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Forever My Saint by Monica James–Review

I finished reading four days ago and I’m still speechless. Every time I think about Saint and Willow, I replay everything in my brain and end up gob smacked and sighing. Monica James, what have you truly done to me?Excuse Me GIF - Carrie SexAndTheCity Shocked GIFs

It is such a bittersweet moment to have reached ‘The End’. Through the course of the trilogy, I had fallen in love with some of the characters and absolutely, despised others. In either case, though, the words printed evoked such an incredibly strong feeling, it was hard not to feel sucked into their world. Ms. James displayed such a strong character development throughout the series, it was beautiful to see on our main and some of our secondary characters.

In FMS, we see a role reversal between Willow and Saint. This time around, Saint needs a strong and protective savior.

📢Savior, party of one. Calling Willow, party of one for a savior position? 📢

Willow stepped up big time. She was such a bad@ss, digging deep and displaying such strength and determination to do whatever she needed to do. She was put into situations, that made her question herself, but with a newfound fortitude, she was able to work through it and still show compassion.

‘This isn’t a man’s world; this is my world.’

Saint. I love Saint. In books one and two, he was this larger than life beast who is fiercely protective of Willow. While doing this, he also showed us a ‘softer’ side. Now, as I mentioned, they had a role reversal of sorts. This time, Saint is the one who needs saving. Instead of this unbeatable beast, he is put into a situation that displays a less alpha side only through the use of drugs and other ‘means’.

Now that I’ve had time to digest this story, I’ve realized it has vague themes of, ‘The Gift of the Magi’, in it. If you are not familiar with this story, it talks about a couple who doesn’t have money for gifts, so they sell their most prized possession to pay for a gift to the other. In Forever My Saint, we’re not talking about jewels, riches or fortunes. Willow and Saint are each other’s most prized possession and because of this, they do what they can (or must) to save the other. In such a dark and emotionally horrendous book, it was beautiful to see.

‘When I think about losing Saint, my entire world crumbles, giving way to perpetual darkness.’

As I mentioned, writing this now is such a bittersweet moment. It means, we’re done. There is no more, but that’s ok. Don’t dwell on that. Think about all the incredible things that happen throughout the book. Monica will keep you on the edge of your seat with whatever may rise up next. Twists and turns are abundant and there is no way you can predict what the next move will be. Saint and Willow will always have a piece of my heart and I couldn’t be happier with the conclusion this couple achieved.

Twisted Betrayal by Siobhan Davis–Blog Tour and Review

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In the power struggle between two elite groups, one feisty girl will bring them to their knees…

Twisted Betrayal, the next story in the dark, bully romance Rydeville High Elite Series from USA Today bestselling author Siobhan Davis is available now!

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He thinks he’s broken me. That I’m finally under his complete control. But I’m biding my time, gathering intel, making plans, and waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike. So, when an unexpected savior appears—offering me a way out—I grasp it with both hands.

But the man I love refuses to let me go, and he’s hell-bent on protecting me at all costs.

Except he’s far too late.

Kaiden’s betrayal fuels the anger flowing through my veins, and now our roles are reversed—I’m the hunter, and he’s my prey. I enjoy torturing him, lying to him, and letting him believe in false truths that were never our reality.

Until the stakes are raised, and I’m forced into playing their game again. Only this time, it’s not just my life hanging in the balance.

I thought he’d done his worst. That he didn’t have the power to hurt me anymore.

But I was wrong.

His depravity knows no bounds, and now, he’s taken everything from me.

This time, it means war, and I’m taking no prisoners.

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 Twisted Betrayal by Siobhan Davis–Review

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Excerpt:

He shoots me a shit-eating grin Jackson would be proud of as he locks the door and stalks toward me. “What the fuck does it look like?”

“Like you’re crazy as shit and have a death wish,” I say, backing away from him.

His eyes are thick with lust, his body cloaked in anger, and he wears it proudly like body armor.

I scramble around desks as I avoid capture. All the while he advances. Like this menacing form hell-bent on punishing me.

Liquid lust races through me, and my core pulses with a desperate need.

I love it when he’s like this.

Looking at me like he wants to fuck me so hard I’ll bleed.

My body purrs in anticipation as my back slams against a solid obstacle.

I know I’m sick and twisted, but I think that’s why we’re so well matched.

He wants to punish me, and I want to be punished.

About Siobhan

USA Today bestselling author Siobhan Davis writes emotionally intense young adult and new adult romantic fiction with swoon-worthy romance, complex characters, and tons of unexpected plot twists and turns that will have you flipping the pages beyond bedtime! She is the author of the international bestselling Kennedy Boys, Saven, and True Calling series’.

Siobhan’s family will tell you she’s a little bit obsessive when it comes to reading and writing, and they aren’t wrong. She can rarely be found without her trusty Kindle, a paperback book, or her laptop somewhere close at hand.

Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in human resource management.

She resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.

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Twisted Betrayal by Siobhan Davis–Review

😲😮Sweet Lemony Snickets! Heavens to Betsy!! Well, smack my a@@ and call me Sally!! What in tarnation, did I just read?!😮😲

Siobhan Davis, you never fail to astound me with your writing. Twisted Betrayal is everything the title implies. I thought at the end of Cruel Intentions, this couldn’t get any better. I was riding such a high, that when I started TB, I felt like that high would continue. In fact, I really had to settle myself back down, because the high at the end of Twisted Betrayal was nowhere near the ending in Cruel Intentions. This could be my fault, because I read them back to back, but nonetheless, both were freaking incredible. I am straining my brain trying to figure out how this could possibly end with a happily ever after, because right now, I am gutted.

There is so much tension, betrayal, deceit, drama, suspense, I could feel these characters drowning in all the emotions being thrown around with no end in sight. Just when you think you are going down with them, there’s a little light at the end of the tunnel and you think Abby and Kai are going to get some sort of happiness. But no, Siobhan must say in her head, ‘Oh no, let’s throw them through the ringer again and see what happens’!! I think I have bruises from how many times my jaw hit the floor. What I do know is the my TMJ hurt like the dickens, because of said action. Siobhan Davis…you slay me!!

Some basic principles in this world are we are all born, and will all die, there are people who will always love and protect us, our parents (theoretically), and you can live in three different time dimensions; the past, the present and the future. Abby and Kai experience all these principles, but for them, they aren’t necessarily given.

If you wanted to meet the devil/Lucifer/Satan, all you have to do is read Twisted Betrayal and search ‘Michael Hearst’. Abigail is the unfortunate recipient of having him as a father. He is a vile, maniacal, psychopath with illusions of grandeur topped off with a Narcissistic Personality Disorder. I despise, Michael Hearst with a passion and as you read, you will begin to understand why. My heart bled for Drew and Abby to have to grow up with this character as a ‘father’ (and I use the term loosely).

I was thoroughly sucked in and invested. Twisted Betrayal grabbed me by the heart and didn’t let go, even long after reading it. It’s been a few days since I read this and I’m still in emotional book hangover. Simply put, if you love emotional reads laden with lots of drama, deceit, and the inability to guess what’s going to happen next, Twisted Betrayal is for you.

*Keep in mind, this is a harsh book, that may not be easy for all to read, but if this kind of stuff doesn’t bother, MUST READ!!*

Cruel Prince by A. Jade–Blog Tour

 

Cruel Prince (Royal Hearts Academy #1) by Ashley Jade
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Blurb:
Welcome to their kingdom…

I never thought I’d step foot in Royal Manor again.
But four years later, here I am…back to finish my senior year at Royal Hearts Academy.

And forced to face Jace Covington.
My first friend. First crush. First kiss.
The one I left behind.

Only—he isn’t the same boy I gave my heart to.

This new Jace is as cruel as he is gorgeous.
And he’s determined to make my life a living hell.
Along with the rest of his glorified family and crew of tyrants.

They expect me to worship the ground they walk on like everyone else, but I’d rather eat dirt.

If Jace Covington wants me gone…he’ll have to try harder.
Because I’ve never been the kind of girl to play by the rules.

WARNING: Royal Hearts Academy is a New Adult/High School series of standalones filled with drama, a touch of angst, and boys who are bad to the bone.

This series is recommended for mature readers due to graphic language and sexual content.

 

Excerpt:
“Is that why you wore this sexy little shirt tonight?” His warm breath tickles the side of my neck. “Hoping to get my attention.”

“No.”

That earns me a husky chuckle. “Too bad.” He presses his lips against my throat. “Because it’s working. You have all my attention.” He walks his fingers down my torso. “Question is…what are you going to do with it?”

 

 

About the Author:
Ashley Jade loves to tackle different genres and tropes within romance. Her first loves are New Adult Romance and Romantic Suspense, but she also writes everything in between including: contemporary romance, erotica, and dark romance.

Her characters are flawed and complex, and chances are you will hate them before you fall head over heels in love with them.

She’s a die-hard lover of oxford commas, em dashes, music, coffee, and anything thought provoking…except for math.

Books make her heart beat faster and writing makes her soul come alive. She’s always read books growing up and scribbled stories in her journal, and after having a strange dream one night; she decided to just go for it and publish her first series.

It was the best decision she ever made.

If she’s not paying off student loan debt, working, or writing a novel—you can usually find her listening to music, hanging out with her readers online, and pondering the meaning of life.

Check out her amazon page and Facebook page for future novels.
She recently became hip and joined Twitter, so you can find her there, too.
She loves connecting with her readers—they make her world go round’.

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Crew Princess by Tijan–Review

Let me start this my saying that I love Tijan. She has so many powerful and meaningful books, that when I see she has a new one coming out, I’m like, ‘yes please’. However, it pains me to say this, but I was a little disappointed in Crew Princess. It seemed to fall a little flat compared to the rest of the series, but I’m not exactly sure why.

Jordan, Zellman, Cross, and Bren are still tight as ever in their Wolf Crew and have matured and grown over the course of the book. Bren is in a quandary as she tries to figure out what she’s going to do after graduation, if she makes it that far. The rest of the crew already have plans, but she doesn’t know where this leaves her. Cross and her are as adorable as ever. Would you call Cross adorable? 😏😉

‘Your first loyalty is to the crew, but mine is to you.’

As mentioned previously, the Wolf Crow is tight. They are loyal to the fullest, will protect each other with their lives, and are their own family unit. I loved the ‘love’ these four had for each other and never once did they question where their loyalty laid or what they should do in any given scenario. These guys are going to need it with the war that is headed their way.

There is plenty of action throughout with multiple Crew’s involved. Roussou has had to take in students from other high schools, and since then the crews have been scrambling to regain and dominate their turf.

“We were the Wolf Crew, the smallest crew in the Roussou crew system, but also the most dangerous one.”

Let’s talk about Cross for a second. Cross (insert sigh) is still the alpha leader of the crew. Dare I say this, but his relationship with Bren is quite refreshing. There aren’t many ‘PDA’ moments in this book, but what they do share is very sweet. You can really feel the love between these two. Despite being in high school, he is a Hero that one could only hope for.

‘We caught the end of one girl telling her friend to just do it, “break the a@@ seal.” Cross shot me a grin over his shoulder. I shook my head. Not solid advice, on any day.’

I mean, come on. All it took was one glance over his shoulder and he had Bren had their own non-communicative conversation. That’s why I love their relationship.

I’m slightly confused on Bren. I love her, because she is a super strong heroine, but in CP we got to see a different side of her. With the realization that things are moving and changing, she becomes more emotional which is a contrast from her hard, dark persona. I feel like this was to humanize her a little bit to show her growth and change. I’m just used to seeing her a certain way and it felt unnatural. What I absolutely adored more than anything though was her interaction with Harrison. This completely felt natural and truly showed that she was changing and growing.

Despite all this, I am still a huge Tijan fan. Will I still read and buy her books? Heck yeah, because I’m curious to see what she has in store for us is Crew Love (Wolf Crew #3).

Severance by N.N. Britt–Review

5 ‘Cupcake’ Stars

There are unfortunate tragedies that happen in the world today. Despicable, unfathomable and horrendous acts that occur every single day, hour, and minute. They are acts that may be uncomfortable and unpleasant to talk about and read about.  But have you ever put yourself in these people’s shoes and think what they may be going through or have gone through? N.N. Britt tackled a very heavy subject with sympathy, grace, understanding, and compassion. When she wrote, Severance, she left everything on the floor, including me. I have been drained and wrenched of any and all emotion within my body leaving me wrecked.

“We’re not victims” …” Survivors”

Alana Novak has many nicknames, Cupcake Queen, Virgin Mary, and church mouse, but who she really is, is an eighteen-year-old college freshman, who lives at home (not by choice), and has incredibly overprotective parents who are very religious. Alana is a young girl who is trying to find herself without all the restrictions laid before from her parents. Besides college, she has a passion for blogging and baking. She has a best friend, Jess, who is the quintessential friend who tries to ‘corrupt’, ahem, I mean push her outside of her box boundaries.

 

Alana and Jess attend a concert one night to see their favorite band, Black Rose. While there, they meet an up and coming new band, Midnight Rust and specifically, Alana meets her future boyfriend, Dakota Bennett. Immediate attraction brews between the two and they become as inseparable as two can be, with a set of overprotective parents. Dakota has a brother, Mikah Bennett, who is also part of Midnight Rust. If you think you know where this story is going, STOP, because it is so well done, that Ms. Britt has attached a part of Severance to my soul.

“I think I’m dreaming and one day, I’m going to wake up and he’ll be gone. And I’m dreading that moment like I’m dreading the end of the world.’

Mikah, Mikah, Mikah. My heart bleeds for him. He is a tortured, brooding, and silent screaming soul who is trying to find his place in this world. When a tragic event happens, this is even more amplified.

“Do you wanna know what I feel?” he continues. I hold my breath; my heart’s stuck in my throat. “Do you want to know what it’s like to always be second best, Alana?”

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I know Ms. Britt can write and if you’ve read, Rapture, you may know this as well. If you haven’t that’s ok, because she blew it out of the park in her writing skills in Severance. While she was pulling, twisting, and dragging the emotions out of me, she was also healing me with her writing style, unique situations and incredible storyline. Let me just say that I am in awe and privileged to have gone on this journey with her. I have to say, that honestly, I don’t know if I could ever give enough kudos, props, and accolades to N.N. Britt and Severance. What I can say is a definite ‘best of 2019’ book.

Honorable mention quotes:

“You’re my weird, Cupcake Queen.”

“I don’t know if he understands what I see is beautiful. I don’t have any other words to describe him.”

“He’s everything I ever wanted in a man. I just didn’t realize it until I got to know him.”

“I would die for you…if that would make you happy again.”

“No one wanted me. Ever.”

Fallen Saint by Monica James–Review

To say, I was an immediate fan after reading Bad Saint is a small understatement. Monica James…I am a huge fan. I loved Bad Saint, but can honestly say, I don’t know if I love it as much as Fallen Saint.

I feel as if I’ve aged 5 years while reading Fallen Saint. It carried the same fervor as BS but was amplified by 1,000%. I found myself yearning for the bad, trigger warning, take your breath away moments, because the writing was so descriptive, I felt like I had been thrown into this ‘little’ fantasy world of hers. While Monica was aging me, I was on the cusp of my seat wanting to yell, scream or throw something. *Side note: my hubby finally handed me a throw pillow, so I could do any of the above*. I had so many emotions running through my veins that I felt strung out like a junkie.
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I fell hard for Saint in Bad Saint and didn’t think I could fall in love with him more. I was so wrong. The struggle within him to do what he should and what he wants was overwhelming and made me fall into that cocooned blanket of his love.

Willow is amazing. She has phased out of the ditzy, ‘I’m a model’, into her own strong, self-confident woman. She had continued to evolve into a strong alpha heroine who emotes love for her Saint and has enough fierceness for the two of them.

Although, I was sad to see them leave the island and Harriet Pot Pie, I was intrigued and curious as to see where the next phase would take them and what would happen when they get there. We get to see a more prominent role of Aleksei and of course, I hated him immediately and didn’t trust him. The funny thing is, Monica did her thing with her fingers and keyboard keys, and I ended up liking him and felt sympathetic to him and his story. So, weird, but, so good at the same time.
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Fallen Saint was jaw dropping, completely worthy of swooning, adrenaline induced heart pounding palpitations, mindf*@king and book hangover worthy. I hope I didn’t give away too much of this book, but the ending. The ending!! Girl, you aren’t ready. Scout’s honor! I was around 85% when I thought, ‘really? That’s it?’ and then I get to the last sentence and find out I’m bawling and cursing Monica James for her good writing, but just kept saying, ‘why? Why?’ The ending had me shook, in disbelief and completely wrecked. I have re-read the last three chapters a total of three times and still feel the same. Forever My Saint, book three, can not come soon enough!!