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Hearts and Thorns by Ella Fields–Review

4 ‘Bug and Toad’ Stars

Holy, Ella Fields!! I am a sucker and completely addicted to stepbrother romances, so naturally I thought Hearts and Thorns would be right up my alley.  Well, freaking A, it was a stepbrother romance, but it was so much more. It’s the ‘more’ that you have to worry about with Ella Fields books.

When I hear Ella has a new book coming out, I’m all excited and can’t wait. What my conscious seems to forget is that Ella is sweet and writes amazing books, but those books will chew you up, grind your feelings down in a blender, and spit you out without a second thought. This leaves you a jumbled mess trying to catch a breath while laying crumpled on the floor. Glutton for punishment, party of 1? 🙋🏻‍♀️

Jackson and Willa Thorn were raised as siblings, despite the fact they weren’t blood related. They were everything to each other, as well as best friends. This type of relationship wasn’t a problem until they grew older and feelings/dynamics started to change. This eliciting a forbidden, taboo, and dirty secret relationship.

Despite all this, I couldn’t look away. I HAD to keep reading. I didn’t care if I was going to be shocked, let down, or completely and utterly pulverized. I HAD to read about Willa and Jackson! I needed to know more and see how they would navigate this relationship in a world that isn’t ready for the norm of stepsibling’s romance being ok.

So, be prepared. Grab your tissues, drink of choice, maybe some chocolate and get ready for a gut-wrenching, soul crunching and a heartbreaking read.

 

 

Madness by Kailee Reese Samuels–Review

Madness is one thing that you will feel while reading this book. I have never read a book of Kailee’s before and this was one heck of an initiation. I finished a couple days ago and I’m still trying to make sense of my feelings, this book, and this author. Kailee is either a genius at writing about madness so you can’t follow along or a MASTER at evoking more than feelings while reading a book and making you think you are mad as well.

Most people know the story of Alice in Wonderland and the curious, daydreaming girl who is often giving herself advice. Well, I hate to say that Madness is more than an adult version of this. Kailee’s version is a psychological trip that has themes of fantasy, dystopia, and dark, dark romance. This is NOT you’re everyday tale of Alice in Wonderland. Going back to Kailee’s writing, I sat for a few days, seriously wondering if I was going mad. To me, it didn’t make sense. It was only while reading the ending that the lightbulbs seemed to go on. Now, is that scattered writing or phenomenal storytelling? Honesty here, I think it was genius writing by Kailee Reese Samuels. I am not a dystopian reader, so this part of the story hung me up a bit, so along with confusion, I felt that I was feeling what Lys was going through.

The only knock I have on Madness is that it was a little hard to follow along. Due to her writing style, it felt a little disconnected and I had to go back and re-read sections which affected the flow of the overall book.

If you like dark (and I mean super dark) romance reads, Madness is one that you should take a chance on. Kailee Reese Samuels wrote one heck of a head scratcher to which she ties it up in a nice little bow at the end.

Audition with Skye Warrem and Amelia Wilde–Blog Tour

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She doesn’t surrender to his kiss.
He doesn’t back down from a challenge.
It’s going to be a sensual fight … to the death.

Audition, a sexy and enthralling new standalone romance from New York Times bestselling author Skye Warren and USA Today bestselling author Amelia Wilde, is available now!

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Blood and sweat. Bethany Lewis danced her way out of poverty. She’s a world class athlete… with a debt to pay.

Joshua North always gets what he wants. And the mercenary wants Bethany in his bed. He wants her beautiful little body bent to his will.

She doesn’t surrender to his kiss.
He doesn’t back down from a challenge.
It’s going to be a sensual fight … to the death.

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Excerpt:

I open the door, expecting to see a couple of rough-hewn bastards fighting or training. They might even take a swing at me. We’re all a bunch of army bastards, more comfortable using our fists than our words.

Instead I’m struck by the sight of a body in motion, but not in violence.

She’s dancing. Grace. Strength. And completely inappropriate to this place—desire. It’s nothing so base as tits and ass, though I’m sure hers are lovely. No, it’s the sweep of her calf and the indent at her waist. The lift of her chin.

I could not be more shocked if I had been punched. Or shot.

It feels a little bit like being dunked in lava, watching her dance. I’m immobile in the doorframe of the warehouse. My sanity is one step behind me, utterly gone. I’m seeing visions. She can’t be real. I don’t even want her to be real. This kind of beauty doesn’t belong in the goddamn gutter. A pale pink leotard against the dinge-dark hollow. Satin ballet shoes pushing into the dirt. Slowly, very slowly, my sluggish mind searches the perimeter. Alone. We’re alone. If anyone had wanted to shoot me, they’d have had plenty of time. An eternity while I’d been staring.

Her spin slows, like a top that’s run out of momentum. Dark eyes meet mine. Surprise. A flash of something else—anger. She drops to flat feet. No longer a goddess, a blur. She becomes a woman. “No,” she says. Then again, “No,” with such force I glance behind me in case someone’s charging at her wielding a knife. The shipyard is empty. It’s only my company she’s objecting to.

Well, you can’t fault her for taste.

“Normally I have to say something for women to hate me,” I say, strolling into the warehouse, pretending my heart doesn’t thud at the sight of her lithe body. Pretending my cock isn’t a breath away from rock-hard. “I have to say something about their tits or their ass.”

Her eyes narrow, but she doesn’t seem particularly shocked by my crude language. No, she wouldn’t be. Not in this place. She would have heard much worse. “I told him no more guards.”

“You told who?”

“Who else?” she says. “Your boss.”

My boss? I work for the US government. My job is to drive around godforsaken deserts and pray I don’t get blown up by a bomb buried underground. If I play my cards right, I might move into special operations. That’s what was implied before I went on leave. Go along with what Caleb Lewis offers. Collect information. Report back.

It’s a chance to be somewhere other than the bottom rung. Maybe the only chance I’ll ever get. Which means I have no business being interested in this girl. She probably isn’t even eighteen. “My boss,” I repeat, my voice flat.

“Isn’t that why you’re here? To guard me?”

“Why don’t we do this—you dance again. I’ll stand here, but if anyone attacks you, I’ll just let them have at it. No bodyguards for you.”

She’s not amused. “The guards aren’t there to protect me. You’re here to keep me in the warehouse or keep me at home. Make sure I don’t wander away. Make sure I don’t talk to anyone.”

“You’re talking to me.”

“You tell Caleb we had a deal. And it doesn’t include some—” Her narrowed gaze sweeps down my body, as if she’s only now noticed that I have a body. “Some overmuscled asshole on steroids.”

I put my hand over my chest. “Direct hit. I’m wounded you think I’d resort to steroids. These muscles were earned the old-fashioned way, thank you very much.”

She snorts, which somehow sounds feminine and delicate. “I’m sure you do much worse things than steroids. And there is no way, absolutely no way, that you’re going to be my new guard, so tell Caleb he can forget it.”

“Would it put your mind at ease to know he didn’t send me?” Though I’m curious how he’s connected to her. We enlisted at the same time. Went through basic at the same time. We’ve never been close, really. When we both had leave, I was surprised he offered for me to hang out with him in New Orleans. I accepted because I have nowhere else to go. At the time I had no idea that I’d be approached by some special department to gather intel for them. Doesn’t take a genius to figure out Caleb’s into some bad shit.

“Right,” she says, unconvinced. “So you’re standing in the one warehouse that doesn’t contain anything illegal because…?”

“Total coincidence. I was looking for the illegal stuff.” Which means I have no business staying to chat with this woman, no matter how compelling she looks with that notch between her eyebrows. She looks goddamn fierce. “Honestly.”

A roll of her eyes. “Tell my brother he doesn’t need to waste time and energy watching me. I’m staying out of trouble.”

Her brother. Jesus. If she’s Caleb Lewis’s sister, then she’s not staying in trouble. It won’t be a clean shot that brings him down. It’ll be a grenade launcher that hits him—metaphorically speaking. Or literally speaking. Everyone in his vicinity will end up in jail or dead. That’s inevitable.

And she’s right here.

About Skye Warren

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Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of dangerous romance such as the Endgame trilogy. Her books have been featured in Jezebel, Buzzfeed, USA Today Happily Ever After, Glamour, and Elle Magazine. She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, sweet dogs, and evil cat.

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About Amelia

Amelia Wilde wrote her first story when she was six years old, a narrative strongly inspired by The Polar Express. When she was nine she wrote her first novel-length work, all in one paragraph.

Now, Amelia is all about that love. Her romances feature unique, independent heroines and alpha heroes who are strong of heart and body. Readers have described her work as “emotional,” “intense,” “phenomenal,” and “like a child scribbled with a crayon,” which she takes as the highest praise.

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Hidden Truths by K Webster and Nikki Ash–Release Blitz

Titles: Hidden Truths
Hidden Truths & Stolen Lies Duet #1
Authors: K Webster and Nikki Ash
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release: November 21, 2019

MY REVIEW

My life was easy, simple, fun.
Light.
Until I got wrapped up with the wrong people.
Nothing but a piece of property to pay for the sins of my father.
I’m to be married off to a handsome monster.
I see his truths every day, and it’s hard not to fall for the enemy.
He won’t let me escape, but I’m not sure I want to.
I wanted to marry for love, but it looks like love is a lie.

 

“A deliciously-seductive, dark, suspenseful and sexy tale that hooked me from page one, and didn’t let go until I had devoured it. Absolutely superb. Grab a copy right now!” Siobhan Davis, USA Today bestselling author of Cruel Intentions

Hold on to your seat and get ready as this grabs you from the beginning and won’t let you go. They pull you in and take over your body, your heart, and your mind. – Miss Petite Brunette Book Blog

This story had me from page one. I couldn’t put it down. Every time I thought I had it figured out, I’d flip the page and have a different theory. Bucket up cuz it’s a bumpy and wild ride- Nancy, reader

Dark romance suspense at its finest.-Fun Under the Covers Blog

FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC! Hidden Truths was a pager turner that kept me on the edge of my seat and wanting more. -Kristina, reader

The first in the duet, the story is captivating. There’s so much angst, drama, and suspense I literally couldn’t put it down. – Shirley, reader

Both Nikki Ash and K Webster are just amazing individually. But when they collab together, it’s just a match perfectly made.- Viridiana, Amazon reader

 

 

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Hidden Truths by K Webster & Nikki Ash–Review

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I don’t know why, but this book wasn’t what I was expecting. Instead it morphed into something more delicious, more sinister, darker and more twisted. If you ever want to feel good about your family, take a peek at this book. Three words for you, Holy Dysfunctional Families, but that makes Hidden Truths that much better.

Talia struck me originally as this flighty, average college girl, but I soon learned that I was wrong. So very wrong. She isn’t your typical bad@ss heroine, but she is strong, intelligent and uses this to help her endure the little situation of an arranged marriage.

Kostas. He was very intriguing. He struck me as this alpha mafia baddie, but was he displaying his true self? I was completely in a battle with Kostas. I hated him, no, I loved him, and this went on throughout the book. Eventually, he was oh, delicious and yummy!

K Webster and Nikki Ash wrote one heck of a book. I am completely sitting on pins and needles to read book 2, Stolen Lies. I had many questions answered, but for every question answered, it felt that I had two more pop up. I can’t wait to find out what ride these two have in store for us.

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Dreams of 18 by Saffron Kent–Review

Age gap…check, Forbidden…check. Throw in a head nod to Beauty and the Beast and yep, I’m in. I am a sucker for the taboo situations and couldn’t wait to read this one.
Some may say that an eighteen-year-old and a thirty+ year-old isn’t realistic, but this is a work of fiction and needs to be read as such. (On the flip side, I can say that I have an age gap situation in my family, not me, and that it can work). Saffron Kent was masterful at intertwining the Beauty and the Beast element, a sweet crush/romance of two lonely souls with an over the top reaction to a kiss.

Our heroine, Violet, is truly a shrinking Violet. She is the misfit of the family and doesn’t know how incredible she is. There is one person that she identifies with at first sight, Graham, aka. Mr. Edwards. Yes, he is insanely good looking, but for her it is more than that.

Graham, on the other hand, has noticed Violet’s true beauty, but knows that he shouldn’t be feeling some of the things for her that he is. Mr. Edwards is a prickly, callous and harsh man who coaches the local high school football team. He is this larger than life human being with a known personality that makes everyone afraid of him. His nickname is, ‘The Beast’ and lord, help me, but I love this Beast.

Like the movie, Beauty and the Beast, Violet and Graham shouldn’t go together. She should be afraid of his personality, but that’s not the case. Violet is unwavering in her determination to break down this formidable man. It was lovely to see that separately these two were floundering, but together, they were strong and make each one better.

“’Don’t waste your time on those f@ckers who don’t know what you are.’
‘And what am I?’
’Something made of moon and magic.’”

Falcon by Michelle Heard–Review

When I started to see all the teasers and blurbs, I thought Trinity Academy would be following the newest trend, high school/college bully romance with a touch of Reverse Harem. Interestingly enough, Ms. Heard took Falcon in a different direction and I can’t say that I’m all that upset over it.

Now, don’t get me wrong, HS/College, bully romance, reverse harem, and slightly dark is my jam. So, I am thoroughly enjoying the trend now. With that said, I was slightly let down, because I was used to so much drama, but I can now correct myself in saying that while it wasn’t overly dramatic, it was a chock-full storyline with issues, character growth and finding oneself, which is just as good.

One thing I absolutely adored, was the camaraderie of Falcon, Lake and Mason. They were so tight, that they formed their own little family. In this case, the family you choose is stronger than blood. Some of the sacrifices they made for each other, as well as, having another’s back even if it didn’t involve them, was spectacular.

Falcon was not a story, just about Falcon, but included snippets of what we could expect in Mason and Lake’s stories. Their personalities jumped of the page and I can’t wait to read about each one.

Besides, the above misconception, I also thought I would be reading all about greed, wealth, and the power that comes with it. That wasn’t the full focus. Were these guys obscenely wealthy? Um, yep. Were there two different aspects of power (parental generation vs. the boys)? Heck yeah, but Michelle Heard somehow made it more than the superficial stuff. She dug deep and that’s when we got to see hopes, dreams, and, personalities.

Layla. I LOVED Layla! Her mother is the PA to Falcon’s father and gets a spot in Trinity Academy where she’s a freshman. She is the opposite of any of her peers and is afraid that her ‘secret’ will come out. Layla is spunky, feisty, unafraid to curb her tongue around these upper crust students. She gives as good as she gets. She develops a strong friendship with Kingsley Hunt and together they are two peas in a pod.

The other thing for me to make it a 4⭐read, is the pace at which some of the ‘drama/issues’ are resolved. I will say, Falcon, was a quick read and am not sure if that had something to do with it. Did this truly effect my experience while reading this book? Not really, I just couldn’t make it a 5⭐, because of it.

I, truly, enjoyed this read and am looking forward to reading Mason’s book. There’s something about a brooding, bitter guy.