Writing Dirty (BTU, book 5) by Alley Ciz–Review

I. Am. Obsessed!! Like seriously, I can’t get enough of Alley Ciz and the men and women of BTU. I was Team Gage for the longest time, but then she had to go ‘Writing Dirty”. Alley, why do you make me choose?

Writing Dirty is about the coven’s favorite writer, Maddey. She is the strong, spunky, and sassy ‘Queen of Smut’. What she writes is in one word, H-O-T! She lives in her head, but she can come up with some seriously steamy stuff!

The hero. What can I say about him, that will not give it away? That is the best part of this book is not knowing who he could be. Pick any book before and you think you might have seen an ‘alpha’ male, well you are wrong. This guy will not only put the sizzle in your pants, but he will also make you wish you had a drool rag. Seriously, NEWEST book boyfriend!!

Writing Dirty is full of Alley’s usual wit, charm, and hilarity. The Coven antics and squirrely text topics, coincide perfectly with my own ‘squirrel brain’. There is mystery, men in uniform, witty sarcasm, twists and turn, and the boys. We cannot forget the XY chromosomes in this group. It’s like a big ‘ole family reunion when they are present.

There is no doubt that Alley Ciz outdid herself when writing, ‘Writing Dirty’. It is a little of everything that you could want or love in a Maddey romance book including a stalker to shake things up.

Forbidden Fate by Mary Catherine Gebhard–New Release

  FORBIDDEN FATE (Crown Point #3) by Mary Catherine Gebhard

Release Date: May 28th  

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Blurb: I only had one rule: don’t fall in love with the cruel prince. I broke it. When the clock struck twelve, I went back to being a servant. He promised to let me go with my heart in pieces…but Grayson Crowne was always king at breaking promises. I refuse to let him lock me in a tower. I have no choice but to take the only out offered to me–another cruel prince. Refuge in a man I loathe. Rescued from the man I love. I wanted to forget Grayson, forget Crowne Hall, and hide, but fate has other plans. But if Grayson and I are fated, then our fate is forbidden. Our happily ever after will only end one way…in heartbreak.  


About the Author: I started writing the moment I could read. My first characters were Wibbley and Squig and I used MS Word and clipart to bring them to life when I was a kid in elementary school. I started seriously thinking about being a writer in High School and I remember the day exactly, because it was such an epiphany. I was always so uncertain. You know how everyone was always asking what you wanted to be when you were older? Well I NEVER could decide. I wanted to be a marine biologist. An actor. A FIRE FIGHTER (thank you Joaquin Phoenix in Ladder 49 for that phase). One day it hit me—A WRITER. I could do it ALL. Then you couldn’t stop me from writing. I penned my first novel at fifteen (but don’t ask me to show it to you, because it’s like I was in competition to beat the thesaurus). When I was diagnosed with a chronic illness, writing became even more important, because it became my therapy. When I wrote my characters, suddenly I wasn’t so alone. These days you can find me daydreaming about where to travel with my husband, singing in my car, or lost in the newest K drama. And planning my next novel, of course  

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The Secrets We Hide–Review

I read, ‘The Lies We Tell’ and was INSTANTLY hooked. I could not WAIT to get The Secrets We Hide in my hot little hands. Needless to say, when I did, I was instantly sucked into my own little vortex where the real world no longer seemed to exist.
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You may or may not remember at the end of TLWT, but Becca left us on a cliffy that had me steaming in frustration while desperately pushing for another page. Needless to say, there was no other page, but some serious questions as to what was going to happen next. No spoilers will be given, but I will say I was happy that the momentum from the end of TLWT was carried over to TSWH.

For me as a reader, Ms. Steele put her mark firmly in the author world with a unique storyline, perspective, character development, plot line and solid writing. Remember the vortex from earlier, this was due to her phenomenal writing and ability to create those visuals in your mind. I truly felt like I was the sixth IV (Winter is the fifth).

The boys are still as you may remember them but are ever evolving. Changing their personalities towards certain people/situations. Have no fear the boys you feel in love with, in book 1, are still very much present.

Caiden, the mysterious, broody, head alpha who is the bad boy with locked up emotions and more baggage than a 747. Let me just say that that baggage starts to lessen as the book goes on and it is heartwarming to see him morph from the 100% broody a-hole to this all-out broody a-hole with a softer side.

Cassius is the comedian of the group. He is the cocky, comedic, playboy that has all the women swooning. I love him for his personality, heart and humor.

Zayde (insert sigh). Zayde is the be all end all of scary AF characters, but there is something about him that makes him so enduring. He is bad-tempered, mean, dark and methodical. Yet, for some reason, I LOVE ZAYDE!

Weston, at least for me, I cannot seem to think his name without getting a little grin on my face. He is the techie of the group who I consider to be silent yet deadly type.

Besides being, the best of friends, what do these four all have in common? A woman named Winter. She has been through so much in her life making her appear broken, but she is strong and has a good heart. With the backing of the IV, Winter is able to figure out the mysteries that fly around them. Winter was able to bring them all together and to another level of friendship.

Now you are all wondering, what about Caiden and Winter? Let’s just say, that their relationship also continued to grow and change. How familiar are you with cross stitch? Caiden and Winter are the threads within the canvas. Keeping strong and fulfilling the picture as well as they could. The brilliant thing about this is that in order to complete your cross-stitch canvas you need more differing threads to fully comprehend the scene. This is what happens between the boys and Winter. They complete her, although her tie is stronger to Caiden, she still fills in with the other three for a solid cohesive unit.

Becca Steele is a master magician with taking all these different plot points and bring them together. You never see what is coming next or where she takes you. She is also a genius when it comes to cliffhangers.

Lock by Kimberly Knight –Release

Title: Lock
Series: Sinister Fairy Tales Collection
Author: Kimberly Knight
Genre: Dark Fairytale Retelling
Release Date: March 17, 2020
Before Zell was born, her fate was sealed.

Held captive in a high-rise overlooking New York City since the age of twelve, she had no friends her own age, no life outside of the penthouse, and absolutely no choices of her own. But what she didn’t realize was the tower where she lost her freedom would one day become her salvation. Her prince would arrive, they would fall in love, and they would come up with a plan for her to escape so they could live happily ever after.

If only it were that easy.

Every girl dreams of her life becoming a fairy tale, even Zell, who’s knowledge of romance was simply from the books she stole from other girls at the brothel.

In a world where sex, drugs, and manipulation is solely the life she knows, the only fairy tale poor Zell would endure would be a sinister one …

Because freedom always comes at a price.

“Now, son”—Frank squeezed Frank Jr’s shoulder—”tonight, you can have any one of these ladies that you want. More than one if you’d like.”

My heart, which had finally returned to its regular beat, felt as though it was cracking in my chest as I listened to what Frank said. Of course, that was why they were here.

“I told you I wasn’t a virgin,” Frank Jr. said in a low voice.

Frank chuckled. “That may be, but any one of these ladies will make sure you’re well taken care of. You might learn some things. It’s your birthday, enjoy it.”

Frank Jr. replied, his voice still low, “Whores aren’t my thing.”

“These are the finest ones around, son. You’ll be in safe hands. Take your pick, and then I can pick mine.”

“And if I don’t?” Frank Jr. asked.

“Then you’ll piss me off,” Frank stated, giving Frank Jr. a stern look.

“I can assure you,” Madam cut in, “all of my girls are clean and well trained. They aren’t like high school girls.” She chuckled.

Frank Jr. looked at his father another moment and then stepped toward the line of girls. He still hadn’t taken a sip of the vodka in his hand, and that made me nervous. I wasn’t sure what Madam would do to me if Frank Jr. asked for something else. Was Grey Goose not a good brand?

Just like Madam had done not ten minutes prior, Frank Jr. walked by each girl, looking them up and down from their heads to their feet and back up. When he got to the end, I expected him to walk back down the line because he hadn’t made a decision yet. Instead, he stopped in front of me, looking back at Frank and Madam. “I choose her,” he said.

My eyes widened as Madam said in a raised voice, “Zell isn’t one of the girls.”

“She’s not?” Frank Jr. questioned and turned his head to look at me.

I lowered my gaze while I waited for Madam to respond. I expected her to say something about me being her daughter, and therefore, off-limits. Instead, she said, “She’s never been with a man before. She wouldn’t know what to do. Pick one of the others. They will show you a good time.”

My face got hot again, and I was certain I looked like a tomato. I couldn’t believe that Madam had told Frank Jr. I was a virgin. I’d read about a virgin once. She met a guy with a helicopter and had weird sex with him. She seemed to like it, but that didn’t mean I was ready for this handsome boy to know I was a virgin.

“Is that true?” Frank Jr. asked as he looked into my eyes. “Are you a virgin?” I nodded, not able to speak. He turned back to Madam and his father. “Then, yes, I want her.”

“She’s not even groomed,” Madam stated to Frank.

“Son, why don’t you pick someone else?”

“With all due respect, Father, you brought me here to, what was it? Become a man? Being a man is choosing who I want to sleep with, and I choose …” He paused for a moment. “Zell.”

The tray I was still holding fell from my grasp and clattered onto the floor. Madam’s gaze snapped to me, and my eyes widened before I quickly bent to pick it up. My heart was beating so fast in my chest that I was certain Frank Jr. could hear it. I kept my gaze on the floor, not able to look at anyone. I couldn’t believe this was happening.

Kimberly Knight is a USA Today Bestselling author who lives in the mountains near a lake in California with her loving husband, who is a great research assistant. Kimberly writes in a variety of genres including romantic suspense, contemporary romance, erotic romance, and paranormal romance. Her books will make you laugh, cry, swoon, and fall in love before she throws you curve balls you never see coming.

When Kimberly isn’t writing, you can find her watching her favorite reality TV shows, binge-watching true crime documentaries, and going to San Francisco Giants games. She’s also a two-time desmoid tumor/cancer fighter, which has made her stronger and an inspiration to her fans.

Lock by Kimberly Knight –Review

**3.75 princess stars**

Prior to starting the book, Kimberly informs us that Lock is a dark retelling of the original story of Rapunzel by the Brothers Grimm. So, instantly my dark little heart started to get a wee bit excited. The Brothers Grimm are not Disney, so it should be promising with the dark aspect. Now, I must admit that I was not completely familiar with this storyline, so I looked it up and Lock is indeed straight from the version of The Brothers Grimm.

Lock was a rather quick and easy read. There were many secondary storylines going on that could have been chaotic, but eventually added to the overall primary storyline. We see Zell through many stages in her life from beginning to end.

Zell is a very sheltered child that is living in a penthouse in the sky. Her whole world consists of her mother, bodyguards, a few other females and her weekly trips to feed the ducks. Other than that, she is locked in her tower/penthouse in the sky. The first interaction with Zell is when she’s twelve years old. She is growing and changing, and despite being homeschooled, there are many things she is unaware of. We next see her at seventeen. Things have changed in the past five years and she is now working for her mom doing different things around the house. Zell is Imminently worried that when she turns eighteen her role around the house will change.

One night, a father/son walk into Zell’s little world. This is where she meets Frankie and her life isn’t the same since. Frankie’s father is Frank Sr and senior is extremely happy and proud that his son is following in his footsteps. Frank has been waiting for this day for a long time. Little does Sr know that there are nefarious intentions running around.

I’m sure your saying, ‘well, Sue, what happens’? Well my little lagers, that is not my story to tell. You need to hear it from Frankie and Zell. What I will say, is that it was a unique retelling on a Disney-fied character. It promised to be dark and there were elements of that process, but for me it didn’t seem to be dark enough. I was waiting for the story to have a little more grit. One thing that really bothered me was the flip-flopping of perspectives. Like I said earlier, there are many secondary characters and they want to be heard as well. I had to go back quite a few times to see which character was ‘talking’.

Despite all that being said, Frankie and Zell, learn how to fight for themselves, stand up for themselves and to trust some people. I was intrigued, captivated and mesmerized enough to read this book in one sitting.