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Ruthless Knight by A. Jade–Review

Reading Cruel Prince, I thought I was done for. I fell hardcore for the Royal Hearts family, including Cole Covington. The tortured, black hearted twin with nothing but malice in him. I couldn’t wait to dig into his book to see what made him tick.

Ruthless Knight did not disappoint. Within her 100 chapters, A. Jade wrote a web of feelings, emotions, storylines, and flashbacks to make a grown woman cry. I couldn’t help but feel my own heart breaking while reading about Cole and Sawyer.

Sawyer Church, the Bible thumper at RHA. Despite trying to be a nobody and blend into the walls, you couldn’t help but notice her. She also is tortured, unloved, unwanted, and compared to her ‘perfect’ sister. For some reason, she can see through Cole to the good that is hidden deep down. This, of course, unsettles Cole, so he does what most teenagers would, he picks on her.

When all is said and done and the book is completed, this was a beautiful story of acceptance, love, and forgiveness. However, to get to ‘The End’, Ms. Jade took us through some tough topics and situations that will leave you tearing up for days. It’s hard not to love all characters written within this book. They are family. One of these family members that I am anxious to read about is Bianca. I want to know her story and what makes Baby Covington the spoiled, bitchy, and devious princess that she is!!

Gabriel’s Promise by Sylvain Reynard–review

Professor Gabriel Emerson is akin to coming home. Imagine your favorite slippers, leggings or blanket, that feeling of contentment is one that washed over me as I started reading. I was enthralled and completely sucked into Gabriel and Julia’s previous books, specifically, books one and two.
Professor Emerson is my OG professor to kick off my love of Professor-Student genres. I loved seeing a different side of Gabriel, especially after the birth of their daughter, Clare. So attentive, loving and protective. Just what his girls need.
Now that Clare is in the picture, one would hope that Gabriel and Julia have an easy breezy future. Unfortunately, they are tested and must face challenges that will test them both. Ms. Reynard packed a full storyline with issues, enemies, and confrontations between beginning and end. Some may have been true storyline issues, while others felt like ‘fluff’ and didn’t really need to be there.
Despite all this, Sylvain’s writing is wonderful. If you have read the previous books, pick this up on January 7th and see what the Emerson’s are up too!

Hearts and Thorns by Ella Fields–Review

4 ‘Bug and Toad’ Stars

Holy, Ella Fields!! I am a sucker and completely addicted to stepbrother romances, so naturally I thought Hearts and Thorns would be right up my alley.  Well, freaking A, it was a stepbrother romance, but it was so much more. It’s the ‘more’ that you have to worry about with Ella Fields books.

When I hear Ella has a new book coming out, I’m all excited and can’t wait. What my conscious seems to forget is that Ella is sweet and writes amazing books, but those books will chew you up, grind your feelings down in a blender, and spit you out without a second thought. This leaves you a jumbled mess trying to catch a breath while laying crumpled on the floor. Glutton for punishment, party of 1? 🙋🏻‍♀️

Jackson and Willa Thorn were raised as siblings, despite the fact they weren’t blood related. They were everything to each other, as well as best friends. This type of relationship wasn’t a problem until they grew older and feelings/dynamics started to change. This eliciting a forbidden, taboo, and dirty secret relationship.

Despite all this, I couldn’t look away. I HAD to keep reading. I didn’t care if I was going to be shocked, let down, or completely and utterly pulverized. I HAD to read about Willa and Jackson! I needed to know more and see how they would navigate this relationship in a world that isn’t ready for the norm of stepsibling’s romance being ok.

So, be prepared. Grab your tissues, drink of choice, maybe some chocolate and get ready for a gut-wrenching, soul crunching and a heartbreaking read.

 

 

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.
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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.
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