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Oceans of Us by Vanessa Luisa–Book Review

Vanessa Luisa is a new to me author, but she sure knew how to reel me in. I am a sucker for a forbidden, age gap, father’s best friend scenario.

Saint is the bad boy that moves in next door to Paisley and her father. Soon the two men become fast friends, which leaves Paisley irritated. You see, while moving in, Saint did the most atrocious thing possible to Paisley, he stepped on her flowers and ruined them. Saint is Paisley’s biggest enemy, but how things change over time. 😈

Oceans of Us is angsty with a splash of love/intrigue at first sight. It is a slow burn, full of ups and downs, and baggage. Beware, it is a big book, but gives a clear picture of Saint and Paisley’s relationship.

Beautiful Nightmare by Giana Darling–NOW LIVE

BEAUTIFUL NIGHTMARE
by Giana Darling

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“A powerful punch of emotion, blasts of sizzling heat and luscious dollops of delicious swoon” – Amazon reviewer
 
“a phenomenal and entertaining conclusion to this duet… this deliciously dark, age gap romance picks up right where Dangerous Temptation left off.” – Anna’s Bookshelf 
 
“an epic dark romance duet that you do NOT want to miss” – Goodreads reviewer
 
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Bianca has finally found her rightful place amid the powerful Constantines. But all is not what it seems in this glittering new world. And Tiernan Morelli refuses to give up her up…
 
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November 2021 Wrap-Up

November was one of those months where I didn’t have a ton of free time but I also didn’t get to read a lot either. What I did read though was SO GOOD, I had major book hangovers!

Books read:

In Silence She Screams by Amo Jones: I swear I can never get enough of Amo’s writing. She is gritty, dark, LOVES to push boundaries and I’m here to say, ‘Yes, Queen, I’m here for all of it.’

Used by Selena Moore: After the MAJOR book hangover, I was looking for something that was entertaining, yet easy to read. Used fit that bill.

Sinning Like Hell by Trilina Pucci: St. Simeon Prep duet completion and I’m still drooling over Calder and loving Sutton. This was another book hangover moment. The highs/lows and everything in between still lingers with me.

Totally Schooled by Nicole Dykes: A little teacher-student taboo for anyone? Umm, yes please!!

North Of The Stars by Monica James: Whoa. If historical romance is not your thing, this may not be for you, however, I’m not a HR fan, but ended up completely invested and loved it! Viking…✔️, Alpha…✔️, Ferocious Fighter…✔️. Beware, it does end on a cliff.

Step-Santa by Logan Chance: Who doesn’t want a little taboo Santa to read about this time of year? Come on, be honest!! Short, sweet, read with steam to keep you entertained.

Secret Projects: Oh. Em. Gee! I can’t wait for y’all to read these two little projects. SO GOOD, it will leave you salivating for more!!

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Totally Schooled by Nicole Dykes–Review

Ms. Dykes is a new to me author and I am so happy that I read this.

Totally Schooled is a M/M romance involving Rafe Scott and Nolan Burke. Rafe is a single dad with the cutest little girl. Nolan just happens to be the kindergarten teacher at the local school (can you see where this story is headed😉).

Individually, Rafe and Nolan are fighting their own ghosts, insecurities, fears, and difficult pasts. Rafe comes from that ‘wholesome’ community that does not necessarily understand his sexuality, while Nolan comes from a family full of love. His problem (if it is a problem) is his big heart because people seem to take advantage of those with a big and giving heart.

“I know, without a doubt, I’m falling entirely too hard for both of them.”

I adored these two, and of course Hailey. They were friends first who just so happened to be extremely attracted to each other. I was a little perturbed with the pacing of the relationship towards the end of the book. I completely get the reasoning behind it but just want to yell, ‘communicate people’!! We get it, you’re friends, you’re cautious, you don’t want to make a mistake, etc., but holy moley, I believe that line was already crossed!

I am absolutely, 100%, in love with the ending. I am a self-proclaimed epilogue hoe. I love them and Nicole’s was written with so much love, that it gave me the warm fuzzies all over. Rafe, Nolan, and Hailey were a joy to read about am anxious to read more from Nicole!

“I think that’s why they call it falling in love. You have to take a leap to get there.”

Sinning Like Hell (St. Simeon Prep, #2) by Trilina Pucci–Review

Phew, she did it again! Ms. Pucci nailed the Romeo and Juliet theme with a twist of her own. Just Like Heaven left us on such a high cliffhanger, I wondered what was next. Sinning Like Hell (*chef’s kiss*) was the perfect continuation for Calder and Sutton!

“I want everything you give, Calder Wolfe. Because there is and will only ever be you and me.”

Here is some of what to expect: incredible highs, carpet sweeping lows, breath wheezing shock, twists, turns, ‘Oh, no, she didn’t,’ and of course, tears. This book had it all. I fully did not expect to cry, but low and behold, I did. Sinning Like Hell was so beautifully written that the love Calder and Sutton share is transcendent. There are no other words to describe it.

Reading this book has reaffirmed my love for Calder. He was written so well that he wasn’t a character to me. He was a real-life person that you could feel had stepped off the pages and right into your living room.

I stand by my review for Just Like Heaven and my description of Calder.

“Calder…tough, bada@@, sensitive, alpha, and loyal. He is the new gold standard in leading men.”

What to say about Sutton without giving it away? Hmmm… Sutton is a breath of fresh air. As a caterpillar metamorphosizes into a beautiful butterfly, so does Sutton. Her transformation is something to be proud of and I love that about her! These two were written in the stars and nothing was going to stand in their way!!

I love you forever. Until we’re dust and bones and even after that.”