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Bona Fide (Illusive duet, book 2) by Hazel Grace–Review

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I have read all of Hazel Grace’s books, starting with Arranged (Array Series 1) and have seen the progression of her writing increase with each book. This writing is completely at its best in the Illusive duet.

Catfish, book 1, knocked me off my seat onto my ‘bass’😉. I was sucked in from the word Prologue. Wade has been my man since that first paragraph (sorry Dee. You get him first, but I also lay claim to him😉😂). Catfish was one heck of a ride, that I was not ready for, but COMPLETELY loved!

So, Bona Fide comes out and I thought, ‘what is the cliffhanger queen going to do to us now’? Simple answer, a lot!! If you were looking for an easy wrap up with a cute little bow, go someplace else. You will not find that here. Now, it does not mean that there may/may not be a HEA involved, that is for you to find out. It just means in either scenario, HEA or no HEA, you will be taken on a ride.

Bona Fide continues with the ever-tumultuous Reagan and Wade. Reagan is spicy, hot, not a pushover, can take care of herself and confident. She is full of witty comebacks, which had me snickering throughout the book. This does not mean that there was not angst and drama going on. At times, I felt like I needed to cut through it with a knife.
Wade has a whole other journey going on, his political journey and how to not become just another politician. When you think of the word politician, what are some things you think of? Confident, charming, relatable, goal-oriented, uncomplicated, and fearless come to mind? What about negative characteristics or people’s perception of them? Corrupt, dishonest, unethical, greedy, selfish, and bad judgment, to name a few! I will not give away what Wade does or who he is, but I will say, you really begin to feel the amount of pressure that is on his shoulders and how he tries to maintain the man beneath the political shroud. There are many things going on with Wade, but overall, you can feel how incredible of a MC he is. It truly is hard not to fall in love with him.

Hazel Grace is blossoming into an incredible author. Catfish/Bona Fide is evidence of that. There are massive amounts of angst, boat loads of drama, sprinkled with some comedic laughs and bucket loads full of hot, sexy, and romantic times. I HIGHLY recommend this series!!

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IOU by Kristy Marie–Review

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I fell hard for Kristy Marie, her writing and the characters in her Commandeer in Briefs series. I truly did not think I could love main characters more than Theo/Anniston, or the bromance of Theo/Gage. She proved me wrong. I am in serious love with Maverick and Ainsley and their band of side characters.

Ainsley is the girl that you want to be friends with. I think we all could find some aspect of her character that would resonate within ourselves. She is fun, quirky, a ‘button pusher’ unintentionally, plucky and strong willed. Despite all these positive characteristics, she is a hot mess. This will lead to many ‘adventures’ with Ainsley and you will be laughing so hard at her antics your ribs will hurt in the morning.

Maverick. It is hard to say his name without wanting to sigh. Maverick is moody, broody, his name alone makes people quiver (and not in a good way sometimes😏). Despite his rough, stony and cold-hearted outward appearance, he is something else entirely underneath and it only takes one tenacious girl to start poking holes in his façade.

Now, take their individual characteristics and combine them. What do you have? Maverick and Ainsley’s relationship, which will never be boring, always hilarious and my new favorite couple of Kristy Marie’s. IOU is written so entirely well that it will have you feeling the feels. Personally, I cannot help but not looking at the cover and breaking out in a smile. It is fun, refreshing, hilarious, powerful and enduring. I loved every little thing about IOU and am so happy to see Kristy Marie spread her wings and try something new. Well done, Kristy, well done!!

PS…One side character I must mention is Lawrence!! He is downright lovable!!

Interpreter (Commandeer in Briefs series #4) by Kristy Marie

Interpreter is part of Kristy’s, Commandeer in Briefs series, about Timaeus Lambros. I didn’t fully understand how addicting, emotional, love bubble absorbing, and fulfilling Tim’s story was going to be.

Kristy writes with such force that you are emotionally driven while reading. These emotions can range from all out comedy, drowning in tears or an overall feeling of satisfaction. It is hot, spicy, and heartwarming. Interpreter hits on all these points and then some.

When reading any book from the CIB series, you just get this feeling like you are returning home. The boys and girls are written so that you feel that you are part of this wonderfully inclusive club, where no one is biologically related, but every single one of these characters is your brother or sister. Tim is no exception.

Timaeus is one of the Marine veterans that Anniston had picked up in Commandeer in Briefs. He has always been somewhat reserved and in Interpreter, we find out why. When Tim is going through an upheaval in every aspect of his life, his ‘family’ is there for him, including Aspen (who is ABSOLUTELY adorable throughout this book). Aspen is the one thing to help Tim begin to accept what is going on in his life. With the rest of his family, he begins to step out into the real world again and it is through this that he meets Milah.

Milah is a delight. She is feisty, driven, adorable, quirky, and in a bind. She is completely lovable with all her idiosyncrasies. Milah is family oriented, has a certain affinity to a little boy named Oliver, and a deeper appreciation for the hearing impaired and ASL speaking community. Through all her Costa Rican feistiness, she is truly a teddy bear inside, albeit a feisty teddy bear.

I’ve already alluded to some secondary characters in this book but haven’t touched on all of them. Milah’s best friend, Felipe, is a character. He is there to help her, whether that be with fashion tips, men, or reality checks. I think everyone should have a friend like Felipe! The boys of the foundation, along with there significant others are hysterical. They bring so much comedy, it’s nice to revisit with them and their usual banter.

Kristy brought her all when she wrote Interpreter. Interpreter is without a doubt, hands down my favorite book. I still love Cade and his story, Gorgeous, but Tim is magical. She has totally hit it out of the park with Interpreter. I fully believe that this is her best book yet. You will be in for a treat!!

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.

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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.”