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Ruthless Knight by A. Jade–Review

Reading Cruel Prince, I thought I was done for. I fell hardcore for the Royal Hearts family, including Cole Covington. The tortured, black hearted twin with nothing but malice in him. I couldn’t wait to dig into his book to see what made him tick.

Ruthless Knight did not disappoint. Within her 100 chapters, A. Jade wrote a web of feelings, emotions, storylines, and flashbacks to make a grown woman cry. I couldn’t help but feel my own heart breaking while reading about Cole and Sawyer.

Sawyer Church, the Bible thumper at RHA. Despite trying to be a nobody and blend into the walls, you couldn’t help but notice her. She also is tortured, unloved, unwanted, and compared to her ‘perfect’ sister. For some reason, she can see through Cole to the good that is hidden deep down. This, of course, unsettles Cole, so he does what most teenagers would, he picks on her.

When all is said and done and the book is completed, this was a beautiful story of acceptance, love, and forgiveness. However, to get to ‘The End’, Ms. Jade took us through some tough topics and situations that will leave you tearing up for days. It’s hard not to love all characters written within this book. They are family. One of these family members that I am anxious to read about is Bianca. I want to know her story and what makes Baby Covington the spoiled, bitchy, and devious princess that she is!!

Siren by Hazel Grace–Review

“You might want to keep your distance, Blood,”…’It’s not a smart idea for you to get too close to me.”

Siren is a fantastic, enchanting and dark re-telling of The Little Mermaid. Take everything you know about Ariel and chuck it out the window. Davina, she is the star of this book, along with her sisters, Dagen, and Tobias. I am addicted and want more!!!

There were so many incredible moments in this book. The relationship and banter between Davina and the other Princesses of Lacuna is so funny and a completely sister thing to do. The other characters are written so well, they pop off the screen and it’s easy to visualize what is happening as you read it.

Hazel Grace continues to surprise me with her books. She makes me long for more and I don’t know how she does it, but she does. She has made me laugh, cry, flat out swoon, and had complete emotional annihilation. Yet, I still come back for more.

Pick up Siren and continue with the rest of the ‘Sinister Fairytale Collections’ series. You won’t be disappointed!!

Chasing the Butterflies by Monica James– Review

 

”An epic love story of two broken people who battled against all odds and found love…”

We all read books for different reasons. Humor to decrease the gravity of a bad day. Psychological thriller to scare you, Drama, because sometimes it’s always nice to read about somebody else’s drama rather than your own in real life. But what happens if you read a book and have no idea why you’re reading it, yet it fills you up so completely that you didn’t know you were missing something? Chasing the Butterflies is that kind of book for me. I really didn’t know what I was getting into when reading it, but I read the blurb and was instantly intrigued.

What happens when four little words changes your whole life? Victoria (Tori) gets to experience the joy of hearing her boyfriend say, ‘Will you marry me’. For both parties, it is an extremely emotional experience, however, this feeling is overshadowed by a horribly tragic event in her life. Through this event, Tori meets Jude and there is an instant connection, a tethering of two souls to each other. The roller coaster ride that Tori and Jude take you on is utterly magical. This power couple will always have a piece of my heart.

I’m writing this review the next morning and I am still overwhelmed with emotions. CTB is unlike anything I have ever read. I cried (a lot) while reading and even through the end of the day yesterday. CTB was a cleansing experience. There are twists and turns that will not only come out of nowhere but will make you go back a little and re-read to make sure you read it right.

Monica James is a wizard when it comes to words and her writing. Chasing the Butterflies was ethereal and hauntingly beautiful. She will make you believe in true love and soulmates. The plot line is enormously devastating, yet you will believe that love wins in the end. I wish that I could completely express how much I loved this book, but I fear I could never truly do it justice. I will say one thing I learned was, if you stay true to who you are and what you believe in, love will always win.

“Don’t hide who you are, butterfly.” “Why butterfly?” “Because I can’t wait to watch you spread your wings and fly.”

Tori and Jude are the main characters in this story, but by mentioning how great they are, I need to do a little nod to the secondary characters. Particularly Angus and Charley. Angus, oh my heavens, Angus. Adorable, charming, scene stealer, sweetheart and completely loveable. You will love reading about this little man. Charley is the perfect sidekick with some much-needed comedy relief.

Ms. James left me sobbing, wrecked, emotionally drained, slightly off kilter and completely and totally in love with her and her book. A true ‘Best of 2019’ book that deserves a lot more than 5 stars. If you have never read a Monica James book, truly, do yourself a favor and read this one. It will be a life altering read.

“It’s been said the simple flutter of a butterfly’s wing can cause chaos halfway across the world.”

Honorable Mention Quotes:

“The butterflies.” “I know you felt them…because I felt them, too.”

“I want you to know that. No one has ever fought for me. I was never someone’s reason to live. Thank you for making me yours.”

“He doesn’t make me feel different—he makes me feel special.”

Primitivo by Rose Croft–Review

44317147._SY475_We first saw Emilio in his brother’s book, Cabezon. While we did get a nice introduction to him and the Mendoza family, it wasn’t until I read Primitivo that I was seriously hooked on Emilio. I loved Dani and Vince in Cabezon, but Primitivo just drove the nail home with how much I love the whole entire Mendoza-Garcia family.

It’s safe to say that the Mendoza clan have not had an easy start in life. They have had to endure more by the age of 18 than most of us in all our lives.

In reading Cabezon, I thought I had read my favorite male character, Vince. I was wrong. I still love Vince (& Dani), but I adore Emilio. Is it the ovaries bursting, because your reading about a hot dad and his son? It doesn’t hurt, but I don’t know. Is it the love that he evokes so much with the care that he has for his family? Could be. Is it the fact that he is completely alpha and is willing to protect and stand up for those he loves? Sure, doesn’t hurt, but if you combine all these, you have one incredibly lovable Hero.

Sofia. Sofi’s story is gut-wrenching and heart twisting, knowing that many people go through what she had to endure. Despite how she initially handled things, she is completely 100% dedicated to her family. Sofi proves that sometimes you need to leave the ones you love, in order to protect them. My heart bled for her.

There is one other character that needs to be talked about, because this is as much his story as it is Emilio and Sofia’s. Eric, Emilio and Sofia’s son. Eric is a joy to read about. He is super intuitive, incredibly heartwarming, make you go gaga with one word and a reaction. He is truly an amalgamation of his mother and father.

I have read every book of Rose’s since High School Lover with Andrew and Loren. As her writing progresses you can feel the heart, soul, and passion that she puts into every single one of her characters. It is shown all throughout Primitivo and through that passion I, as the reader, get to receive the benefits of that. That being the incredible writing, the passion from every character, and the love of an incredible book.

father and baby

Sweet Victory by Alley Ciz–Review

Sweet Victory is the third book in the BTU series. I absolutely, 100% ADORED Tap Out with Gage and Rocky and didn’t think I would be able to find another couple that would excite me as much as ‘The Kraken’ and his therapist. I was wrong. Holly and Vince are a completely unique couple and their relationship is full of ‘the feels’.

Vince is an MMA legend in the making. Rocky from Tap Out is his sister and they both work/train at The Steele Maker. The Steele Maker is run by their father and uncle. Vince is heavily in training for the title fight when he is sent to retrieve some pastry for his sister. It is in this moment that he comes across the quirky, sassy, Christmas loving, baking enthusiast Holly. For Vince it is instant attraction that runs deeper than anything superficial. Vince is a true fighter in every sense of the word. He fights for his family, career, and for Holly.

Holly is desperately trying to restart her life and she hopes she has found it with her long-term childhood friend, Kyle. Kyle is the owner/operator (with his husband) of Espresso Patronum. She has secrets that she is trying to move past and forget about. With the Christmas starved fighter approaching her at every corner, it is almost impossible to fly under the radar.

Vince and Holly are explosive, sweet, a definition of true love, and willing to do anything for the other and their relationship. Even if it has themes of, ‘The Gift of the Magi’ at times. I loved how sweet this massive alpha male was not afraid to have feelings and emote them.

Sweet Victory is also so much more than Holly and Vince. It’s about the secondary characters who are all family, whether by blood or not. The Coven is loud and proud and very much present. They initiate a new member to their clan, which make things very permanent, because once you’re in, you’re in for life. The men of The Steele Maker and Espresso Patronum are not silent either. They throw their thoughts and feelings around, almost as much as the girls.

Some things that I loved about Sweet Victory are the main characters, the frequency EP has played a role in the storyline, The Coven, The Counterfeit Coven Conversations, the love and support of the secondary characters, but my favorite thing was the bonus epilogues. Oh my gosh, that made my heart so happy!! I can’t wait for BTU 4!!

Notable Quotes:
“Do not look at his a@@, Hol. Don’t do it. If you do, you’re getting nothing but coal in your stocking this year. Might be worth it if the back is as good as the front.”

“the bulge behind his zipper, the one she knew was like one of those giant candy canes filled with Hershey’s kisses.” (Never have I wanted one of these candy canes more in my life!! Where’s the Christmas candy?)

“You belong with me and now that I have you, I’m never letting you go.”

In Peace Lies Havoc by Amo Jones–Review

It seems that no matter what I read from Amo, she not only leaves me speechless, but craving more. She is single handedly a one-woman Mistress of Ceremonies in charge of her own little Midnight Mayhem crew.

“Welcome to Midnight Mayhem. We are not a circus, we are not a carnival, and the only thing that you should be afraid of losing tonight, is your sanity…”

I, seriously, thought that nothing could top my epic love of the ‘Elite Kings Club’, but I humbly admit, I was wrong. As much as I loved, Bishop, Nate, Brantley and the crew, the Brothers of Kiznitch have not so nicely pushed them off that trophy. The Brothers (Kingston, Killian, Keaton, and Kyrin) have marched into my heart and taken up residence.

When reading, sit back and enjoy. There are so many layers to this story, that you will still have layers to go through before you would finish pulling off the layers of an onion. IPLH is dark, it’s twisty, it’s shocking, it’s mesmerizing, and it’s so gloriously good, that you’ll question everything you think know about yourself and want more. I know I do!!
King is broody, mysterious, a walking talking dichotomy, that leaves no one unaffected if he crosses their path. He is a mesmerization that can make anybody due anything. What he can’t do is Dove. Just beware that King (and his brothers) will steal your heart and soul and make you wonder if you should start praying to a higher deity for absolution. They are that wickedly good.

Dove is the dark red-haired ballet dancing beauty. She can transform and entice you with her fluidity and ability draw you in while she dances. Dancing is life to her. She can work through anything, if she is able to dance and feel the music. Dove has a long and complicated backstory, which is what draws you in. Amo gives enough flashbacks, moments of déjà vu, and internal gut checks that keep you drawn to Dove wanting to figure her out.

“We’ll be back, Dovey. I’ll hear you when you speak. I’ll see you when you dance. I’ll always be watching you…”

As much as this story is about King and Dove, it also is about the rest of the brothers. Their introduction into your life is tantalizing, mystifying, and perplexing. I was drawn into them and their various personalities, that I want more and loved the strength of the foursome as one unit.

I don’t know how she does it, but Amo wrote IPLH in such a way that you felt you were experiencing the multiple levels of Mayhem as they happen. She starts you off thinking individually. What is happening right now and to whom. She then progresses to thinking grand scheme of the whole thing and who plays what part. Honestly, it’s freaking genius how she writes. You begin to pick up on little nuggets, but only because the MC herself, declares it’s time to reveal a little something. There are so many events and things in this book, that I feel as if I just got off a roller coaster that was also a tilt-a-whirl. Confused, shocked, bewildered, jaw dropping, and a book hangover from hades is me right now. Last point I want to make is, her writing is so crystal clear that I can visually picture what she is talking about. The big tent, the caravans, the acts😏 is incredibly hard to write, but Amo has exceeded my expectations with being able to ‘visually’ take me to these people, places, and things. I can’t wait to see where this storyline progresses.
Overall, In Peace Lies Havoc, is a phenomenal read. It will test your boundaries, question everything you know, and will take you on an incredible journey. IPLH is visually stunning, eloquently written, and sinfully sexy.

**Beware, this is a dark story. There are trigger warnings within the book.**

5 ‘Little Bird’ Stars (if able to give more, I would!)

Favorite quote of the book:

“I wouldn’t recommend this author, though. She drinks too much, procrastinates a lot, and is easily distracted.”

Even When I’m Gone by Nicole Fiorina–Review

If you are looking for a book with emotional overload, Nicole Fiorina is your girl. I absolutely adored, Stay with Me. It was impactful, emotional, poignant, and thought-provoking. So, how do you top that? Easy, you let Ms. Fiorina write that second book in the trilogy, Even When I’m Gone. You see, words are just words, but somehow when Nicole gets her hands on them, they turn into thoughts, feelings and emotions. She leaves you reeling for days from her twist and turns and gut-wrenching scenarios.

As I mentioned before, EWIG is the second book in a non-standalone trilogy. It is the bulk of the trilogy, thus far. We start by seeing a different side to Ollie, which was heartbreaking to read, because I LOVE Ollie. In the meantime, we also see a different side to Mia, in response to this. The girl is stronger than the vibranium in Captain America’s shield. She must do something that hurts the two lovebirds now, but she is doing it for the betterment of their future. It is difficult to read about these two during this time, because you can feel the love between these two. They are Ollie and Mia, yet at the same time, they aren’t.

When I read SWM, I had never read anything like it. It was unique and took you on a spin of love and mental illness. EWIG continues this. It is exceptional and extraordinary. She really sucks you into these characters, so you feel as if you are part of the book yourself. There were times where I screamed, I cried, but ultimately, I loved every single thing of this book. Now the ending has me shook. I can not wait (even though I have too) for the conclusion of Ollie and Mia. I have my fingers crossed, holding my breath, and praying for a HEA for these two. Whichever way, Nicole decides to go with it, I know that I will love it, because Ms. Fiorina is an author not to be missed and her writing is out of this world.