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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!!

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.”

Enemies by Tijan–Review

Tijan for me is one of those ‘crack’ authors. I can never get enough, and I need more. So, when it came time to read all I knew were two things. 1) main characters were enemies and 2) it was a sports ‘romance’. Sometimes, I like to go into a book not expecting anything, it allows a full impression and not jumping ahead in my mind, waiting for something expected to happen.

To be honest, I wasn’t quite feeling the beginning. It was a little stunted/choppy. I’m not sure why, because all the great elements are there, along with Tijan’s unique writing style. I am happy to announce that this feeling didn’t last long, and I was sucked in from that point forward. This is something that I don’t experience a lot considering there are so many phenomenal writers out there.

My favorite Tijan books are the Fallen Crest High series and the spin-offs. They are OUT OF THIS WORLD and re-readable often. Why am I mentioning this, because it’s hard to look at Stone and not think of Mason and Logan. I love Stone. Despite being enemies, he was redeemable in his enemy status and turns into more of a true hero.

Dusty. For me, Dusty was a hard character to vibe with. She has had so much trauma and hardships in her life, it felt like a ‘check off’ list. In the beginning, she is a mess and is trying to get her life together. By the end, she has transformed into a tough and strong character. She achieves this on her own, yet if it wasn’t for Stone and the non-verbal communication that they share, it may have taken Dusty to get there.

If you don’t know me, I am an epilogue whore. I can’t get enough of them. Enemies was blessed with two epilogues and they were ah-maz-ing!!

Tijan for me is one of those ‘crack’ authors. I can never get enough, and I need more. So, when it came time to read all I knew were two things. 1) main characters were enemies and 2) it was a sports ‘romance’. Sometimes, I like to go into a book not expecting anything, it allows a full impression and not jumping ahead in my mind, waiting for something expected to happen.
To be honest, I wasn’t quite feeling the beginning. It was a little stunted/choppy. I’m not sure why, because all the great elements are there, along with Tijan’s unique writing style. I am happy to announce that this feeling didn’t last long, and I was sucked in from that point forward. This is something that I don’t experience a lot considering there are so many phenomenal writers out there.
My favorite Tijan books are the Fallen Crest High series and the spin-offs. They are OUT OF THIS WORLD and re-readable often. Why am I mentioning this, because it’s hard to look at Stone and not think of Mason and Logan. I love Stone. Despite being enemies, he was redeemable in his enemy status and turns into more of a true hero.
Dusty. For me, Dusty was a hard character to vibe with. She has had so much trauma and hardships in her life, it felt like a ‘check off’ list. In the beginning, she is a mess and is trying to get her life together. By the end, she has transformed into a tough and strong character. She achieves this on her own, yet if it wasn’t for Stone and the non-verbal communication that they share, it may have taken Dusty to get there.
If you don’t know me, I am an epilogue whore. I can’t get enough of them. Enemies was blessed with two epilogues and they were ah-maz-ing!!

Tijan for me is one of those ‘crack’ authors. I can never get enough, and I need more. So, when it came time to read all I knew were two things. 1) main characters were enemies and 2) it was a sports ‘romance’. Sometimes, I like to go into a book not expecting anything, it allows a full impression and not jumping ahead in my mind, waiting for something expected to happen.

To be honest, I wasn’t quite feeling the beginning. It was a little stunted/choppy. I’m not sure why, because all the great elements are there, along with Tijan’s unique writing style. I am happy to announce that this feeling didn’t last long, and I was sucked in from that point forward. This is something that I don’t experience a lot considering there are so many phenomenal writers out there.

My favorite Tijan books are the Fallen Crest High series and the spin-offs. They are OUT OF THIS WORLD and re-readable often. Why am I mentioning this, because it’s hard to look at Stone and not think of Mason and Logan. I love Stone. Despite being enemies, he was redeemable in his enemy status and turns into more of a true hero.

Dusty. For me, Dusty was a hard character to vibe with. She has had so much trauma and hardships in her life, it felt like a ‘check off’ list. In the beginning, she is a mess and is trying to get her life together. By the end, she has transformed into a tough and strong character. She achieves this on her own, yet if it wasn’t for Stone and the non-verbal communication that they share, it may have taken Dusty to get there.

If you don’t know me, I am an epilogue whore. I can’t get enough of them. Enemies was blessed with two epilogues and they were ah-maz-ing!!

Violent Triumphs (White Monarch, book 3) by Jessica Hawkins

Title: Violent Triumphs
Series: White Monarch #3
Author: Jessica Hawkins
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 12, 2019

MY REVIEW

Blurb
The highly anticipated conclusion to the “emotional,
steamy, and dangerous” 
USA Today bestselling White
Monarch
 series.

I’ve become a queen to the forsaken, a leader to thieves, and the wife of a man
who instills fear in all who cross his path. He was the husband I didn’t want.
Now, I can’t fathom life without my king.

I should’ve been ready for anything. Like the caterpillar that feeds on poison
during metamorphosis, I was raised in the dangerous world of cartel crime. But
nothing could’ve prepared me for Cristiano de la Rosa, his brother’s poison, or
the Calavera cartel.

This is still a story about a love strong enough to topple households, unite
enemies, and divide brothers. Resilient enough to bring down those who would
try to destroy it . . . and selfless enough to make the ultimate sacrifice.

But I was warned, and so were you. Death’s day always comes. This time, it will
find what was once a caterpillar is now a butterfly—and hell hath no fury like
the White Monarch.
Purchase Links
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Author Bio
Jessica
Hawkins is a
USA Today bestselling
author known for her “emotionally gripping” and “off-the-charts
hot” romance. Dubbed “queen of angst” by both peers and readers
for her smart and provocative work, she’s garnered a cult-like following of
fans who love to be torn apart…and put back together.
She writes
romance both at home in New York and around the world, a coffee shop traveler
who bounces from café to café with just a laptop, headphones, and coffee cup.
She loves to keep in close touch with her readers, mostly via Facebook,
Instagram, and her mailing list.
Author Links

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.”

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.

The Rest of Me by Ashley Munoz–Review

It’s always a good thing when you walk away from a book thinking, ‘Wow’ (jaw and emotions on the floor). So here I sit and I’m still thinking, ‘wow’, but beyond that I feel like I have no words. So here it goes.

There were so many aspects of this book that I loved, but the characters are a main part. Layla is drowning in grief from the death of her husband. While trying to fake it until she can make it, she is also mom to four incredibly awesome kids. I loved the kids and their personalities in this book. Their presence completely added to the book in every single way. It was fantastic to read an emotional romance book that focused so much on family, even if that put Layla and Reid in some precarious situations. 😉

“Henley says that daddy is your rock and I wanted to give you a rock from me, so I could be your rock too.”

Reid, Reid, Reid. Talk about someone who was practicing a severe case of self-hate. Despite his feelings toward himself, I had the complete opposite feeling towards him. He was gentlemanly, hardworking, sensitive, and an animal lover to boot. Every emotion that he felt towards himself, I had the opposite reaction. He is a gorgeous man, based on his character and personality alone.

‘”When the hurt gets too big, and there’s no one who will understand; I tell them”…”They listen better than anyone and my soul always feels lighter when I’m done.'”

Ashley Munoz, you have created an epically emotion filled book with so many dimensions that it is truly awe-inspiring. The characters are complex while having a simple nature. It is difficult not to fall in love with each one. The story line melded together so easily while experiencing the ups/downs of a good book. Think a lazy river rapids ride, with its sudden drops, tumultuous water, and evening out finally to calm. From beginning to epilogue, I was sucked in and thoroughly loved this book.

“She wasn’t ready for love and I wasn’t ready to lose her.”