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Filthy Little Pretties by Trilina Pucci–Review

I am always amazed when an author I love is able to switch categories seamlessly as if they have been doing it their whole life.  Welcome, Ms. Pucci to the world of NA! Trilina, who is known for her more dark and sexy reads, stepped up to the challenge and hit it out of the park.

Filthy Little Pretties is full of an overabundance of teenage angst, drama, rebelliousness, the uber notorious teenage cliques and every bad decision a teenager could make. FLP has it all and then some.

“The reality is, this school is a snapshot of the world, and McCallister is my crown, even if it’s heavy on my head.”

What we have is a cross between Gossip Girl and Cruel Intentions. These kids are privileged, they have money and are the upper echelon of society. While they may appear prim and proper (😂), there is also the sexy, seductive and manipulative side to them. Wickedly delicious!

Donovan, Grey and Liam are a part of this society, except they have been friends for years. However, something comes between them and one has to leave when they are twelve years old. The two remaining will always have a hole in them from Donovan leaving, but they go on as any kid would. That is until Van makes a reappearance at their high school. Watch out world, the three besties are back together.

Three friends in frot of a sea

“Welcome back, Cherry.”

The love they have for each other was delicious and incredible to see, yet don’t let this love fool you. Van, Grey and Liam love to push each other’s button and boundaries. Yet, somehow, with this threesome it works.

The world that you are sucked into in Filthy Little Pretties is perfection. I love every friendship, enemy, drama and angst that was written. Trilina Pucci wrote a book that is beautiful and raw, unpredictable, excessive angst that just jumps of the page sucking you in and is amazing! Trilina you slayed me with the telling of this NA romance and I’m crossing fingers and toes for more!!

“First. Last. And only”

 

Creole Kingpin by Meghan March–Review

So, it’s been a little bit of a hot minute since I read a Meghan March book and all I have to say is, ‘why did it take me so long to read another one of her books?’ I was intrigued and shook by all that was happening in this book. I was sucked in and engrossed from beginning to end.

Creole Kingpin is set in good ole NOLA. The sights and sounds that describe within brought me right back to my time in New Orleans. Psst…Meghan, thanks for the memories! 😉😉 Our main characters are, Magnolia and Moses. To say these two had a past is a wee bit of an understatement. It may not have been long in time frame but it was intense.

“A beautiful woman who plays chess like a master. I never guessed that’d be so damn sexy or my greatest weakness.”

Fast forward fifteen years and these once former pals are meeting again. Him intentionally, her unintentionally and ready to clean out the trash and memories.
Magnolia is intense, fierce, tough, determined, gorgeous and strongly independent. She was simply power poured into a pencil skirt and a stunning exterior. Magnolia has not had an easy life, but everything she did, she did for a greater purpose. Magnolia is one of my favorite heroines that I’ve read in a while. I may have a wee lady boner for her.

“Magnolia Marie Maison. No Man owns me. No man controls me.”

Moses is this cool guy who appears to be very laid back as if nothing will touch him, until he has fully reunited with Magnolia. He is also very determined and exudes this intense cool cat exterior. Behind closed doors or with his friends, he breaks character a little bit. Once you read about these two together it’s clear that they are undeniably made for each other, but Mags is more tentative.

“That’s what I want, Moby. I want a partner. I want someone to stand by me while we weather the storms. Because my life seems to be filled with fucking storms.”

Creole Kingpin is epic. It has a little bit of everything from mystery, drama, romance and sexy! I was full on sucked in from the beginning. It was intoxicating, intense, suspenseful and mysterious. Meghan’s writing was fabulous and had every component one looks for in a book. The characters are will written, they are intense and show growth from beginning to end and her storyline and plot was spot on. I am so excited for book two, because that cliffhanger, girl had me reeling and wanting more!!

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In Fury Lies Mischief by Amo Jones–Review

HO-LY CRAP!!!! Not to quote Alicia Key’s here, but ‘this girl is on fire’!! She has slayed me yet again with an all-consuming and gritty work of art! Time has come to write another review for an Amo Jones book and I genuinely say after each book, ‘I don’t know how she can top herself’. Ladies and gentlemen let me introduce you to the world of Mayhem and The Brothers of Kiznitch. In Peace Lies Havoc we were introduced to the brothers, King, Killian, Keaton and Kyrin, with King and Dove being center stage.

In Fury Lies Mayhem is Killian’s book with Saskia and straight up and honest here, HER BEST BOOK YET!! It’s been a few days since I finished, and I CAN’T GET KILLIAN AND SASKIA OUT OF MY HEAD!! Major book hangover!! I have said this before, and I’m going to say this again. Amo creates worlds with such clarity, from the overall generalized setting, i.e. location, down to the description of a tiny button on a pair of pants. It is impossible to not imagine what she is talking about. Her plotlines and storylines are ALWAYS on point, character descriptions are never lacking, and they always show growth from beginning to end.
I’m sure I’m not going to be the only one that says this, but Killian, good God, Killian was killing it. He’s completely and utterly addictive. You can NEVER have enough of him. He has turned into my favorite Hero that Amo has ever written. He’s everything a member of Mayhem should be. He’s smoking hot, wicked, determined, mischievous, a badass and a straight up trickster. He has the face and the body to get a person to do whatever they want, even without his special ‘powers’ of telekinesis, hypnosis and coercive persuasion. As much as I loved him in the beginning, by the end, that love had deepened, simply because we got to see different aspects of his character that are not readily seen.

“I’ll f*cking wait for you for as long as I need to, because time doesn’t tick unless you’re in my arms.

Saskia, mmm, girl, she is a match waiting to go up in flames. If gasoline was Kill and Sass is the match, they are one wickedly combustive inferno. She is perfectly ‘match’ed for Killian. She not only stands up to him and fights him, but she deviously plays the Trickster with his games. Killian has never met someone like her.

“There’s sexy, beautiful, hot, banging, and then there’s Saskia, whose beauty trumps all the mundane adjectives that the Oxford Dictionary can generate.”

In Fury Lies Mischief has consumed me and left me in a cyclone of emotions. I adored seeing this rough and hardened couple come together and show us all sides to their relationship and individual character. Amo is an epically gifted author/writer and I feel blessed to be able to read her books. Due to her incredible writing skills, I can still feel Mayhem swirling through me. Amo Jones, you are the Queen and I humbly bow down at your feet, screaming ‘I’m not worthy, I’m not worthy’.

Stolen Soulmate by Mary Catherine Gebhard–Review

Stolen Soulmate is such an appropriate title. MCG not only stole my soul but eviscerated it to smithereens. I am amazed at her writing. Mary Catherine Gebhard appears so sweet, but don’t let that fool you. She wrote a fabulous book that has left me gutted. It is heart-wrenchingly beautiful with a twist of cruel perfection.

Grayson ‘Gray’ Crowne is the Hero in this bully romance. I have an incredible love-hate relationship with him. When he was in the light, he was cruel, demanding and inhumane. Let’s just say, the ‘Playboy Prince’ treated the staff like dogs, especially Storybook Hale. In the dark, Story saw another side to Gray, his true side.

“Grayson Crowne is the cruelest person in the world, and I’m hopelessly in love with him, but his love only bloomed in the dark.”

Story is ‘the help’ and therefore, has many rules she needs to follow, yet somehow has trouble with one. Do not look a Crowne in the eyes. Story has no problem challenging and standing up to Gray. As Gray is almost two sided, so is Story. She is meek and submissive, yet this sassy woman has a fiery side. In each other, Gray and Story find their equal, their soulmate.

“Because for this moment I’m Story, and you’re Gray, and right now it’s okay.”

Gray and Story’s story is romantic and easy to fall in love with them. Yet this romantic relationship is also tragic and grippingly emotional. MCG had me crying, yelling, drinking, stupefied and dumbfounded. I am still reeling internally when thinking about this doomed couple. I am thoroughly addicted and need more of the Crowne Point world.

”When you look at a Crowne, they ruin your life. When you cross a Crowne…they make sure you wish you’d never been born.”

 

Kiss Me With Lies (Twins #1) by S.M. Soto-Review

5 ‘Whoa, holy flipping’ stars

Umm, what in tarnation did I just read? I am sitting here flabbergasted and gob smacked not knowing how to describe this freaking incredible romantic suspense from S.M. Soto. I am so in love with KMWL, but really Ms. Soto that ending. Really? Talk about a MASSIVE book hangover. GAH!!!

Ok, so now that I verbally got that sort of out of my system, let’s see if I can write a review. I’m trying to figure out who my heart yearns more for, Mackenzie or Baz? Mackenzie has suffered so much loss in her life, it was emotionally heavy just taking on some of her loss. It was nice to see her move on to her new life, but where she had me rooting for her, was when she started to stand up for herself and find some answers.

Then there is Baz (sigh), he is exquisitely commanding, domineering, compassionate, addicting and hot AF. Beware though, ovaries will be erupting just a heads up. Oh, Baz is so edible, and S.M. Soto KNOWS how to write her Heroes.
BazKMWL
Everything about Kiss Me With Lies is top notch! It is INCREDIBLY well written, perfectly timed emotional upheaval with well-placed twists and turns. Not one of my more well written reviews but Kiss Me With Lies has just blown my mind and I’m not sure if I’ll recover until I get to read Bury Me With Lies.

“You consume me to the point where I don’t think rationally when I’m near you.”

 

Bullseye by Monica James–Review

Bullseye is dark, gritty, raw and passionate. Some would say, Bull is disturbed, vicious and maniacal. Bullseye can also be described as emotional, soul touching and enlightening.

From the beginning of chapter one, you are automatically sucked into the reality of Bullseye.

“A pair of motorcycle boots, size thirteen, A Harley-Davidson T-shirt. A pair blue jeans ripped in both knees. A black hoodie. A leather wallet containing eighty-five dollars. And a silver necklace with a St. Christopher medallion.”

Reader, welcome to the world of Bullseye. Yes, he is being released from prison after serving time. I should warn you though this is not your traditional love story. You know, boy meets girl, they fall in love, and that love can conquer all. This is a gritty story of revenge, violence, rage, hate and lust.  While trying to keep his nose clean for his PO, he is busy plotting, planning and waiting to execute his revenge. Something he didn’t plan on, is meeting Tigerlily. She puts a big stumbling block in Bull’s plan.

Tigerlily (Lily) is a hard-working mom. What she wasn’t planning on was laying eyes on the newest bouncer at the club and falling for him. Lily is fierce with a bold and saucy personality. She is perfect for Bull because of this nature. However deep down below she really is a fragile human being trying to do right by her and her son.

I loved Bull, despite whatever flaws he may think he has and lack of future. I won’t say the reason he went to prison, but upon learning what it is, this humanizes Bull a little. Is this book a dark romance? Yes, Monica wasn’t playing around when she said this is dark, but the marvelous, monumental writing of Ms. James, allows you to have a very minute glimmer of hope for these two.

Monica James wrote a beautifully flawed story for two heartwarmingly flawed individuals. In writing this, she is showing there is beauty in the flawed and dark. Sometimes, you just have to dig deep past any barriers to find this beautiful individual. Now, am I saying that Bull is a good guy? Nope, but he is surrounded with emotions and it is impossible not to be drawn into him and feel for the guy. He has gotten a rough hand in life and is learning how to deal with it the best he can.

Bullseye, through the eyes and mind of Monica, just sucks you in. The words, emotions, situations just pour out of the story. I’m not sure what this means for me, but I fell in love with Bullseye and the book. I think I will always be slightly changed with the stain of Bull on my heart. Excellent writing, extremely descriptive scenarios and characters that jump off the screen. Bull is my imperfectly perfect Prince Charming.

“This is me. A coldhearted bastard. A depraved animal. My story doesn’t end with Prince Charming saving the princess and living happily ever after with her because…I killed the f*n prince.”

 

Angry God by LJ Shen–Review

Whoa. Wow. Ok. Where do I even start with this one.

First and foremost, I appreciate Leigh’s candidness regarding trigger warnings in her books. By putting a warning on a book, you are immediately on edge knowing something is going to happen. As a reader, you anticipate the storyline a little bit without reading and enjoying in the present. With that said, all I can reiterate is whoa, wow, ok!

I have conflicting angel and devil on my shoulders regarding Angry God. Baron ‘Vicious’ Spencer is a formidable man, which made me super excited to read about Vaughn. Was Vicious Junior as bad as his father or did he exceed him? I think it’s safe to say in this standpoint, ‘like father, like son’.

Vaughn is highly complicated and for the first half of the book you could tell that the boy had issues. The only relationship not complicated was with Vaughn and Emilia. He was a momma’s boy and it was sweet to see this relationship. Vaughn also had a good relationship with his father, since they were of the same temperament.

Lenora (Len/Lenny) was a unique character. She always wanted to be the person that didn’t stand out. She wanted to simply fade into the walls and hope people would forget her. Too bad that wasn’t going to be the case after meeting Vaughn. In the beginning of the book, Len was a little mousy for me. She hadn’t had an easy childhood either, but I wasn’t extremely fond of her. When she went back to Carlisle Prep, she emerged as a different person. I loved it. She stood her ground and didn’t let anyone push her around. She had found her voice!

Despite being told in dual POV, I feel like it mostly is Vaughn’s book and journey to redemption and revenge. Can baby Vicious rebuild a heart that is black and rotten to its core? Can Len heal not only herself, but that wasteland where feelings should be in Vaughn? I recommend this book but will also say it may not be for everyone. So, if you’re feeling adventurous and have your mind and heart open to a wide array of feelings and emotions, then this book is for you.