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.”
So, what do we have when looking under the cover of Give Me A Reason?
- Enemies to Lovers
- Single Dad
- Forbidden Boss
- Pasts that never die
I was immediate to say ‘yes, please’ at the site of a single dad and MC read. All the other stuff was a bonus, a very good bonus. I adore Ms. Jackson’s lilting writing style. To a former musician/percussionist, this cadence like reading helped to progress the storyline along. Each word, each phrase felt purposely placed which kept this plotline moving. This allowed me as the reader to get sucked in. I felt like I was on a train that kept increasing speed the further along I went.
As mentioned earlier, a part of this book is on the single dad aspect. Trent Lawson has a five-year-old son, Gage, who is his ray of sunshine and “one good thing” in his life. As a secondary character Gage is the best. I could eat up all the adorableness that exuded from Gage.
“He was dressed in jeans, a short-sleeved button up, and his checkered Vans. Looking like the budding bada** that he was.”
Eden Jasmine Murphy appears to be prim, proper, innocent looking. She has a heart the size of Texas and teaches both elementary private school and dance. The only family she has is her father, who happens to be the pastor where Eden works. The thing about Eden is don’t let the external fool you. She may be innocent looking, but when needed, she has the ability to put one in their place.
“Girls like you don’t belong in a place like this. Now go home and lock your door behind you before you regret walking through my door.”
Trent and Eden are nothing short of magical, yet unmagical at the same time. Trent has many demons within him and nipping at his heels, yet when he’s around Eden he’s optimistic. Eden is fighting her own battles, but things seem a little bit brighter with Trent by her side.
What happens when light meets dark? When Eden and Trent cross paths in different settings? I can tell you, Give Me A Reason is what happens. The storyline, plotline, and pacing were well checked and consistently moving. Her characters and their development were hilarious, sexy, scared, and romantical. As the title implies, it’s simply saying, Give Me A Reason why not to read this book.
“One love. One Loyalty. One reason.”
In a modern world, what happens to a royal that has bigger and better goals in mind? What happens when that royal is second in line for the crown? Is she able to fulfill her personal endeavors and do what makes her soul sing? Well, Royal Reckoning answers these questions and more in this meet cute fairytale romance.
Princess Eleanor has always felt love from her family, but not necessarily love for her future. When given the opportunity to have a royal holiday, she takes it and runs (literally).
The princess and the tattoo shop owner, sounds like a cliché, but Ellie and Sean are anything but that. Within each other they find that missing piece to make the other whole. Ellie was looking to spread her wings and let her true self out for a bit, while Sean needed more fun and ‘stop and smell the roses’ moments in his life. He has been so busy with opening his shop and other things, that he has lost/forgotten what enjoying life was all about.
Royal Reckoning was a quick read, both pleasant with some fog your glasses moments. As with most fairytales there is a HEA that makes you smile!
Contentment: The state of being contented; satisfaction; ease of mind.
Well, Mary Catherine Gebhard did what she does best. She threw everything within her and plastered it on the page. I am now 2 days post reading and I have one constant flowing through me. I am feeling contented. This series is finished, and I am going to completely miss Grayson Crowne and Storybook Hale.
Story and Grayson are a testament to the idea of soulmates, fate, and destiny. Life and love can be messy, but these two navigated the roller coaster of life, love, and happiness to their final ending.
“You’re the moon, Story Hale. Some people will want to snuff you out for no other reason than to bring you into their dark.”
I was so invested in this story, that there were numerous times where I just kept reading when I needed to stop. MCG did her best to keep me guessing until the very end. There were so many twists and turns and misdirection’s that I did not know what was next and when I did, I went back and re-read it.
Another constant in Mary’s writing is that Gray and Story continued to evolve and grow until the end. I am extremely happy and proud of Story in this book. She flourishes and matures into the person that is expected of her. She not only has herself to think about, but also her infant. Gray eventually got to where he wanted to be as a person, but it was a different journey than Story’s.
“You are where I wrote once upon a time, he is where I write happily ever after.”
Right now, I feel like that little kid that is hugging her book tightly and smiling. Why, you ask? Although I did not get all overly emotional about Destroyed Destiny, I got something better. A chance to feel as one with the book and I just saw my best friends, finally get what they wanted. DD is a very heartwarming, on the edge of your seat, contented feeling and will stick with me for a long time.
“This moment finally belonged to me. My love story just beginning.”