I like Caroline? Honestly, no, not all the time, but did I get a better understanding of why she was the way that she was. Analogy wise, Caroline is that ‘vicious little snake’, while Liam is the snake charmer.


After all is said and done, when my kindle would not advance anymore, did I feel complete? Did I love the storyline presented to me? Was I happy with the growth of the characters? Yes, yes and yes. The layers, the angst, the forlorn glances, the love all brought this story of Liam and Caroline’s full circle.

The Fight In Us by Becca Steele–Review

Weston. Weston, Weston, Weston. I have been so curious about the ‘little brother’ in the group. Well, little brother is no longer little. Weston is just a boy (or rather a man), who is trying to make his father proud, while doing the one thing he is good at. Computers. He is the computer whiz in this group.

Besides my own curiosity to know more, I wasn’t sure what I was exactly expecting. It was quickly into the read that I realized I wanted every single possible word she could give on Weston. I may have been curious, but I grew to love this unsure, yet cocky, personality on over drive, and a heart as big as Texas to the loved ones he cares about.

Becca has written this book effortlessly and flawlessly. She gave our leads, Weston and Lena, a very emotional roller coaster storyline that readers can relate too. Ms. Steele gave us epilogue whores a chance to see more into their ‘family unit’. The unit consisting of Cade, Cassius, Z, Weston, Lena and of course, Winter. Since this book was so beautifully written, you will get lost in it and next thing you know, you’re two chapters from the end. I DID NOT want it end.

“Lena Drummond. The girl I never allowed myself to think about. The one single girl who was completely out of limits. My best friend’s sister.”

The Fight in Us is dynamic, emotional, alluring, heartbreaking, eye-opening, mysterious, and full of angst. Weston and Lena are the sole reason you should read this book. Although, getting more information on your favorite couple, Cade, and Snowflake, along with Cass and Z, is the real treat.

“You’re beautiful. Inside and out. So wild and untamed, so fucking far out of my league that I’m just waiting for you to come to your senses.”

Thy Kingdom Come by Monica James–Review

Please explain to me what I just read, because there was Punky, Babydoll, Ireland, Catholic vs Protestant, mafias, and secrets, lies and truth that Monica so masterfully places on the page to create this well executed story, but WHOA, REALLY?! Thy Kingdom Come is an incredibly unique story concept. It will jump out at you and just sucks your soul attaching itself to you like an octopus never letting go until the end and even then, you will always question what you read.

Ok, I am getting slightly ahead of myself. Thy Kingdom Come is about Puck Kelly and his ever changing and slightly distrustful mafia world in the northern part of Ireland. There are territorial and religious turf wars and Puck is smack dab in the middle of it with a plan to be executed for the Kelly bloodline and yet, Punky had an additional nefarious plan of his own.

“ To the outside world. I look relatively “normal” but it’s a whole different story on the inside. On the inside, all I can think about is revenge and blood.”

Babydoll. Nobody is prepared for Babydoll. What starts as an innocent broken down bike, quickly flips the script between Puck and Babydoll. Let’s face it, from the outside, BD is nothing more than a liar, cheat, and thief, but according to Puck there is something about her. What he does not know is, who is babydoll? What’s her last name? What’s her agenda? And how is that agenda going to affect everyone?

For me, Puck ‘Punky’ Kelly is the star of this book, but Babydoll sure has an extensive background and that history fills in the scene perfectly to steal/match Punky. Punky’s story is ingrained with pain, torture, angst, and sadness. There is so much sadness, which we get from the first word in the Prologue.

“Whatever ya see, whatever ya hear, I want ya to know it’s not real because yer not really. here.”

I still have their story whipping through my brain. The angst, sorrow, utter rage, the sparks that flew as they realized there is come sort of connection between them, the trust-distrust-and back to trust was a whole other arc that Monica flew at us. Thy Kingdom Come is book one with book two coming soon.

Monica is always fundamentally sound when writing her plotlines and overall story arc for her characters and Thy Kingdom Come is a true representation of that. Puck will forever have a spot in my heart, and I cannot wait to see what happens next for Puck and Babydoll!

Sancte Diaboli (book 1) by Amo Jones

Sancte Diaboli was ingrained into my brain and I could not wait to read it. This was
Bran Bran’s book with TEKC. He was back in all his quietness, aloofness, and piercing’s.

So, I have a question. How many of you are into puzzles? I’m thinking the 5,000 pieces and maybe higher. Sancte Diaboli is akin to doing a mammoth puzzle with small pieces. Amo is so good at her writing, that she inadvertently will drop those teeny tiny breadcrumbs throughout the whole book. The funny thing is these little nuggets will never directly lead you to the ending but keep you on the path that you need to focus on. She is so good at this that she’s bad😈. It’s wicked torture to keep us on the hook for the next book, but I swear she loves it.

Now, I knew before going in that there was a cliffhanger, so I thought I was semi-prepared. Well, thank goodness I wasn’t betting money over the cliffhanger, because all I could think of was, huh…whoa…OMFG! So much so that I read the ending four times and I was still shook!! That cliffhanger, you will never see coming! I had a SERIOUS BOOK HANGOVER for four days afterward. I was scheduled to start another book, but I couldn’t do it! I kept wandering around and replaying all the scenarios and situations in my head.

Readers have dubbed Amo as ‘Queen’ for a reason. She is a master at her craft. I was amazed, stunned, flabbergasted, and knocked completely off my axis after reading Sancte Diaboli. How does she take such simple individual words, yet meld them together perfectly to form an utterly amazing, multi-layered storyline with specific plot points, timelines, and consistent writing style? I don’t know, but I will gladly step forward to read any book she writes!! Congratulations, Queen Amo! Another book was exceedingly written!

***Side note: Ms. Jones is a dark romance writer!!! So, if this scares you, Sancte Diablo my not be for you, but if you’re up for it, you might learn a thing or two about ladders!***