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Outcast by Jamie Schlosser–Review

Oh my God. Wow. Day-um. As usual, when it comes to Jamie, I am in awe of what I’ve read/what she wrote. Outcast is just EVERYTHING!

This is Ezra’s book, who happens to be Jimmy’s little brother from Dropout. Outcast starts out with Ezra in high school. He is a freshman who is picked on by other kids in the school for a disability that makes him walk with a limp, therefore making him slow in the hallways, ‘being a little soft around his middle’ for his lack of physical activities and a big case of low self-esteem. On one of his bad days, he has a brief moment of sunshine in the form of a new girl in school, Kayla. That moment is squashed when one of the football players indicates that she can sit next to him. So, Ezra is back to drawing and longing from afar. Fast forward to senior year (almost graduation) when Ezra and Kayla take off.

Ezra is off to an intense Physical Therapy boot camp while Kayla is stuck at home. They are relegated to snail mail and the occasional call. They are both attending the same college and this is what gets them through. Before sending Ezra off to college, his parents present him with a German Shephard service dog, Pierre. (Side note: Pierre is everything, he is so cute and lovable. Yes, I’m writing about a fictional dog, but Ms. Schlosser has written him so well, it’s like he was there with me). Back to college, Ezra has changed physically (more fit and able to walk without a limp most times) and he has gone through a mini makeover to update how he feels inside. His self-esteem is higher and generally feels better about himself.

Ezra and Kayla are the epitome of sweet, saccharine sweet young love. They are ‘it’ together and it was refreshing to read a book that explores young, college, virginal love that is true and built to last. Do they have their ups and downs? Of course, what couple doesn’t, but they mature and grow together as a couple while exploring themselves individually. I love them as a couple, but I LOVE EZRA! He was your ‘non’-hero hero and it was fantastic.

Something else that was executed flawlessly and at an incredibly poignant time in the real world were some of the topics that these two go through. Two main themes are bullying and hazing. Even though these are fictional characters, it is very hard to read these topics and not think of our youth (no matter what age they are) experiencing this on a daily basis. Whether this is through school, activates or just anywhere in the outside world. It was touching and sad at the same time. SO PERFECTLY WELL WRITTEN!!

Outcast is a very sweet, emotional read without ‘external’ drama. It is about a boy, a girl and of course, my sweet Pierre. Through the course of their ride from high school to college to the real world, they meet some great secondary characters. For those of you that have read, ‘Dropout’, Jimmy and Mackenna do make an appearance, so it was great to get a little follow up from them.

This book is everything! It encompasses so many great topics, emotions, sweet love to a HEA! I HIGHLY, HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend it! It was beautiful and exquisitely written. There is one area I must address. There appears to be a little war on my boyfriend through social media (Book Snob Sue😉), but I will concede on the terms that I get Pierre and get dibs on Jamie Schlosser’s next hero!! In all seriousness, don’t even sample this book and just one-click! If I could, I’d give it more than 5 stars, but I can’t, so I will say here and now that I give it 5+ stars!! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“—But I can promise you one thing. You are, and will always be, my favorite thing about life.”


Crux Untamed (Hades Hangman #6) by Tillie Cole–Review

Crux Untamed was one of my most anticipated reads! I knew when I read the blurb that I just had to read it. I was curious from the beginning of the dynamic duo of Cowboy and Hush. Cowboy’s outgoing personality and Hush’s calm and quiet demeanor pulled at me making me wonder what was going on underneath. As soon as I heard that Sia was Ky’s sister, I knew I had to have more.

This book…(smh)…man, this book was everything. It destroyed me in the best way possible. It was dark, gritty, uncomfortable, emotional (totally cried here), passionate and the underlying storyline was magnificent.

“Kärleken ser inte färger. Bara rena hjärter.” 

(“Love doesn’t see colors. Just pure hearts.”)

Our three leads are Sia (Elysia), Cowboy and Hush and I LOVED them. They stole my heart and had no concerns with giving it back. Prior to reading, Cowboy and Hush had me intrigued equally. While reading though, Hush, massacred my existence and slowly became my #1 go to guy of the series. Don’t get me wrong, I have other favorites, but Hush will always have an extra piece of my heart.

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Tillie Cole mentioned that Jesse Williams, Kellan Lutz and Amber Heard were her inspiration for the characters. She did a pretty spot on job with description and transferring that into reader visualization.

“Three sets of blue eyes, all different. All who have walked different paths…All who have seen the full spectrum of life-the good, the bad, and the ugly.”

Sia is the sister to Ky, VP Hades Hangman. When she was seventeen years old, she got into some trouble and drew the attention of Juan Garcia (Mexican cartel). Ky and Styx (Pres of Hades Hangmen) had to go in and kidnap her back. Since this time, she has been hidden on a farm where she happily works with horses, as her own form of equine therapy. Unfortunately, she is indirectly found by Garcia.

“You’re mine, rosa negra. And I’m never letting you go.”

The underlying story and bond between Cowboy and Hush is beautiful, shocking and outright emotional. These twenty-six-year-old Cajun twosomes hale from an incredibly small town in Louisiana. Through much bad blood and incredibly hard to imagine horrific circumstances, they meet and have created a bond so strong, that nothing will destroy it!

Despite the seriousness and emotionally heaviness of this book, Viking and Ky brought forth some much needed instances of laughter. Despite being distraught and tormented, Ky mentioned something that just had me laughing with tears.

“It’s the thought of those fuckers double-teaming you that makes me see red…You’re my baby fucking sister. Now you’re in bed with not one but two brothers, who quite honestly could be fucking each other too. All I see in my head whenever you three are mentioned is a conga line of pussy, cocks and assholes. It’s fucking with my head!”

Truthfully, in all out honesty, Crux Untamed, is one heck of a book. You have Sia, Cowboy and Hush each with their own individual issues/storylines, but then you bring together three different people and meld those storylines into an incredibly heart-wrenching, yet tragically beautiful story, you simply end up with perfection. Everyone has their own very specific role within this threesome, it was exquisite to read. Sia is a broken woman, Hush is a damaged and lonely man, while Cowboy is the free-spirited glue that holds them all together. It was striking to read of them evolving and changing and finding peace within themselves and their souls. A truly impactful story with much greater depth than two men and a woman in a relationship.

“I couldn’t have been prouder to wear the Hangmen patch. Because they were my family…After fighting my demons for so long, I let myself accept the truth. I belonged.”

Bravo to Tillie Cole for another well done Hades Hangman!!

Live Free. Ride Free. Die Free!”

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Playmaker by LP Dover–Review

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Despite being the third book in this series, Playmaker can be read as a standalone book. I have read the other books in this series and was anxiously awaiting Maddox’s story.

Let me preface this by saying, I LOVE Maddox, but between him and Lacey, I just wanted to smack them upside their heads. I’m getting ahead of myself here, let me give you a quick synopsis.

Two years prior, Lacey and Maddox are in Las Vegas and have a good time together. That time spent together led them to a Las Vegas chapel where they got married, however, next morning Lacey has ghosted on him leaving absolutely NOTHING behind. During this time, Lacey is waiting to finish med school. Maddox, however, has hired a private investigator to see if he can find his wife, ‘Paige’. He gets his hands on a copy of the wedding certificate and sees who he truly married. Fast forward to eleven months from the present when they are both together in the same room for a function and neither approaches the other. Misunderstandings and immature actions are done which led them to present time which is Callie and Dallas’s wedding.

While reading I just sat their yelling at them through the screen, so wanted to smack them upside their heads and scream out of frustration, which I did. I felt for Maddox as he was trying to do everything right to get his wife back. Did he do some immature things, yes, but he realized it was wrong to do. Lacey, though, I loved her, but completely hated her. She was so wishy-washy and back and forth with Maddox, that I don’t know how he was able to maintain his sanity. Their chemistry and connection was fierce and fiery, if only they could get over some of their issues.

I am a huge fan of LP Dover and this series, but I just wasn’t completely feeling it like I did with the other books. As I’ve said, I love Maddox, but Lacey just seemed to have to many insecurities that made her slightly neurotic and unable to trust Maddox. All in all, though it was a good book and there was HEA.

Secret Lucidity by E.K. Blair–Review


I think it’s fair to say at this point, that it’s known I have a SERIOUSLY INTENSE secret love with the student-teacher relationship trope. (It in no way is related to the fact that I come from a long line of teachers in my family😉). E.K. Blair wrote an incredibly thought-provoking, insanely emotional (be prepared to have copious amounts of tissue nearby), heart-wrenching book, that is full of emotional turmoil and upheaval.

Cam is a seventeen-year-old girl who is thrust into adulthood too early in life. Yes, she is seventeen, almost a senior and off to college soon, but literally everything changes in the blink of an eye. While taking on the weight of the world on her shoulders, she hasn’t been able to fully grieve her situation and doesn’t know how to deal with all the inner pain that she is feeling. Unfortunately, this leads her down the only path that she has found to experience relief. The depression, hurt, pain and feelings of being unloved just roll of the pages with Cam.

For some inexplicable reason, she feels an immense draw towards her swim coach/English Lit teacher, David Andrews. They are both grieving and can tell that the other truly does understand where they are coming from and what they are going through. This immediate chemistry, doesn’t mean this is a quick to the point relationship. This is a slow burn relationship with speed bumps.

Even though I love this type of genre, there can be some books that leave me wanting or feeling yucky when it comes to an underage heroine. SL WAS NOT that type of book. I was feeling everything that Cam was, including the phases of her relationship with David. Complete perfection! Where I had a hard time, reading was on how Cam dealt with all these negative emotions/situations in her life.  I just felt for her and wanted to say, ‘No, you don’t have to do that’. Alas, she did and it was heart-wrenching to read her struggle with this. (Sorry, but I kept this rather vague so you also get to develop and acknowledge all she’s going through as it happens.)

“You were always the one thing that felt like home to me, and even though I found a way to exist without you, a part of me has always been lost–.”

Let’s talk about Cam and David. Oh my gosh, they have a story like no other and I was LOVING it. ❤ The love that they experience was very true and sweet. Yes, there were some hot and fiery times, but overall, they had developed themselves as one unit. They had to go through some extremely difficult times as well as overcome a big age gap. Personally, I didn’t have a problem with an age gap as big as it was. I have personal experience with a couple that has a big age gap (not me) and it doesn’t bother me. I guess you could say I’m immune to it. On a side note: I will say, that some books with couples of the same gap were annoying and unbelievable, so I think it all depends on the author and character situations. In this situation, Cam is older than her years and David is younger than his. Both are extremely deep characters with some experience under their belts in terms of life situations.

“A part of me wanted to die before you came along. My world was so dark, and then there you were, and I swear to God, David, you saved me. You opened me up and showed me a love I felt so undeserving of, but you gave it to me anyway.”

E.K. Blair wrote an emotional story that hits hard and doesn’t leave any punches. She took me on a wild ride that dealt with some extremely tough topics. This was a ride that I was happy to experience and didn’t want to get off. I was left hanging for a few days that left me in limbo while I processed my thoughts. A truly worthwhile read.

“I’d crawl beneath his ribs if I could. Press my lips into the tissue of his heart. Swim in the narrow of his bones. I’d give him the very same if he asked for it. I’d cleave myself open for him, force him to take all of me, because that’s all I crave—to be his—only his, because in my soul, he’s mine.”


New Release–Reckless by Lex Martin


Title: Reckless

Author: Lex Martin

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs

Photo: Perrywinkle Photography

 Release Date: February 20, 2018




For the record, I’m
not going to hook up with my boss.

I’m a lot of
things—a screwup, a basket case, a flunky. But when I take a nanny job to be
near my pregnant sister, I swear to myself I’ll walk the straight and narrow,
which means I cannot fall for my insanely hot boss.

I don’t want to be
tempted by that rugged rancher. By his chiseled muscles or southern charm or
the way he snuggles his kids at bedtime. Ethan Carter won’t get the key to my
heart, no matter how much I want him.


Between us, she’s
the last thing I need as I finalize my hellish divorce.

What sane man trying
to rebuild his life wants a hot nanny with long, sexy hair, curves for miles,
and a smart mouth? A perfectly kissable, pouty mouth that I shouldn’t notice.

My focus is on my
kids and my ranch, not the insufferable siren who sleeps in the room next to
mine. It doesn’t matter that she wins over my kids in a heartbeat or runs my
life better than I do. Tori Duran is the one woman I can’t have and shouldn’t
want, no matter how much I crave her.







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Author Bio

Lex writes contemporary romance, the sexy kind with lotsa
angst, a whole lotta kissing, and the hot happily ever afters. When
she’s not writing, she lives a parallel life as an English teacher.
She loves printing black and white photos, listening to music on vinyl,
and getting lost in a great book. Bitten by wanderlust, she’s lived all
over the country but currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and twin

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Reckless by Lex Martin–Review

75e61-reckless2bebook2bcoverFour words for you: One click this NOW!! Lex Martin is a new to me author, but I’m extremely happy that I found her. I was unaware of her previous book, Shameless, that was about Tori’s sister. Being that this book is in a series, my not reading the first one, didn’t matter as this could be read as a standalone.

Tori is a twenty-three year old UT college student. She is spunky, young, fun, lovable and considered the outcast/black sheep/loner of the family. She is not the picture-perfect student and more concerned with partying and having fun. She thought she had a wonderful boyfriend, Jamie. However, she has experienced an extremely horrible experience with love and Jamie not being who he says he is. This affected her life greatly with the biggest being that she is now a college dropout after failing her classes her senior year. She has decided to go on a ‘man free’ diet for a year and try to get her head on straight. Kat, Tori’s sister, is extremely pregnant and lives about 40 minutes outside of Austin. She tells Tori the news that she is considered a ‘high risk pregnancy’ and approaches her with a job as a live-in nanny to their neighbor.

Ethan is a phenomenally caring and loving man who truly does have the world on his shoulders (luckily, he’s got some great shoulders😉). He is going through an extremely god-awful divorce to a shrew of a woman. He is trying to co-parent with her, but she, unfortunately, doesn’t want anything to do with them and ignores them, unless it benefits her. So, Ethan, is busy raising his kids by being mom & dad, keeping the family farm afloat, take care of his mom and younger brother, Logan. He feels pulled extremely thin and when Logan approached him with Tori as a live-in nanny, he is reluctant, but slowly acknowledges he needs help. Let’s just say, these two created sparks and friction from their first meeting and not necessarily good ones. Luckily, the children love Tori and even Ethan notices that they need some normalcy in their life and if Tori can give it to them, he will take the sacrifice of not necessarily getting along.

Considering their backgrounds with love and the opposite sex, both are guarded and reluctant to expose themselves to the other not to mention even entertaining the idea of a relationship. There is also the little matter that technically Ethan is her boss and she doesn’t want to get involved in a boss-employee relationship. Despite all this, sparks are developed over time and they realize they are attracted to each other. Ethan and Tori have many obstacles they need to encounter before they can think about a HEA.


I flipping loved these two together. I loved Tori’s spunk and sassiness. I loved seeing her grow from beginning to end. She turned out to be an extremely strong character. Ethan, oh Ethan, who in their right mind would leave him. Hello, with his shaggy dirty blond hair, sun-kissed skin, muscles for miles, extreme love for each of his children and in my mind an extremely sexy southern drawl. Seriously, who would leave him? His children were FREAKING adorable. Yes, they are five and two, but they had some serious personality and character. Lex Martin wrote these two children perfectly (especially the daughter) in regard to how young children are affected and how observant they are during divorce. Beautiful and sad at the same time.

“Pretty sure the people next to us hear my ovaries explode and splat on the floor.”


I, wholeheartedly, approve of this book. I love every aspect of this book. Seriously, click don’t sample, this book.

Secretly, I am crossing my fingers and toes for a book about Logan and possibly Joey🤞!!! Here is a little taste of Logan’s humor and personality.

“‘You know, some girls don’t consider anal to be sex.’ This is why every father in a twenty-mile radius locks up his daughter when Logan Carter’s around.”

Elite by Carrie Aarons–Review

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Elite was a privilege to read. I, unfortunately, didn’t read Carrie Aarons first book in this series, Privileged. Despite that I was still able to follow along and not feel lost. This time around, the story revolves around Colton and Eloise. From the get go, they have unbelievable chemistry and brilliant banter. Let me just tell you the sexual chemistry is completely palpable through the kindle. 🔥

Eloise Mason is a privileged British transplant, who is looking for the chance to throw away some responsibilities and experience college American style. She was a delight to read and I loved the heroine. Eloise is a sassy, strong, independent and feisty heroine with a quick and witty banter. She arrives at Jade Mountain University with the only expectation of maybe learning some things in her classes, experiencing a college party or two and avoid the rich and snotty upper crust that she came from. What she didn’t expect was Colton Reiter, the basketball superstar who is the ‘King of the Court’.

Colton is a unique hero where he feels like he must portray two different personalities. He is the college and hometown superstar where he displays this cocky and deviously charming side. While his other side is very caring and loving; thinking of others before himself. As with Eloise, he wasn’t expecting this spunky, beautiful Brit who could put him in his place. There was something about this girl that he was drawn to and couldn’t get out of his mind.

“I was going through life seeing every single person as the same snowflake, no one had the makeup to catch my eye, or to make me stare in wonder. Until you, that is. Your uniqueness, it draws me to you.”

Colton and Eloise were exquisite together. They brought out the best in each other, despite currently not coming from the same socioeconomic backgrounds. I loved the way they kept each other on their toes with their feisty and spunky personalities. They just seemed to get each other and made them feel safe and loved.

“Colton loves me, at my truest form.”

Now, not all things are rosy on this campus. Eloise gets herself entangled with a ‘secret society’ upon arriving on campus. When she gets to her dorm room, there is an embossed envelope that had some instructions for her.

“If you’re in, you’ll never have to ask. If you ask, you’ll never be in. University Boathouse, tomorrow night, 9 p.m.”

Eloise is intrigued mostly because she is bored. She goes along with the hazing to try and figure out what this secret society is about until she begins to hear some unsettling rumors. Eloise has dealt with this snotty upper crust clique for a good chunk of her life and decides she’s going to play along to try and put them in their place. She has the upper hand, until she doesn’t!!Elite Teaser 2

I absolutely loved this book. It was well written and true to form regarding the college experience. For a good NA romance with a healthy dash of mystery, you should check this book out. Very reminiscent of, ‘The Skulls’ movie based on the Skull and Bones society at Yale.

“I was gifted with the love and support of the sassiest British girl I know, and I was learning that it was going to be enough for me.”

“Colton and I were two opposite sides of a coin that just happened to fit perfectly together. Who knew it would take a cross country trip in which I promised to have some fun and let my hair down, that I would end up coming away with the love of a lifetime.”

“I’d never really had anyone who would be…well, it’s corny, but ride or die.”